Easy Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup

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Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup in a bowl topped with cheese, sour cream, and cilantro!  It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

Enchilada Suizas gets quarantined with Tortilla Soup and…BANG…you’ve got my Easy Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup! 

This recipe is creamy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy.   But yet, surprisingly light because it’s in a soup form vs. a heavy enchilada.  The green chiles give so much tangy and subtle spicy backdrop.  Then the other smokey seasonings along with scallions and cilantro bring depth and enchilada flare.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup, but give you that traditional enchilada corn flavor.  Then top with cheese, sour scallions, cilantro and it’s an enchilada party!  

While I give you the steps to cook the chicken in this recipe, this soup is a fantastic way to use leftover chicken if you have it too!  Click here to get 30 More Leftover Protein Dinner Ideas!

Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup in a pot with ladle scooping. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

Suizas means Swiss in spanish, so Enchilada Suizas just means Swiss-style enchiladas. The recipe originated when Swiss immigrants moved to Mexico, where they started dairies to produce cream and cheese.  They brought their cooking style with them and created their own version of Enchiladas topped with a milk- or cream-based white sauce.  It’s typically mixed with a salsa verde.

So, I riffed on this to create my Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup!  What makes my soup more Enchiladas vs. a Tortilla Soup is that it has less tomato and more creamy green chili sauce.  If you have even a 10th of my Mexican food obsession, you need to check out these recipes!

Spoon with Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup in a bowl topped with cheese, sour cream, and cilantro! It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For this recipe, you need a large pot.  I used my dutch oven, but any large pot or dutch oven will be great.

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR CREAMY CHICKEN ENCHILADA SOUP

We’re all extremely busy, so here are the steps you can prepare in the day(s) ahead and store in the fridge until ready to cook… (Full recipe below!)

For this recipe, you can make the entire soup ahead and reheat it!  But if you’re looking to split up some of the prep, here are the steps you can do ahead.

Slice the scallions. Chop the cilantro. Mince the garlic. Slice the tortillas into thin strips using a knife or cooking shears.  Depending on how many tortillas you want, you can add more.  I start with 2 tortillas that are about 6″ diameter.  But you can definitely add up to 4 for a more hearty soup.

Cutting corn tortillas for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup.  It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

COOK YOUR CREAMY CHICKEN ENCHILADA SOUP!

Add 5 cups of chicken broth to a large pot and bring up to a boil and then add the chicken, making sure that it is immersed in the broth.  Bring back to a boil and cook for 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

Chicken boiling for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup.  It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

When the chicken is done, remove it from the broth and set aside to cool enough to shred. When the chicken has cooled, shred it into bite-size pieces with your fingers or two forks.

Shredded chicken for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup.  It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!
Set the chicken to the side for now.  To the same broth, add the salt, chili powder, cumin, garlic, cilantro and scallions.

Cilantro added to broth for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup.  It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

To a small mixing bowl or measuring cup, add 1/2 cup cold milk and 3 tbsp cornstarch. Whisk together until dissolved. Then slowly whisk into the soup and bring back to a simmer as it starts to thicken, about 3-4 minutes.

Cornstarch in milk for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

Adding slurry to soup for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

Add the green chilis, tortilla strips, and the shredded Chicken. Cook for another 5 minutes.

Chicken and tortillas added to soup for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup in a pot. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

That’s it! This soup can be made up to 5 days in advance stored in the fridge or can be frozen and stored in the freezer for a few months. Serve, garnish with favorite toppings and Enjoy!  😍 Carrie

Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup in a bowl topped with cheese, sour cream, and cilantro! It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

30-Minute Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup

This Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup is based on my favorite Enchiladas Suizas. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy, but surprisingly light because it's in a soup form vs. a heavy enchilada.  The green chiles give a tangy and subtle spicy backdrop and the smokey seasonings bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup, but give you that traditional enchilada corn flavor.  Then top with cheese, sour scallions, cilantro and it's an enchilada party!  #enchiladas #easydinner #healthydinner #familydinner #tortillasoup #easysoups

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Chicken Enchiladas, chicken soup, enchiladas, enchiladas suizas, soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Chicken Enchilada Soup

  • 1 lb Chicken Breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 5 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 tbsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 2 Scallions
  • 3 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Green Chilis
  • 4 Corn Tortillas, 6"
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro

Toppings (Optional)

  • 2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese for garnish
  • 1/4 cup Corn Tortilla Chips crushed for garnish
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream for garnish
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro
  • 2 Scallions

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Slice the scallions. Chop the cilantro. Mince the garlic. Slice the tortillas into thin strips.

