Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

Your favorite chicken enchiladas turned into an easy and flavorful slow cooker dish. All of the flavor you crave in a bowl of comforting soup.

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe from

You know how retailers are notoriously awful about pushing holidays way before their time? Christmas in August. And making matters worse… Halloween rolls right into Christmas, passing over Thanksgiving all together. What gives? My favorite food holiday of the year and they treat it like it doesn’t matter. Let’s not forget how Valentine’s Day rolls right into Easter, skipping right over St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe it’s a lesser holiday but it still deserves to be celebrated. Maybe it’s more that I don’t want to see Easter goodies before my birthday even hits.

I’m sort of flip flopping here because normally I hate seeing stuff early, but a month early isn’t really early if you ask me. So, of course when you want to find early holiday supplies, just because really, they don’t have them. I’m probably 1 out of 100 people that was hoping to find Valentine’s *stuff* at Target this week. I was disappointed to only find Christmas remnants, exercise and cleaning supplies. Not at all what I was hoping for. Move over workout gear, hello baking goodies. Maybe next week I’ll have better luck. They can’t hold out forever. I can’t possibly be the only one excited for the next holiday.

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe from

You certainly don’t need me to tell you it’s cold out but brrrr…yeah. I hope you’re all staying warm. And I want to help with that as much as I can. My method is of course sharing must make recipes to warm you up. I wanted to continue sharing some super comforting and easy to make soups! Seriously, slow cooking just makes life so much easier. If you don’t have one yet, get one. You’ll love it! No more standing over the stove waiting for soup to boil. Just toss it and go about your business. Nashville marathon perhaps? ;) Yes, that’s my new obsession. I’m trying to catch up as quickly as I can, which shouldn’t be too hard since they’re only on the second season. Eek. Okay…

If you love chicken tortilla soup, then I promise you’ll love this one just as much… maybe even more. It’s creamy and packed with flavor. Picture your favorite chicken enchilada dish in a bowl of soup! It’s hard to imagine it gets much better. Definitely add this to your Winter recipe plans!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe from

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

Your favorite chicken enchiladas turned into an easy and flavorful slow cooker soup.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time5 hours
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Slow cooker
Servings: 8 plus


  • 3 boneless chicken breasts trimmed
  • 3/4 C yellow onion chopped
  • 3/4 C green bell pepper chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 11 oz whole kernel corn drained
  • 14 oz petite diced tomatoes drained
  • 15 oz black beans drained and rinsed well
  • 3/4 tsp ground black paper
  • 1 1/2 - 2 tsp salt
  • 4 C chicken broth
  • 1/2 C enchilada sauce
  • 1 C heavy cream
  • Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • Green onions chopped
  • Seasoned tortilla strips


  • To the bowl of a 5-6 quart slow cooker, add whole uncooked chicken breasts, vegetables, beans, salt, pepper, chicken broth and enchilada sauce. Cook on high for 4 hours. Remove chicken, shred and return to slow cooker. Stir in heavy cream. Cover and continue cooking on high for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Divide among bowls, topping with cheese, onions and tortilla strips.


Recipe yields roughly 8-10.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

Slow cooker recipes:
Slow cooker two bean buffalo chicken chili
Slow cooker Mexican chicken chili
Slow cooker corn and bacon chowder with shrimp
Slow cooker cinnamon applesauce
Slow cooker chicken tortilla soup
Slow cooker beef bourguignon soup
Slow cooker lobster chowder
Slow cooker buffalo chicken chowder

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59 Responses to “Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup”

  1. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — January 8, 2014 at 6:49 am

    LOVE this soup recipe, Rachel! And, I hope you’re keeping warm. We got just about a foot of snow here in Indy. I agree with you about holidays being pushed on us too early. But, this past year, Williams-Sonoma was painfully behind! I needed things for blogging, but would have to order them online. Crazy. Thanks for sharing, girl. Pinned!

