This chicken enchilada soup is loaded with shredded chicken, corn, beans, vegetables and cheese, then finished off with a variety of toppings. An easy one pot dinner that the whole family will love!

We eat a lot of soup during the winter, some of our favorites are stuffed pepper soup, cabbage roll soup, chicken taco soup and this amazingly delicious enchilada soup.

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A bowl of chicken enchilada soup topped with tortilla strips, sour cream and cilantro.

Chicken enchiladas are awesome, but let’s face it, they can be a lot of work. Between making the filling, the sauce, then rolling up all those tortillas, it can be an hours long affair. This chicken enchilada soup has all the same great flavors but with WAY less work. It’s a one pot meal that’s on the table in less than 30 minutes.

How do you make chicken enchilada soup?

This soup starts with a saute of onions and garlic. The next ingredient is one you may not have heard of before, and it’s called masa harina which is a corn flour. It’s sold in my grocery store under the brand name Maseca in the baking aisle. If you can’t find masa harina, you can omit it, but this corn flour really gives the soup an authentic flavor and helps to thicken up the broth.

Sauteed onions and masa harina in a soup pot.

After the onions and masa harina are in the pot, the chicken, tomatoes, corn, black beans, green chiles, enchilada sauce and broth all follow.

A soup pot full of shredded chicken, tomatoes, chiles, black beans, corn and broth.

Tips for chicken enchilada soup

  • You can use any kind of cooked chicken for this soup, such as leftover cubed chicken, shredded rotisserie chicken, or roasted chicken.
  • Not a fan of black beans? Try pinto beans instead.
  • I use frozen corn, but canned or fresh corn will also work just fine.
  • I chose a mild red enchilada sauce, but if you prefer spicy, use a hot enchilada sauce instead.

The final step to this chicken enchilada soup is to stir in some shredded cheese, which thickens the soup even more and gives it a rich and creamy flavor.

Chicken enchilada soup with cheddar cheese on top.

Add a little cilantro and you’re ready to eat! I love to add a variety of toppings on my bowl of soup including

  • More cheese!
  • Tomatoes
  • Olives
  • Avocado
  • Tortilla strips
  • Sour cream

A pot of chicken enchilada soup filled with beans, tomatoes and corn.

Slow cooker chicken enchilada soup

You can make this soup in the slow cooker, but you’ll want to start with uncooked chicken breasts. Place the chicken breasts, along with the onion, beans, chiles, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, masa harina and broth in the crock pot. Cook for 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low. Shred the chicken with two forks, then return it to the soup. Stir in the cheese, top with cilantro, and serve.

This soup is absolutely perfect for a cold day, it’s comfort food at its finest!

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Chicken Enchilada Soup Video

5 from 17 votes

Chicken Enchilada Soup

AuthorSara Welch
A bowl of chicken enchilada soup topped with tortilla strips, sour cream and cilantro.
This chicken enchilada soup is loaded with shredded chicken, corn, beans, vegetables and cheese, then finished off with a variety of toppings. An easy one pot dinner that the whole family will love!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Serves 4


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup masa harina corn flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups cooked chicken shredded or cubed
  • 10 ounce can red enchilada sauce
  • 15 ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes do not drain
  • 4 ounce can diced green chiles
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels frozen, fresh or canned
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • assorted toppings such as tortilla strips, sour cream and avocado


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Stir in the masa harina and cook for one more minute.
  • Pour in the chicken stock and stir until well combined.
  • Add the chicken, enchilada sauce, beans, tomatoes, chiles, corn, and salt and pepper to the pot. Bring the soup to a simmer and cook for 8-10 minutes.
  • Add the cheese, whisking to combine well. 
  • Sprinkle the cilantro over the top of the soup. Serve immediately with assorted toppings as desired.


Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 754mg | Potassium: 1044mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 980IU | Vitamin C: 32.1mg | Calcium: 300mg | Iron: 5.6mg

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  1. Hi Sarah
    Your recipe are so delicious and easy they are saving my life right now like i said I cook for six people every day
    My grandchildren are enjoying everything thank you may god continue is blessing on your family

  2. 5 stars
    This soup is so tasty and simple to make. The masa gives it a wonderful flavor. Even my picky husband liked it. Definitely a keeper!

  3. Me and my kids always order chicken enchilada soup when it is on a menu. I wanted to make it at home and this recipe was great. Does it freeze well?

  4. 5 stars
    Hello, I was wanting to make chicken enchilada soup. I had a basic idea on what was in it because I have never made it before so I was looking for a good base recipe. I loved your recipe!!!! We are still in a stay at home order here in Ohio, so I didn’t have black beans but i did a substitute of garbanzo beans, nor did I have green chilies or corn flour. I made do with what I had and It was a hit. Thank you. I’m glad I found you on the internet. 🙂