    Cutting corn tortillas for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

Cook

  1. Add 5 cups of chicken broth to a large pot and bring up to a boil and then add the chicken, making sure that it is immersed in the broth. Bring back to a boil and cook for 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

    Chicken boiling for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!
  2. When the chicken is done, remove it from the broth and set aside to cool enough to shred. When the chicken has cooled, shred it into bite-size pieces with your fingers or two forks. Set the chicken aside.

    Shredded chicken for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!
  3. To the same broth, add the salt, chili powder, cumin, garlic, cilantro and scallions.

    Cilantro added to broth for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!
  4. To a small mixing bowl or measuring cup, add 1/2 cup cold milk and 3 tbsp cornstarch. Whisk together until dissolved. Then slowly whisk into the soup and bring back to a simmer as it starts to thicken, about 3-4 minutes.

    Adding slurry to soup for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!
  5. Add the green chilis, tortilla strips, and the shredded Chicken. Bring back to a boil, stirring as the soup thickens, then cook for another 5 minutes.

    Chicken and tortillas added to soup for Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!
  6. That's it! This soup can be made up to 5 days in advance stored in the fridge or can be frozen and stored in the freezer for a few months.

    Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup in a pot. It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!
  7. Serve, garnish with favorite toppings and Enjoy!

    Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup in a bowl topped with cheese, sour cream, and cilantro! It's creamy, hearty, slightly spicy with green chiles and smokey seasonings that bring so much depth.  Corn tortilla strips act like the noodles in this soup!

10 Easy & Tasty Soup Recipes for Dinner!

5-Ingredient Chunky Chicken Vegetable Soup is creamy without the cream (in fact, there is no dairy at all in this dish).  It's chunky but somehow still light.  And with loads of chicken, carrots, and peas, t's full of flavor and texture even though it only has 5 ingredients.

It’s that time of year again…Soup Season!!  And, I have some Easy & Tasty Soup Recipes comin’ your way.  When a chill hits the air, warm and comforting food, especially soup, is what I crave.  Soup not only warms the body, it truly can warm the soul.  Soup fills your home with comforting aromas and calls everyone to the kitchen together.  It really is for everyone, anytime, anywhere. 

But, in my house, I especially love making Soup for Dinner!  I make it a weekly theme night and will often be found turning leftovers into a hearty soup for round 2.  Soup for Dinner has to deliver on 3 critical criteria:

  1. It must be tasty – for both kids and adults
  2. It must be easy – even on busy weeknights
  3. It must be filling – enough for a meal

Here are 10 of my favorite Easy & Tasty Soup Recipes that are Perfect for Dinner! 

10 Easy & Tasty Soup Recipes for Fall and Winter:

1.  Slow Cooker Light & Creamy Broccoli Soup

Slow Cooker Creamy Broccoli Soup in a bowl with second bowl in back. This is easy, comforting, and delicious! With Carrots, Broccoli, Onion, Garlic, and Oregano, this is one flavorful soup. And, there is no heavy cream, just milk and a little half and half mixed with cornstarch, so it's healthy and gluten free!

First up on the list, is this irresistible Creamy & Light Broccoli Soup.  It’s easy, creamy, comforting, and delicious!  I mean, who doesn’t like a creamy soup!  With Carrots, Broccoli, Onion, Garlic, and Oregano, this is one flavorful soup. And, there is no heavy cream, just milk and a little half and half mixed with cornstarch, so you can feel good about eating this gluten free veggie-loaded soup.  Best yet, this cooks in the slow cooker, so it’s super easy too!

 2.  5-Ingredient Chunky Chicken Vegetable Soup

5-Ingredient Chunky Chicken Vegetable Soup is creamy without the cream (in fact, there is no dairy at all in this dish).  It's chunky but somehow still light.  And with loads of chicken, carrots, and peas, t's full of flavor and texture even though it only has 5 ingredients.

Seriously, who needs noodles when you have such a thick, hearty, creamy, and chunky chicken soup like this one? This 5-Ingredient Chunky Chicken Vegetable Soup is one of those recipes that warms the belly as well as the soul. This Chunky Chicken Vegetable Soup is creamy without the cream (in fact, there is no dairy at all in this dish). It’s chunky but light because you don’t have the heavy noodles. And with loads of chicken, carrots, and peas, it’s full of flavor and texture even though it only has 5 ingredients.

3.  Slow Cooker Chicken and Mushroom Soup

Chicken and Mushroom Soup in a Slow Cooker Pot with wood spoon on counter with cutting board next to it and raw mushrooms and carrots around. This Slow Cooker Chicken and Mushroom Soup is warm, hearty, comforting, earthy, and just devine. The mix of blended and chunky mushrooms with carrots, onions, celery, shredded chicken, and herbs gives you a perfect bite every time.