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      Rachel — January 8, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      So far so good here. It’s when we go out that’s another story lol. And thanks, as always :)

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — January 8, 2014 at 7:26 am

    You are killin’ the soups lately girl! This looks super fab! I love Tortilla Chicken soup and this looks like an ah-may-zing, taste bud experience. Plus, it’s in the slow cooker. You win!

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      Rachel — January 8, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      Thanks Taylor :)

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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — January 8, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Thanks for another slow cooker recipe. This sounds delicious.

    • #
      Rachel — January 8, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      Thanks Norma :)

  4. #
    Kerry — January 8, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Will the negative temps here lately I love a good soup! This may just be my new favorite soup!!

    • #
      Rachel — January 8, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      I sure hope so! :)

  5. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — January 8, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I went to Target yesterday in hopes of Valentine’s Day stuff too and instead the holiday isle was filled with organization stuff. Meh. Loving this soup!

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      Rachel — January 8, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      At least I’m not alone :) But the hunt will continue since they disappointed me lol

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — January 8, 2014 at 9:13 am

    My Target was full on in Valentine’s Day mode when I went in on NYD! But how on earth have you ventured out in all that snow!? Stay home and eat more soup. I love this, it’s beautiful!

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      Rachel — January 8, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      Jealous!! Send the V-day stuff this way.

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    Carla | Carla's Confections — January 8, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I think this needs to be next on the list of soups to make. Seriously amazing looking!

    • #
      Rachel — January 8, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      I thought you lived off of bbq sauce and bacon – call me confused ;)

  8. #
    Rachel — January 8, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I just inhaled the last batch of enchiladas I made and am still craving more… I can’t get enough! I’m definitely going to try this soup.

    • #
      Rachel — January 8, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      I hope you do! :)

  9. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — January 8, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I’m sort of shocked the shelves weren’t overflowing with all things Valentine’s Day! This makes me feel slightly better about not having anything planned yet. But before I get to that I want to hunker down in front of the fireplace with nonstop bowl of soup!

    • #
      Rachel — January 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      Thankfully I sort of hoard things from one year to the next so I can plan for issues like this :) Silly non-issue really.

  10. #
    Autumn@Good Eats Girl — January 8, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Love this version of chicken tortilla soup! Sounds awesome! I’ve already been in search of Valentine’s Day stuff. :) I love all of the fabulous decoration and baking supplies that come along with the holiday!

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      Rachel — January 9, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks Autumn :)

  11. #
    Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent — January 9, 2014 at 6:22 am

    This soup looks fantastic. I think my slow cooker is going to become a permanent fixture on my counter. Our target had a few Valentines things, but not much yet.

    • #
      Rachel — January 9, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      I fully believe it should be at least a semi-permenant fixture :)

  12. #
    Annie @ Annie's Noms — January 10, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Love, love, loving your slow cooker recipes! We only recently bought a smaller capacity one (there’s only 2 of us!) and I’ve been trying to find loads of new recipes to try, have to try these and your chicken parm meatball one too!

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      Rachel — January 10, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      Enjoy! :)

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    Emily @ Life on Food — January 12, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    This soup looks fabulous. Even now that it warmed up a bit soup is still a favorite for me. I swear it is the only way to survive winter in the Northeast. I am bookmarking this for sometime soon.

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      Rachel — January 12, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      Thanks Emily! I hope you enjoy it :)

  14. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — January 13, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    I just broke out the slow cooker this morning! MmmMmmMM

  15. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — January 15, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    I LOVE tortilla soup. I always add way too many tortilla strips. I’m such a sucker for crunchy soup additions. When I was home in Ohio we went to Wal-Mart the day before NYE and they had a whole aisle full of V-day stuff. I was shocked it was rolling out so early.

  16. #
    Dacia K — January 21, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Do you know the nutritional info? Calories, fat, etc…
    Sounds delicious

    • #
      Rachel — January 21, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      I do not personally calculate that information but there are free calculators that you can find online.

  17. #
    sue — January 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Can you replace the heavy cream with something else. Just don’t like to use heavy cream. Thanks

    • #
      Rachel — January 21, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      Half and half would be the best substitution, but you could possibly try milk as well. Keep in mind that I have not tried either personally for this recipe.

