Cheesy Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

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How to make a simple, homemade, creamy chicken enchilada soup in your Crock Pot. Quick and easy recipe without all the hassle of enchiladas!

orange Fire-King soup bowl with chicken enchilada soup, tortilla triangle, sour cream, and green onions

Slow cooker chicken enchilada soup is the soup version of one of my favorite Tex Mex meals, Creamy Chicken Enchiladas. Not only is it easier to make; I can throw it together in the slow cooker and let it simmer all afternoon.

While I prefer to make this slow cooker soup with taco chicken I’ve already made, you can always use rotisserie chicken, leftover chicken, or even fajita style chicken. Just make sure the chicken is cooked before you throw the soup together.

You can slice tortillas into smaller squares or triangles and add to the soup for the last 30 minutes or so of cook time. Because at least one person in my house is counting carbs, I prefer to keep the tortillas out, slice into larger triangles, and serve alongside the soup.

You can even serve this easy chicken tortilla soup with crispy tortilla chips.

If you’re really in the mood for Tex Mex, you’ll love these recipes for chicken loaded nachos, easy chicken fajitas, and turkey enchilada casserole.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE RECIPE CARD FOR CHICKEN ENCHILADA SOUP?

If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important cooking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the delicious chicken enchilada soup recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

What Kind of Chicken Should I Use in Chicken Enchilada Soup?

This soup is the perfect dinner recipe to make after you’ve already had chicken another night of the week. Use up your leftover chicken to make soup, or even cook enough chicken to make two meals.

orange bowl of easy chicken tortilla soup with shredded chicken

You can also pick up a rotisserie chicken on your way home from work.

Or you can make our favorite taco chicken to give the soup even more pizzazz and flavor.

Can I Make Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup Ahead and Freeze It?

Yes, you can. In fact, chicken enchilada soup should keep in the freezer for a good 2 to 3 months.

Just make sure you store the soup in a freezer safe sealed container that won’t let it get freezer burn.

Tips for How to Make Chicken Enchilada Soup

Gather your ingredients, per the recipe card below.

  • Prep all your fresh ingredients first. Shred the cheese.
shredded cheese on gray plate with cheese grater
  • Then wash and dice the tomatoes, wash and mince the bell pepper, and mince the onion and garlic.
chopped bell peppers, garlic, minced onion, and diced tomatoes on cutting board, ingredients for easy chicken tortilla soup
  • Add the tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, garlic, and chicken to your slow cooker, stirring it all together.
chopped and minced onion, garlic, tomatoes, and bell peppers in slow cooker crock for chicken enchilada soup recipe
  • Stir the heavy whipping cream into your soup mixture. We use heavy whipping cream because Dan avoids carbs, and whipping cream doesn’t have carbs.
  • Next, you’ll season your soup, which you can do now or you can wait a couple of hours and season it to taste.
  • You’ll need to cook the soup on high for about 4 hours, or on low for about 6 to 8 hours.
chicken enchilada soup ready to cook in black slow cooker crock

If you choose to add tortillas to your soup, just slice them up into smaller squares or triangles, and stir them into the soup for the last 30 minutes or so of cook time. Otherwise, you can slice tortillas into triangles and just serve alongside the soup.

What Else to Serve with Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken enchilada soup pairs really well with tortilla strips, tortilla chips, and all your normal taco fixin’s like sour cream, guacamole or avocado, fresh cilantro, more shredded cheese, fresh diced tomatoes, green onions, etc.

It also pairs deliciously well with buttermilk cornbread and cheesy chicken quesadillas.

More chicken soups you may enjoy:

Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

orange soup bowl with slow cooker chicken enchilada soup, a dollop of sour cream, and chopped green onions

Kitchen Tools You’ll Need to Make Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

Slow Cooker – My slow cooker’s been with me for a long time now. It’s made my family some really delicious meals, including this soup.

Ninja Food Chopper Express or Cutting Board and Chef’s Knife

Heat-Resistant Spatula – Works well for stirring, mixing, and scraping the side of your pan.

Soup Bowls – Who doesn’t love a pretty bowl?

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orange Fire-King soup bowl with chicken enchilada soup, tortilla triangle, sour cream, and green onions
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Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

How to make a simple, homemade, creamy chicken enchilada soup in your Crock Pot. Quick and easy recipe without all the hassle of enchiladas!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Main Dish, Soup
Keyword cheesy chicken enchilada soup, chicken enchilada soup, chicken enchilada soup recipe, easy chicken tortilla soup, slow cooker chicken enchilada soup
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 360 kcal
Author Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 3 Roma tomatoes diced
  • 1 large bell pepper minced
  • 1/2 large yellow onion minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1 cup chicken *shredded
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 flour tortillas **optional

Instructions

  1. Prep the vegetables by washing, chopping, and mincing.

  2. Add the chicken broth, cheese, tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, garlic, and chicken to the slow cooker, stirring it all together.

  3. Stir the heavy whipping cream into your soup mixture. 
  4. Next, add and stir in the salt and pepper.
  5. Place the lid on your slow cooker, and cook the soup on high for about 4 hours, or on low for about 6 to 8 hours.

  6. If you choose to add tortillas to your soup, slice them up into smaller squares or triangles and stir into the soup for the last 30 minutes or so of cook time. 

  7. Serve with all your favorite Tex Mex goodies, like sour cream, guacamole or avocado, more shredded cheese, fresh tomatoes, green onions, etc.

Recipe Notes

*You can use leftover chicken, rotisserie chicken, fajita chicken, or our favorite taco chicken to make this soup.

**Otherwise, you can slice tortillas into triangles and just serve alongside the soup.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 360 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 108mg36%
Sodium 959mg42%
Potassium 301mg9%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 1930IU39%
Vitamin C 38.9mg47%
Calcium 216mg22%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

18 thoughts on “Cheesy Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup”

  1. Yum! We had a snow shower, today, and this soup would have been the perfect thing to warm me up from the cold, damp spring weather. It looks fantastic, Mel! Thanks for sharing!


  2. This was delicious! My husbands new favorite! I added an extra cup of chicken and water for more leftovers and I am so glad i did!! Perfect to bring for lunches throughout the week!

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