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Chicken Enchilada Soup

Chicken Enchilada Soup

I love chicken enchilada soup. I had an amazing bowl of chicken enchilada soup at The Plaza Cafe when we visited Santa Fe, NM last spring. It was a snowy day and we were freezing from walking around the town. The first spoonful of their soup was heavenly. It was bursting with fresh flavor and warming to the soul. I have been craving it ever since.

Chicken Enchilada SoupOver the year, I have been experimenting with several recipes and tweaking things. I now believe I have come up with a superb chicken enchilada soup recipe. It isn’t the same as the Plaza Cafe’s but a copycat recipe. They have their recipe (which I will totally eat again the next time we visit Santa Fe) and now, I have mine. They’re different but equally delicious.

Since the weather has finally gotten very chilly, I decided to make a pot. I got so many requests on Facebook and Instagram that I decided to share the recipe.

This recipe is not an “exact measurements” recipe. You will see me estimate a lot. This is one of the wonderful things about cooking. You don’t have to be a perfectionist Now, with baking, that isn’t exactly true. Baking is very temperamental and does require exact measurements for many ingredients. But, with most of your day-to-day meal recipes, exact measurements are not needed.

The first ingredient, chicken, is an example of not needing an exact. For example, the time before last, I used a mix of chicken breasts and chicken thighs. This time we were out of chicken thighs so I just used two chicken breasts. 

Another thing I didn’t measure was chicken broth. In cooking the chicken, I just added enough to cover the chicken. Then, later, I added more until the soup reached the consistency we like. 

Depending on how much chicken and broth you use, you may need to adjust your seasonings and other ingredients. This is why it is important to taste your food as you cook. Just make sure that you are tasting after your chicken is already fully cooked. You do not want to end up with food poisoning.

Frozen CilantroThere is one last thing I wanted to mention about making this soup. Last year, I wrote a post with a video about how we freeze herbs so that we do not waste them. I used some of the frozen cilantro I had stored away for this exact soup. It was a wonderful way to bring a bit of fresh flavor to this comforting soup.

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Chicken Enchilada Soup
This chicken enchilada soup will be a crowd pleaser for those cold evenings.
Chicken Enchilada Soup bowl
Course Main, Potluck, Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 60-90 mins
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main, Potluck, Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 60-90 mins
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Chicken Enchilada Soup bowl
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a dutch oven and cook onions until transparent. Meanwhile, pat dry chicken and season with salt and pepper chicken.
  2. Once onions are transparent, add garlic and cook until fragrant about 30 seconds. Add chicken, cumin, chili powder, enchilada sauce, diced tomatoes, and chiles. Then, add enough chicken broth to cover the chicken. Simmer until chicken registers an internal temperature of 165º (about an hour).
  3. Remove chicken and shred either with two forks or in a stand mixer. Add chicken back to pot along with the rinsed black beans. Cook to warm beans through, about 15 mins.
  4. Heat about 1 cup of chicken broth in microwave for about 30 sec to 1 minute, just until warm. Add masa harina to chicken broth and stir until dissolved. Add masa mixture to soup and stir until incorporated fully. Add shredded cheese and stir until completely melted.
  5. Remove from heat. You can toss in some frozen cilantro at this point, if you have some.
  6. Serve with optional toppings and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

This recipe is not an “exact measurements” recipe. Taste as you go along to tailor it to your preference.

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  • Jann Olson

    My friend makes a chicken enchilada soup and it is very yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipe with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  • Donna Wirthlin

    Delicious Recipe! Pinned. Thanks for sharing at Party in Your Pjs!

  • I have never had this and now I must try! Sounds like it would be perfect on a cold day. Thanks for linking up with The Blended Blog

  • I love a good enchilada soup, so proud to share on #omhgff in this weeks features!!!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  • Perfect for soup month! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner Party.


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