Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup

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This hearty and flavorful crockpot chicken enchilada soup is the perfect meal for a cool fall day. It’s made with chicken, beans, corn, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, and spices, and it’s cooked all day in the slow cooker for maximum flavor.

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This recipe was updated on August 18, 2023. Get the original recipe HERE.

Made completely in the slow cooker, this one-pot chicken enchilada soup is truly a weeknight time saver! This particular soup is one of my all-time favorites because my family loves eating it with fresh avocado and chips.

Prep your crockpot chicken enchilada soup by adding all of the ingredients into your slow cooker and cooking on high for 3 to 4 hours or low for 6 to 8. Your meal will be ready by dinner with little to no effort!

PS: try our Copycat Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup for a creamier variation!

What is in this chicken enchilada soup recipe?

Our enchilada soup recipe is made with boneless, skinless chicken breast beans, bell pepper, diced tomatoes, green chiles, enchilada sauce, and lots of spices.

You can use store-bought enchilada sauce (we used the Frontera brand) or make homemade enchilada sauce. Chicken broth is used to thin out the soup and frozen corn is added right at the end.

Substitues & Variations

  • You can use any type of beans you like in this soup.
  • If you don’t have enchilada sauce, you can use 1 cup of tomato sauce and 1/4 cup of chili powder.
  • You can also add other vegetables to the soup, such as bell pepper or zucchini.
  • If you want a spicier soup, add hot sauce or swap the green chiles for canned jalapeños.
  • Add 1/2 cup of quinoa to the slow cooker along with 1 cup more broth for more added protein!

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Can I make this soup ahead of time? 

Yes, you can make this soup up to 2 days ahead of time. Simply cook it according to the instructions, then let it cool completely. Store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve. When you’re ready to eat, reheat the soup over medium heat until it’s warmed through.

Can I freeze this soup?

Yes, you can freeze this soup for up to 3 months. Simply let it cool completely, then transfer it to a freezer-safe container. When you’re ready to eat, thaw the soup overnight in the refrigerator, then reheat it over medium heat until it’s warmed through.

Can I make this enchilada soup without chicken?

Simply cook the soup in the slow cooker without chicken to make it vegetarian.

Can I make this enchilada soup on the stovetop?

Simply add all of your ingredients to a large pot. Bring to a boil and then turn to low and cover. Let simmer for 20 minutes. Once the chicken is done cooking, shred it and then put it back into the soup and mix.


Let your soup cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Freezer Directions

  1. Cook the soup as directed and let cool completely.
  2. Transfer into a freezer-safe gallon-size bag or storage container and remove as much air as possible.
  3. Seal and freeze for up to 3 months.

To reheat: let thaw in the fridge overnight. Reheat in the crockpot on high for 1 hour or on the stovetop over medium heat for 10 minutes.

Serving Suggestions

We love topping this crockpot chicken enchilada soup recipe with Greek yogurt or sour cream, fresh cilantro, and avocado. It’s also delightful served next to tortilla chips.

Serve this recipe alongside our sheet pan quesadillas or with our classic cornbread (or jalapeño corn pudding) for dipping!

4.77 from 26 votes

Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup

this homemade chicken enchilada soup is so easy to make and made completely in the crockpot. Add all of your ingredients into the slow cooker, mix, and let cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8
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  • 1.5 lbs. boneless, boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 15 oz. black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 30 oz. pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 large green bell peppers, diced
  • 15 oz. diced tomatoes*
  • 4 oz. diced green chilies
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 16 oz. enchilada sauce, we used the Frontera brand
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1.5 cups frozen corn*


  • Add the diced tomatoes, green chilis, chicken broth, enchilada sauce, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and salt to the bottom of your slow cooker. Whisk all of the ingredients together until combined.
  • Place the chicken breasts, black beans, pinto beans, and bell peppers in the sauce and make sure the chicken breast is fully submerged.
    Chicken and beans in a slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 6 hours (recommended). Add the frozen corn into the soup after 2 hours, stir, and cover for 1 more hour.
    A crock pot full of soup and vegetables.
  • When the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165ºF, remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred it. Add the chicken back to the slow cooker and stir.*
    A bowl of chicken soup in a slow cooker with a wooden spoon.
  • Top with cilantro, avocado, and sour cream or Greek yogurt.

Tips & Notes

  • This recipe was updated on August 18, 2023. Get the original recipe HERE.
  • For a spicier soup, substitute the green chiles with chopped jalapenos.
  • 15 oz. of drained can corn can be used instead of frozen corn.
  • How many chicken breasts you use depends on the size of the chicken breasts you use
  • If the soup is too thick, add additional broth until it reaches the desired consistency.


Calories: 418 kcal, Carbohydrates: 59 g, Protein: 37 g, Fat: 5 g, Fiber: 18 g, Sugar: 7 g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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April 28, 2023 6:21 pm
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5 stars
This made more than I expected, which was awesome because I love having leftovers.

April 24, 2023 8:45 pm

4 stars
Over all good soup, would make again. I used fire roasted tomatoes. Question, has anyone tried freezing the leftovers?

April 25, 2023 9:15 am
Reply to  Amy

So happy to hear it, Amy! This soup will freeze really well in an airtight container (or freezer ziploc) for up to 3 months since it doesn’t contain dairy 🙂

October 17, 2022 8:46 pm

5 stars
I love to eat soup in winter. I will definitely try the slow cooker Enchilada Chicken Soup following the instructions here

April 20, 2022 7:56 am

Would this be 8 hours on low? Is it necessary to shred the chicken an hour before completion or can that be done at the end. I use these type of dump and go recipes for days im working and need a meal complete when we get home – defeats purpose if I need to do something partially into time of cooking.

April 25, 2022 9:15 am
Reply to  Brooke

Hi Brooke, I would try this for 6 hours on low! And you can definitely shred the chicken at the end 🙂 Hope this helps!

February 27, 2022 5:37 pm
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5 stars
YUM!!! This recipe was too easy and so good!! My husband claims to “not like soup” and he was all about this, asking for seconds!🙃 Thanks for such an easy and healthy recipe with lots of leftovers for the week!

March 1, 2022 9:10 pm
Reply to  Lauren

Aw, yay! We’re so glad you and your husband loved this soup 😀

Jalesa Jones
September 22, 2020 12:16 pm

First of all, I love your recipes. FFF and Ambitious Kitchen are my go-to blogs. I was just wondering if I needed to tweak anything to use boneless skinless chicken thighs. I thawed some yesterday and didn’t use them.


Jordan McCormick
September 6, 2020 10:30 pm

Should I leave on high when I put the chicken breasts back in?

January 25, 2020 11:46 pm

Super Amazing!
I am surely gonna try that

January 9, 2020 12:03 pm
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5 stars
I LOVE this soup! Made it for the first time the other night and it was SO easy. My only mistake was using plastic silverware to try to get my chicken out of the crockpot to shred it… oops! haha. Just moved into a new house and didn’t yet have legit silverware. Also, instead of sweet corn I bought the can of corn that has jalapenos and green pepper because I love spicy! Thanks for the great recipe. Keep ’em comin!

January 9, 2020 4:36 pm
Reply to  Rhea

RHEA! We are so glad you liked the soup! GOOD CALL on the spicy corn! YOU ARE THE BEST!

December 11, 2018 8:56 pm
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5 stars
A fantastic, tasty soup. Easy and delicious.