Slow-Cooker Enchilada Soup

A delicious dinner that's ready for cooking in 10 minutes

Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup

This enchilada soup packs a punch when zesty seasoning, such as Old El Paso, are added. A delicious dinner that's ready for cooking in 10 minutes.

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  • 2 Cups chicken broth (from 32-oz carton), such as Progresso
  • 1 can (19 oz) mild or hot enchilada sauce, such as
  • 1 can (4.5 oz) chopped mild green chiles, such as Old El Paso
  • 1 package (20 oz) bone-in chicken breasts, skin removed
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained, rinsed, such as Progresso
  • 1 bag (12 oz) frozen corn, thawed, drained, such as Green Giant Steamer Niblets
  • Shredded Mexican cheese blend, if desired
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, if desired
  • Crushed tortilla chips, if desired

Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup

There’s been a whole lot of cooking going on over the last several weeks! I’ve been looking for easy to make meal ideas so that I’m not always in the kitchen. This recipe is one of those simple dinner ideas that the whole family loves, using mainly canned ingredients.

Crock-Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup

Looking for a low effort, stick-to-your-ribs dinner? You've come to the right place. This Tex-Mex inspired soup is hearty, delicious, and endlessly riffable. Here are some ways to switch it up:

&bull Swap in skinless bone-in chicken thighs for breasts for richer flavor and more tender meat. Keep in mind that chicken thighs require a longer cook time, so tack an extra hour on for a total of 4 hours on high in the slow cooker.

&bull Get fancy and make your enchilada sauce from scratch. It's easier than you think, and it will had a smoky complexity to your broth.

&bull Mix and match your favorite toppings. Try crushed Fritos, cubed avocado, roasted pumpkin seeds, pickled or fresh jalapeños, pickled red onions. whatever floats your boat.

&bull Make your own black beans. (Yes, we may be leaving "easy" territory. 😬) Homemade beans are more flavorful and more economical than canned beans, so if you have the time, make 'em at home!

&bull If you love all things spicy, add some cayenne (a pinch at a time), hot sauce, or canned chilis to your soup to kick the heat up a notch.

Made this? Let us know how it went in the comment section below!

Editor's Note: The introduction to this recipe was updated on September 30, 2020 to include more information about the dish.

Chicken Enchilada Soup

If you have followed me very long you likely know my fondness for a good bowl of homemade soup. It’s perfect on a chilly day but I like it no matter the weather.

It’s also one of my favorite things to cook because I can be creative and use up ingredients I have on hand. That’s how this recipe for Chicken Enchilada Soup came about.

I stocked a lot of canned goods late last summer in preparation for the unknowns of fall and winter during the pandemic. But now I am trying to use up some of the excess as it’s become clear that the time of shortages has passed.

While accessing my pantry, I noticed cans of enchilada sauce, tomato sauce and black beans. I do usually keep a few of each but I had more than my usual stock and wanted to use them up. And that’s how this Chicken Enchilada Soup was born.

I used frozen chicken tenders for this but you can use whatever chicken you have on hand. If your chicken isn’t frozen you could cook it on a lower temperature and/or a shorter amount of time. And while it’s very convenient to make this in a slow cooker you could certainly do it stove top as well. You’ll just need to keep an eye on it and stir occasionally.

What to serve with chicken enchilada soup

  • Rice: This Mexican soup pairs perfectly with my delicious enchilada rice and will give you the same restaurant-flavors that you already love.
  • Veggies: I’m always an advocate for adding more vegetables to any dish! This enchilada soup goes great with your favorite fajita veggies, guacamole, or even just sliced avocado.
  • Tortillas: Soup and bread are always a perfect combo, but keep your Mexican theme going by using tortilla instead! I also love to garnish the soup with tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips — whatever I have on hand.

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1/10th of recipe (1 cup): 145 calories , 2g total fat ( , 431mg sodium , 17g carbs , 4g fiber , 4g sugars , 14g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 3*
Blue Plan (Freestyle&trade) SmartPoints® value 1*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 1*

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 4 - 5 hours or 8 - 9 hours


2 cups red enchilada sauce

One 15-oz. can pure pumpkin

One 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup frozen sweet corn kernels

1 cup finely chopped onion

One 4-oz. can diced green chiles (not drained)

3 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1 lb. raw boneless skinless chicken breast

Optional toppings: shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, light sour cream or fat-free plain Greek yogurt, fresh cilantro


Combine all ingredients except chicken in a slow cooker. Mix until uniform.

Add chicken. Cover and cook on high for 4 - 5 hours or on low for 8 - 9 hours, until chicken is fully cooked.

Transfer chicken to a large bowl. Shred with two forks.

Return chicken to the slow cooker, and mix well.

Sometimes you're all set to make a meal and realize you're out of one ingredient. Rather than go to the store or scrap the meal altogether, why not try to learn to make these sauces and other ingredients if you can? One such staple I have found myself missing on more than one occasion is the enchilada sauce. The good news is, it's easy to make your own.

You'll need a few ingredients:

  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 1.5 cups of beef (or chicken or vegetable) broth
  • 1/4 tsp each of dried oregano, ground cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder
  • 2 tsp of chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Simply mix everything together in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for another 10 minutes. Add to your soup and enjoy!

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

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I generally try to make and post recipes here on the blog that are a little different and haven't been done a million times. But then again, I think it's good to post recipes from time to time that do tend to be the staples to a lot of us. I mean, we've all seen plenty of Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup recipes and a lot of you have probably made at least of few of them. Maybe you even have a favorite. But I still want to share with you my way of making it in case it gives you any new inspiration for how to make yours!

If you've seen some of my other recipes, then you've probably guessed that I'm quite a fan of fire-roasted diced tomatoes. I love the little extra smokiness and richness they give in recipes like this.

I also used some fresh tomatoes to have that juicy bite in every spoonful and to up the nutrition even more. Check out my thoughts on using canned vs. fresh in #4 in this post.

Use some whipped cream cheese to make it just a little richer and creamier without making it heavy. This soup is perfect whether you want to warm up on a cold day or have a light meal on a warm day.

How about a Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup fully packed of flavor, with hardly any work, for a meal that the whole family loves?
I found this nice recipe on Like Mother, Like Daughter.

Temperature is dropping… Time to get a big bowl of soup for dinner. Especially, easy and delicious soup recipes like this slow cooker chicken enchilada soup!

It a simple soup that basically only requires you just throw a few simple ingredients in the pot and let it cook for a few hours.

Canned goods are great for the days we’re overwhelmed by ton of other things than preparing food…
There’s no washing, chopping, or prep work involved

This is the perfect easy weeknight meal, because you can throw everything in your slow cooker in the morning (or afternoon) and in the evening you have a delicious dish ready for you to eat!

This soup is so good topped with a little shredded cheese, sour cream, and tortilla strips.
Tip: get a handful of tortilla chips on the side that you can dip into the soup, you’ll see the rest of the family will love that.

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