Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

I started with this recipe as a guide and made some little changes.

chicken enchilada soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

Chicken – breasts, cutlets, tenderloins, whatever as long as it’s boneless – I used about 5 cutlets
2 cans (14.5 oz each) chicken broth
2 cans (14.5 oz each) diced tomatoes
1 can (6 oz tomato paste)
1 can (15.25 oz) whole kernel corn, drained
1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained
1 can (4 oz) green chilies
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
3 teaspoons Cumin
3 teaspoons Chili powder
1 teaspoon Crushed red pepper

Garnishes (go with your personal preferences):
Shredded cheese
Dash of lime juice
Sour cream
Hot sauce
Fresh cilantro
Crumbled tortilla chips


  • Cook chicken in water (I’m sure there is a real word for this – I just put the chicken in a pan with enough water until it’s covered, put a lid on it and let it cook).
  • While that’s happening, add the rest of the ingredients (except the garnishes) to the slow cooker.
  • Once cooked through, remove chicken from water, add water to slow cooker, shred the chicken. (I used my KitchenAid to shred – so easy!) Add chicken to slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 5-6 hours, give or take. Taste it and decide if you want to add more spices.
  • Garnish with whatever sounds good to you. I preferred adding some salt (I kind of have a salt tooth), a splash of lime juice and crumbled tortilla chips.

The original recipe (linked at the top of the post) has you add flour tortilla  cut into pieces, two hours before you’re ready to serve. The tortilla is supposed to dissolve and thicken. It didn’t do that for me. It wasn’t bad, it was just a little weird. If I made this again, I might try thickening instead with a little corn starch dissolved in water, or just not thicken it. It is soup, after all.

This soup tastes even better in the days following.

If you are vegetarian or vegan, you could swap out the real chicken for fake chicken. I have never cooked with this product, I just like supporting Kim 🙂

chicken enchilada soup

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12 Comments on “Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup”

  1. “Cook chicken in water (I’m sure there is a real word for this – I just put the chicken in a pan with enough water until it’s covered, put a lid on it and let it cook).”

    The word you’re looking for is “poach”.

  2. Thank you so much for the shout-out and link to! A few weeks ago Riyanti gave us a recipe for tortilla soup (not slow cooker) and we used soy curls and it was SO good. Our tortillas got really mushy and we liked that part a lot 🙂 It got better a few days later too. I should definitely try this one – the one we tried had a salsa verde base, and I would like to try something like this with a red sauce base! 🙂

  3. This recipe looks DELICIOSO. I am addicted to my slow cooker and am always on the lookout for new recipes to use. I will be giving this one a go, for sure – especially during the height of the winter!!!

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