There’s seriously nothing better than the comforting aroma of a hearty soup cooking in the house.  Actually, there is one thing better.  Walking into your own house and smelling that comforting soup waiting for you!  This Slow Cooker Chicken and Mushroom Soup is warm, hearty, comforting, earthy, and just devine. The mix of blended and chunky mushrooms with carrots, onions, celery, and shredded chicken gives you a perfect bite every time. Oregano takes it over the edge with flavor giving this soup an herby taste that pairs just beautifully with the mushrooms.

 4.  Creamy Golden Corn Soup

Chilled Golden Corn Soup in a bowl with pot of soup behind and turmeric spice in a bowl on the side. Scallions on top for garnish. It's thick, creamy, silky and delicious.  The entire family will love this easy stovetop corn soup! #summerfood #cornsoup #corn #vegetarian #vegetablerecipes #sides

This Golden Corn Soup is thick, creamy, silky and filled with fresh corn flavor and a warm golden turmeric backdrop. The incredible flavor in each spoonful immediately hits your tongue with bright creamy sweetness from the fresh sweet corn. Then it finishes with a silky, warm spice from the turmeric. The entire family will love this corn soup! Oh, it’s also a stovetop quickie, so of course that makes me happy!  While I originally posted this recipe as a Chilled Soup, it’s just as good hot!

5.  Creamy Ground Chicken Tomato Soup

This Creamy Ground Chicken Tomato Soup is creamy and chunky and has a ton of deep flavor.  AND it is healthy!  It uses all white meat ground chicken that you cook until it is incredibly browned for some serious flavor.  Then tomato paste adds the flavor back drop for the soup and a flour roux plus broth creates the amazing creaminess!  Finally Spinach is your veggie boost.  So delicious and so EASY!

6.  Zesty Pea Soup

Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.

Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick…this Zesty Pea Soup with Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on the traditional Pea Soup recipe! You get the sweet fresh flavor of the peas with the cool mint, followed by the peppery kick from the jalapeño that gives you a wonderful warmth (not spicy hot) feel in your mouth and keeps you coming back for more. They blend together for the perfect Zesty Pea Soup.

7.  5-Ingredient Chicken Tortilla Soup with Kale

Chicken Tortilla Soup with sour cream on top in bowl on counter

Now, I love my slow cooker for soups, but sometimes, you need a quick fix! This 5-Ingredient Chicken Tortilla Soup is comforting, quick, it’s easy, it’s delicious AND…it’s an all-in-one balanced dish because I have added KALE! Done in 30 minutes, this soup will become your new favorite!

8. Slow Cooker Detox Cabbage Soup

Comfort soups can be good for you too.  This Slow Cooker Detox Cabbage Soup is really easy, low-calorie, veggie-packed, which is a great way to kick off a system cleanse! This soup is light, but filling with cabbage, tomato, carrots, onion, and garlic. It is also so easy because it is made in the slow cooker, but you can make it faster on the stove as well. It is so good for you and so low calorie, that this makes a great dinner, lunch the next day, and snack whenever you get hungry!

9.  Creamy Carrot Soup with Kale and Roasted Chickpeas

Carrot Soup close up in a bowl with a another bowl in back. Creamy Carrot Soup with Kale, Roasted Chickpeas and Thyme is a creamy, textured, easy-to-make soup! It's great as a starter, but hearty enough to be a meal with Kale and Chickpeas. Not only does this soup taste delicious, it's also incredibly healthy with vitamins, nutrients, fiber, and protein!

Carrot Soup with Kale and Roasted Chickpeas and Thyme is a creamy and textured make-ahead soup! The carrots give this slightly sweet flavor and creaminess to the soup, while the Chickpeas give it more depth and thicken it up. The thyme brings a gentle earthy and lemony flavor to the dish that blends so beautifully with the carrots for an addictive taste. Finally, the kale gives you texture, something to chew on and brings another hearty layer to this amazing soup!

10.  Thick, Creamy & Healthy Mushroom Soup

Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup in a pot with ladle filled with earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Now this is a bowl of love. Creamy, delicious, and healthy looooveee, AKA, my Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup. This soup is filled with earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful herby oregano, and bright chives. And it’s made without cream or flour, so it’s lighter and gluten free. But oh so thick and creamy and scrumptious. Definitely a bowl of love.   Check out the recipe!

What are YOUR favorite Fall Soup recipes?  Please share in the comments!

😍 Carrie