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Chicken Enchilada Soup

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Servings :6 Bowls
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time40 mins


  • 2 Tablespoons Mild Tasting Oil (see notes below) divided
  • 2 Cups Yellow Onion chopped
  • 1 Bell Pepper seeded + chopped
  • 2 Teaspoons Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 12 Ounces Enchilada Sauce
  • 12 Ounce Salsa
  • 1 15 Ounce Can Corn drained. Optional.
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 Pound Chicken Breast boneless + skinless
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • 1/4 Cup Green Onions chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro chopped


  • Heat vegetable oil in a large heavy bottom pot over medium heat.
  • Stir in onion and bell pepper and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add cumin, chili powder, and salt. Stir to coat the veggies in seasoning, and cook until fragrant (about 2 minutes).
  • Add the enchilada sauce, chicken broth, diced tomatoes, and chicken. Stir to incorporate.
  • Bring soup to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  • Simmer for 30-40 minutes. This will vary depending on how thick your chicken is.
  • Use tongs to remove chicken from the soup and check the internal temp (should be 165 F). If not fully cooked, toss chicken back into the pot and continue to simmer. Once fully cooked, allow it to cool on a plate.
  • Stir in sour cream and cheddar.
  • Shred the chicken, and add it back to the soup.
  • Stir in cilantro and green onions.
  • Top with toppings of choice, and enjoy!

Lindsey's Tips

Mild Tasting Oil. You want an oil with a high smoke point and mild flavor -- think avocado, vegetable, safflower, sunflower, peanut. Skip EVOO, coconut, or sesame oil.
Low carb option: Onion adds 5g carbs per serving to this recipe and corn adds 7 g carbs per serving to this recipe. If you skip the corn + onion, your soup will have 7 g of net carbs per serving.
Nutritional information was calculated using Trader Joe's Enchilada Sauce + Trader Joe's Salsa Authentica. If using different brands, keep in mind nutritional values will vary:


Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 1759mg | Potassium: 565mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1265IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 208mg | Iron: 1mg
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