Chicken Enchilada Soup

Recipe By: Annie Peterson

Corn tortillas thicken this chicken enchilada soup, but Cheddar and cream cheese give it the richness you'd expect from an enchilada. Serve it with something fresh and crunchy like a jicama slaw dressed with a little olive oil and lime juice for a healthy dinner that will appeal to the whole family.

Nutrition Profile

Servings: 6

Per Servings: 329 calories; protein 26g; carbohydrates 23.1g; dietary fiber 3.5g; sugars 5.3g; fat 15.1g; saturated fat 6.2g; cholesterol 67.6mg; vitamin a iu 729.6IU; vitamin c 13.4mg; folate 14.9mcg; calcium 205.7mg; iron 2mg; magnesium 42.9mg; potassium 438.1mg; sodium 467.5mg.

Ready in: 45 mins


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles
  • 6 corn tortillas, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup shredded white Cheddar cheese
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch
  • Fresh cilantro, sour cream and/or guacamole for garnish


Step 1

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add broth, tomatoes, chiles, tortillas, chili powder and cumin. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 20 minutes.

Step 2

Add chicken and cream cheese, stirring until the cream cheese is melted. Remove from heat. Combine shredded cheese and cornstarch in a small bowl and gradually add to the soup, stirring until melted. Return the pot to medium heat and cook until hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve the soup with cilantro, sour cream and/or guacamole, if desired.