Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup

5 from 15 votes

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Creamy chicken enchilada soup includes a tortilla puree for a silky, creamy consistency. Make this recipe for a flavorful, creamy tortilla soup!

bowl of creamy chicken tortilla soup garnished with jalapeno slices and diced chicken breast


Big batches of soup are a great option for simple dinners or easy leftover lunches.

The secret to this green chile chicken soup is to use seasoned chicken broth and a homemade tortilla puree that you will make by blending corn tortillas with some green enchilada sauce.

Also, it gets a smooth, creamy texture at the end by melting in a blend of shredded Monterey Jack and cream cheese.

While this soup is hearty enough on its own, a green side salad or loaf of crusty bread would make a great addition as well. For another tasty Mexican classic soup, try me easy Caldo de Res recipe!

bowl of tortilla soup

Ingredient notes for creamy chicken enchilada soup

Note: This is just a partial list of ingredients. For the full ingredient list, see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • Oregano – While using Mexican oregano will give a more authentic flavor to this recipe, whatever you have on hand will work just fine.
  • Chicken breasts – Save time by using the breasts from a rotisserie chicken, or use either boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenders and cook with the soup.
  • Enchilada sauce and chicken broth – If you don’t want to make your own, store-bought will work just fine.
  • Shredded cheese – Use either Monterey Jack or sharp cheddar and shred it yourself. Bagged shreds have a preservative that prevents them from melting properly.

bowl filled with tex mex chicken stew

Video: Making creamy chicken enchilada soup

This recipe comes together in about an hour and is simple to make. Just combine fresh ingredients with homemade purees, then simmer until it’s done!

To see it made from start to finish, watch the video located in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Instructions

Make the tortilla puree

  • Chop the chicken and vegetables and measure out the spices.
  • Make the green enchilada sauce if needed.
  • Use a blender or food processor to blend the tortillas, water, and enchilada sauce.
pureeing tortillas in blender

Saute the onions and spices

  • Heat the oil in a dutch oven or large pot and saute the onions for a few minutes.
  • Stir in the spices and continue cooking until the onions start to brown.

Add the chicken and liquids

  • Stir in the cubed chicken. If raw, cook until browned on all sides.
  • Gently whisk to combine the tortilla puree and chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes.

Finish and serve

  • Add the cheeses and simmer the chicken enchilada soup until melted, stirring well to combine.
  • For a smoother soup, puree with an immersion blender.
  • Ladle into bowls and add any desired toppings.
overhead: bowl of creamy soup with chicken and vegetables

Chicken enchilada soup recipe notes

  • Storage – Transfer leftover soup to an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Reheating – Add the soup to a saucepan and heat on the stove until warmed through. Stir occasionally to avoid any burning on the bottom of the pan.
  • Freezing – Soups with dairy do not freeze well because the texture becomes unpleasant once thawed and reheated. Instead, you can store the creamy tortilla soup without the cheeses and add them in later. Keep in the freezer for 4 to 6 months, then thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
  • Handling peppers – It’s best to wear gloves when handling chile peppers, especially when seeding. The oils can burn when transferred to the skin or eyes, and it’s easy to miss some spots when washing with soap and water.

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This post, originally published on Kevin is Cooking Oct. 22, 2018, was last updated with new content on Oct. 20, 2021.

bowl of creamy chicken tortilla soup garnished with jalapeno slices and diced chicken breast

Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup + Video

5 from 15 votes
Creamy chicken enchilada soup has tortilla puree for a silky, creamy consistency. Make this recipe for a flavorful, creamy tortilla soup!
Servings: 8
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour

Ingredients 

Tortilla Puree

Soup

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion diced (about 2 cups)
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili seasoning (See Note 1)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano (See Note 2)
  • 1 lb chicken breasts (See Note 3)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 8 oz cream cheese cheese (room temp) cut into small cubes
  • 8 oz Monterey Jack cheese (or sharp cheddar cheese)

Toppings (optional)

  • 1 Roma tomato diced
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and diced
  • cilantro chopped
  • Sour cream or Mexican crema

Instructions 

  • If using raw chicken: Slice chicken into strips and then cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces, set aside.
  • Tear the tortillas into quarters and add to a blender. Add the water and enchilada sauce. Purée until smooth. Set aside.
  • In a large dutch oven add the olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook for 3 minutes. Add the garlic, salt, chili powder, cumin, oregano and stir. Cook for another minute or until onions are translucent and starting to get some color.
  • Add the diced chicken pieces to the dutch oven, stirring to mix. If using raw chicken, cook for 4 minutes until no longer pink. If using cooked rotisserie chicken that you cubed, stir.
  • Pour in the puréed tortilla/enchilada mix and chicken broth. Stir well and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes on low heat.
  • Add the Monterey Jack cheese (or cheddar cheese) and cream cheese. Stir well and simmer until melted on low. Leave soup chunky OR use a stick blender to puree.
  • Serve the soup with toppings (optional).

Video

Notes

  1. I make my own chili powder and you can find the recipe here.
  2. I like to use Mexican oregano in my Latin cooking as it has a more authentic flavor. If you can’t find Mexican oregano, please, by all means use whatever oregano you have on hand. A LITTLE INFORMATION FOR YOU ON THE TWO DIFFERENT OREGANOS: Mexican oregano is a relative of Lemon Verbena and is native to Mexico. Similar in that it’s pungent like Mediterranean oregano, Mexican oregano has notes of mild licorice and citrus. Mediterranean oregano is a member of the mint family and most often is used in Greek and Italian recipes. Mediterranean oregano is the one most found in spice racks and supermarkets.
  3. Either use cooked rotisserie chicken breasts cubed, OR boneless skinless (or chicken tenders).

Nutrition

Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 1273mg | Potassium: 468mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1200IU | Vitamin C: 14.6mg | Calcium: 283mg | Iron: 1.7mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Course: Soups
Cuisine: Tex Mex
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31 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Many thanks for posting this FANTASTIC soup with all the flavors of my favorite food– Chicken Verde Enchiladas, minus all the work of rolling enchiladas! This recipe joins the special collection of best recipes from my kitchen, thanks to you. I cooked diced organic carrots on the side which I added to the bowls before ladling soup over and it was just Great!

  2. 5 stars
    We made this soup along with the recipe for the green enchilada sauce. It is beyond delicious. You will feel like a professional chef when you taste it.

  3. 5 stars
    Gave this a try for dinner last night and it didn’t disappoint! Easily, a new favorite recipe in my home; the whole family loved it!