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Chicken Enchilada Soup - Chili's Copycat

By: Bella Bucchiotti
This Chili's copycat chicken enchilada soup is a Mexican inspired dish you can make with rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken. Why not try this easy soup recipe that tastes like chicken enchiladas in soup form? It is perfect any night of the week!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 2 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 red chile peppers, seeded and diced
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 4 Cloves garlic
  • 2 Cups chicken, shredded rotisserie
  • 28 Ounces tomatoes, crushed
  • 8 Ounces enchilada sauce
  • 2 Tablespoon chicken base
  • 3 Cups chicken broth
  • 1 Teaspoon paprika, smoked
  • 1 Teaspoon black pepper, coarse
  • 1 Teaspoon cumin
  • 1 Cup Masa harina
  • 1 Cup water
  • 2 Tablespoon sour cream


  • tortilla strips
  • cilantro, fresh chopped
  • pico de Gallo


  • Preheat a Dutch oven over medium heat -use this time to prep the ingredients. Seed and dice the red chile peppers, dice the yellow onion, and mince the garlic. Shred the chicken.
  • Add oil to the dutch oven and let heat for 1 minute.
  • Next, add diced red chile peppers and onion. Cook for 5 minutes to soften.
  • Add minced garlic and stir. Cook for 1 minute. Pour the contents of the dutch oven into a food processor or blender and puree. Alternatively, use an immersion blender if available. Return to the dutch oven.
  • Lower the heat to low. Pour in the canned crushed tomatoes (undrained), enchilada sauce, chicken base, broth, paprika, pepper, and cumin. Stir well to combine and cover. Cook for 45 minutes on low
  • Combine mesa with water in a bowl with a pour spout and whisk until thoroughly combined. Pour into the soup and whisk well. *Do not substitute all purpose flour. This acts as a thickening agent and provides a distinct flavor and texture to this soup*
  • Next, stir in the shredded chicken and 2 tbsp sour cream. Cover and simmer for 25 more minutes
  • Top with fresh chopped cilantro, pico de gallo, and tortilla strips.


Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 890mg | Potassium: 368mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1143IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg
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