Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup is a warm and comforting meal made in the crockpot! The entire meal requires less than 15 minutes of prep. Top it with your favorite toppings to create a delicious soup that everyone loves.

two bowls of chicken enchilada soup sitting on a white table with a spoon on the side

Out of all the meals we cook, this creamy chicken enchilada soup makes a regular appearance at our dinner table during the cooler months. We love to rotate dinner between this enchilada soup and Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos. This soup is the perfect meal because it is warm, comforting and packed with flavor.

Perfect for weeknights or cool fall days, this soup is loaded with delicious vegetables. Fill your crockpot, let dinner cook for you and come home to a meal that is ready to be enjoyed.

Ingredient Notes

ingredients to make chicken enchilada soup
  • Flour: You can use another type of thickening agent, if desired. Arrowroot powder or corn starch works too. You can use 1 tablespoon of cornstarch or arrowroot powder instead of the 2 tablespoons of flour to make it gluten free. 
  • Chicken: You can use boneless chicken thighs instead of breasts, if desired.
  • Broth: You can substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth, but it may alter the flavor slightly.
  • Enchilada sauce: You can use store bought or homemade.

Enchilada Soup Toppings

Serve the soup with some of your favorite enchilada toppings.

Sauce for enchilada soup

steps to make sauce for enchilada soup

This recipe requires a few minutes of prep before you add everything to your slow cooker.

First, mix together the butter, flour, chicken broth, milk and enchilada sauce on the stove to create the creamy enchilada sauce.

steps to make enchilada soup in the crock pot

Next, add everything to the slow cooker. Cook on low heat for 6 to 8 hours or on high heat for 3 to 4 hours. Once the chicken is cooked through, remove the chicken, shred and add back to the soup mixture.

FAQs

How do you thicken chicken enchilada soup?

The sauce that you pour over the ingredients helps thicken the crockpot enchilada soup. Do not skip the step of making the sauce. The flour is necessary to help thicken the soup and cooking it over low heat helps thicken the sauce. If you want even thicker sauce, add an additional tablespoon of flour.

What goes good with enchilada soup?

Serve with a side of Fresh Garden Salad or even just some tortilla chips and avocado. A side of chips and guacamole would taste great too.

a bowl of chicken enchilada soup with tortilla strips, avocado and cilantro topping

This easy dinner tastes better than anything store bought. The combination of ingredients creates the perfect hearty soup recipe.

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 6 hrs
Total Time: 6 hrs 10 mins
This enchilada soup is a warm and comforting meal perfect for the weeknight. Let dinner cook in your slow cooker and come home to a flavorful meal!
5 from 4 votes

Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 10 ounce can of enchilada sauce
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans,, rinsed and drained
  • 1 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • 1 small bell pepper, diced
  • 2 whole chicken breasts
  • Monterrey Jack cheese, sour cream, avocado, tortilla chips, as desired

Instructions

  • In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter. Add flour and stir until smooth and bubbly. Remove from heat; slowly add ½ cup chicken broth and ½ cup milk. Whisk to keep smooth. Return to heat. Bring sauce to a gentle boil; cook, stirring constantly, until it thickens. Remove from heat. Add enchilada sauce, remaining milk and remaining broth to heated broth mixture. Whisk until smooth. Set aside.
  • In a slow cooker, combine drained beans, tomatoes, corn, onion, and bell pepper. Place the chicken breasts on top of the mixture. Pour sauce mixture over ingredients in cooker. Cover; cook on low heat for 6 to 8 hours or on high heat for 3 to 4 hours. When the chicken is cooked through, remove chicken and cut or shred into bite-sized pieces. Add chicken back into the soup and mix well. Top with cheese, sour cream, avocado or tortilla chips, as desired.

Notes

STORAGE
  • Store the soup in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months. 
INGREDIENTS
  • Flour: You can use another type of thickening agent, if desired. Arrowroot powder or corn starch works well too.
  • Chicken: You can use boneless chicken thighs instead of breasts, if desired.  
  • Broth: You can substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth, if desired but it may alter the flavor slightly.
  • Enchilada sauce: You can use store bought or homemade.
OTHER
  • Nutritional information does not include additional toppings.

Nutrition

Serving: 0g, Calories: 308kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 93mg, Sodium: 431mg, Potassium: 809mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 418IU, Vitamin C: 35mg, Calcium: 86mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
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This recipe was originally published in 2013. It was updated with new process photos, tips and FAQs in September 2020.

14 comments on “Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup”

  1. What could I use instead of the flour to make it gluten free? 

  2. This is delicious! Made it and my whole family loved it! Next time I may leave out the chicken to keep it vegetarian, it is so flavorful.

  3. This is our favorite easy slow cooker soup recipe! Love the quick prep time and how easy it is to customize with your toppings!

  4. Hi! Your recipe looks delicious! Should the black beans be dry or cooked beans? Thanks!

  5. I would like to try this soup but can’t find and enchilada sauce. What do you suggest I replace it with? Should it be a tomato sauce or tomato soup, or something else?
    Thanks!

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