This recipe for Chili's Chicken Enchilada Soup is the perfect copycat – it's fully loaded, then topped with tortilla strips & pico de gallo.
How to make this recipe
Heat olive oil in a pot. Add onions, sauteeing until fragrant. Add in chicken, garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika and salt. Stir ingredients together to combine.
Pour in crushed tomatoes, green chilies, brown sugar and chicken broth, then bring to a boil. Once it has been brought to a boil, let the soup simmer until the chicken is cooked.
While soup is cooking, mix masa harina with 2 cups of water, stirring until dissolved.
When the chicken is cooked, remove it and then shred it. Once the chicken is shredded add it back to pot.
Once chicken is shredded and in pot, stir in masa harina mixture, then cheese. Stir until combined and soup is thick and creamy, cooking another 5 minutes.
Ladle soup into bowls, adding toppings of choice. Serve and enjoy!
Ingredients and substitutions
- Olive oil – use any neutral oil such as avocado oil, sunflower oil or vegetable oil for this recipe.
- Chicken breasts – boneless, skinless chicken thighs can be used in place of chicken breasts.
- Yellow onion – red onion, shallots or white onions can be used in place of yellow onion.
- Garlic – fresh garlic cloves minced or jarred minced garlic can be used for this recipe.
- Chili powder – add more paprika and cumin to compensate for chili powder if you don’t have any on hand.
- Cumin – curry powder, garam masala or taco seasoning can be used in place of cumin.
- Paprika – cayenne pepper, chili powder or ground chili flakes can be used in place of paprika
- Salt (to taste)
- Crushed tomatoes – canned diced tomatoes or tomato sauce would work if you’re in a pinch.
- Green chilies – use canned green chilies for less spice or pickled jalapenos for a tangy kick.
- Brown sugar – the brown sugar is to help cut the acidity of the canned tomatoes.
- Chicken broth – another broth like vegetable broth or beef broth could work in place of chicken broth.
- Masa harina (corn flour) – regular flour or cornstarch won’t have the same added taste as the masa harina but will still thicken the soup.
- Water – add more chicken broth in place of the water if you’d like.
- Cheddar cheese – any grated cheese of your liking will work but I recommend grated cheddar cheese or a grated Tex Mex cheese blend
Topping ideas (optional)
- Pico de gallo – homemade or jarred pico de gallo, salsa can also be used.
- Avocado – use sliced avocado or a fresh guacamole in place of avocado.
- Cilantro – if you’re not a fan of cilantro, parsley is also a great option.
- Sour cream – use greek yogurt in place of sour cream for a healthier option.
My favourite part about soups and chilis are the toppings! By adding toppings of your choice to your dish you're creating a complex flavour palette while adding texture to every bite. Overall, you're taking the whole dish to the next level with toppings. If you're in need of some inspiration here are some of the toppings you can add to this chicken enchilada soup:
- Avocado sliced
- Sour cream (plain greek yogurt as a lower fat substitute)
- Jalapeno slices
- Cilantro or parsley
- Lime wedges
- Tortilla strips
- Queso or shredded cheese
- Pico de gallo
- Hot sauce
How many calories in this recipe vs Chili's
My version of Chili's chicken enchilada soup only has 324 calories while the Chili's chicken enchilada soup has 440 calories per serving. Besides the calorie differences, this chicken enchilada soup is filled with delicious, whole ingredients that you will love!
Storing and reheating
This dish is a great meal prep option for your week. To store your leftovers, wait for the chicken enchilada soup to cool down then store the leftovers in individual servings in airtight containers in the fridge. These leftovers will last in the fridge for up to four days. If you're someone who is on the go, store this enchilada soup in mason jars for easy travel.
When storing the leftovers, you will want to make sure that they're being stored without any toppings on them. Keep the toppings stored separately and then top the chicken enchilada soup after it is warmed up and ready to enjoy. To reheat the soup, put it in the microwave for 2-3 minutes mixing halfway through or pour it into a pot and warm it up on the stovetop.
Freezing the soup
This chicken enchilada soup works great as a freezer meal as well. The soup will last for three months in an airtight container or mason jar in the freezer. As mentioned above, make sure to store the soup in the freezer without any of the toppings. The toppings should be added to the soup once it is warmed up and ready to enjoy.
When you're ready to enjoy the dish, thaw the soup in the refrigerator overnight. Then following the instructions in the section above, you can reheat the dish using the microwave or stovetop. If you've frozen the chicken enchilada soup in individual portions, you can also reheat it directly from frozen. Microwave for 6-8 minutes on high, stirring halfway through.
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Meal prep tools for this recipe
- Grab some glass meal prep bowls if you plan on turning this soup into leftovers
- I get all my free-range chicken from Butcher Box, conveniently delivered to me frozen.
- Get a meat thermometer to make sure your chicken is cooked through
- Freeze this recipe in glass microwave-safe bowls up to 3 months
Chili's Chicken Enchilada Soup
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb chicken breasts
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 (398) mL can crushed tomatoes
- 1 (118) mL can green chilies
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup masa harina (corn flour)
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
- Pico de gallo
- Tortilla strips
- Heat olive oil over med-high heat. Add onions, sauteeing for 2-3 minutes until fragrant. Add in chicken, then garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika and salt, stirring to combine.
- Pour in crushed tomatoes, green chilies, brown sugar and chicken broth, then bring to a boil. Let simmer for 25 minutes until chicken is cooked. Remove chicken, then shred and add back to pot.
- While soup is cooking, mix masa harina with 2 cups of water, stirring until dissolved. Once chicken is shredded and in pot, stir in masa harina mixture, then cheese. Stir until combined and soup is thick and creamy, cooking another 5 minutes.
- Ladle soup into bowls, adding toppings of choice. Serve and enjoy!