  18. #
    Mary — January 21, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Do you use bone-in or boneless chicken breasts? Skinless? Thanks!

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      Rachel — January 22, 2014 at 7:24 am

      I use skinless-boneless unless otherwise noted. Enjoy!

  19. #
    Patti — January 21, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    What is the calorie count?
    Patti from N.C.

    • #
      Rachel — January 22, 2014 at 7:23 am

      As I’ve previously explained to others within comments and in my faq section, I do not offer this information as it can be wildly inaccurate and I also do not calculate this even for my own personal use. If you do a general web search, you’ll find there are free calculators that you can utilize for yourself, however.

  20. #
    Diana — January 24, 2014 at 12:53 am

    This soup looks amazing! I’m going to make it tomorrow. Do you use red or green enchilada sauce?

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      Rachel — January 24, 2014 at 7:12 am

      I used a red enchilada sauce. Enjoy!

  21. #
    tl — February 8, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Love this soup!! It is so delicious! Thanks

    • #
      Rachel — February 9, 2014 at 8:24 am

      Glad to hear it! :)

  22. #
    Michele Snowdon — February 13, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    I made this soup for dinner tonight, per my daughter’s request. It was delicious! I followed the recipe to a tee, except for changing out the bell pepper for a poblano pepper. My only changes that I’d make for next time would be to add fresh cilantro at the end and a bit of fresh lime juice just to brighten the flavor. Thank you for sharing this great recipe!

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      Rachel — February 14, 2014 at 8:40 am

      So glad to hear you enjoyed it! :)

  23. #
    Emily — February 18, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Soooo I made a boo boo i put the whole can of enchilada sauce in!!! Is there anything I can do or is it ruined? Help!! Thank you!

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      Rachel — February 18, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      It’ll likely still be okay, just have a stronger enchilada flavor to it. If not, you can always add more chicken stock/broth to it to mellow it out some.

  24. #
    Alison — April 1, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    This soup is amazing! Thanks for the recipe!

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      Rachel — April 2, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it (even with the extra kick) :)

  25. #
    Alison — April 1, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I also dumped in the entire can of enchilada sauce but we ended up loving it. Gives it a nice kick!

  26. #
    Eloise — December 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Accidently put heavy cream in the beginning. . Think it will be ok??:/ I cooking on high for 4 hours

    • #
      Rachel — December 29, 2014 at 8:26 am

      It should still be okay, but keep your eye on it as it may cook to the very edge of the bowl a bit.

  27. #
    Jessica — February 18, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Do you use the red enchilada sauce?

    • #
      Rachel — February 19, 2015 at 7:28 am

      Yes, or you can use homemade.

  28. #
    Jennifer — February 22, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    No one has posted to this in over a year but I had kind of a silly question. Are the green peppers necessary in this recipe? I have kind of a strange tongue itchy reaction to all peppers. :(

    • #
      Rachel — February 23, 2015 at 7:27 am

      You can omit them if necessary. I’d suggest increasing some of the other ingredients to offset the missing ingredient though.

  29. #
    ANN — December 1, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Can I make this with a whole chicken instead of breasts?

    • #
      Rachel — December 3, 2016 at 8:23 am

      I wouldn’t recommend it.

  30. #
    Sandi — January 16, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Can I cook it on low? For how long do you think? Looks yummy!

    • #
      Rachel — January 17, 2017 at 7:57 am

      If cooking on low, I’d recommend 8 hours for the initial cook time and an additional 30 minutes after you add the cream. Enjoy! :)

  31. #
    Kristi — October 16, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    LOVE this soup!

    I used fresh tomatos finely chopped
    sauted the green pepper, onion, and garlic for about a minute/90s before adding to slow cooker
    added 4 finely chopped adobe peppers

    when I added the cream, I also added in lime zest of one lime

    served with cheese, avo, and some lime juice

    NEXT LEVEL! Thank you!

    • #
      Rachel — October 17, 2017 at 6:56 am

      So glad you enjoyed it, Kristi!

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