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Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

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Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup | #crockpot

Can I tell you one thing that makes me unreasonably happy on a day-to-day basis?

Strangers smiling at me.

Even better?

Strangers waving, or nodding, or offering a pleasant hello, or even (my favorite) the ol’ one-finger-raise-on-the-steering wheel.

For whatever reason, I always notice those little things and they make me so happy for a moment or two. Actually, I think the best way to say it is that my heart genuinely feels warmed. And I’m reminded how much I just really like people. And how cool it is that two complete and utter strangers can make an encouraging connection in this big world, however fleeting. And how a moment so brief can have the power to make your day just a little brighter…just like that!

Crazy. And very cool. And call me cheesy, but it makes me want to return the favor to the world and smile or wave or say hi to strangers more often. Yes. That is exactly what I want to do.

What does that have to do with this soup? Nada. But it’s wonderful and also makes me smile, and it will keep you feeling warm and happy all winter long. Here’s how to make it…

Actually when I had the craving to make a batch of chicken enchilada soup, I took to Facebook to ask all of you if you would prefer a slow cooker or a 20-minute version. Both are quick and easy, but I couldn’t decide…and apparently, neither could you! It looks like the responses were pretty much split down the middle.

So because I aim to please and make you smile, and because there’s no such thing as too much chicken enchilada soup in my world, I went ahead and developed both recipes! Thus, today you get the slow cooker version. And if you tune back in on Wednesday, it’ll be a stovetop 20-minute cheesy version that a slightly different flavor variation too. (Actually it’s a copycat take on my old-time favorite chicken enchilada soup from Chili’s — you’ll have to check it out!)

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup | #crockpot

Today, though, it’s all about the slow cooker. And I think this may be a winner for one of the easiest slow cooker recipes I’ve ever published on this site. You basically just toss everything in the slow cooker. (Or if you love color as much as I do, you can line the ingredients all up to look extra pretty…which is also pretty much 100% useless but…pretty!)

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup | #crockpot

Then add in the key ingredient — enchilada sauce.

Since it is the key ingredient and will basically serve as the seasoning for the soup, I can’t recommend enough that you use a really good enchilada sauce for this recipe. And — ahem — I happen to have a homemade red enchilada sauce recipe on here that is my all-time-forever-and-ever-favorite. So if you are so inclined, I highly suggest you make a batch of that. But any enchilada sauce will work.

Then just let it cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours — whatever fits your schedule.

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup | #crockpot

And once it’s done, shred the chicken and you’re ready to go!

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup | #crockpot

Seriously, just look at that! I can hardly believe it only took about 10 minutes of prep time.

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup | #crockpot

SO good, so much flavor, and it’s actually pretty light and good for you too.

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup | #crockpot

You can either serve it just plain…

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup | #crockpot

…or garnish it up with whatever toppings sound good. (I’ve included a mega list of suggestions below if you like to go topping-crazy.)

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup | #crockpot

However you serve it, I’m pretty sure that this one will make you and your friends and family smile. And then we can all go on with our days and pass on the smiles to some other people.


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Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 240 minutes
  • Total Time: 250 minutes
  • Yield: 4 -6 servings 1x


This slow cooker chicken enchilada soup recipe only takes about 10 minutes of prep time, and it is oh-so-delicious and comforting.


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
  • 2 cups good-quality chicken stock
  • 1 1/4 cup (or a 10-ounce can) red enchilada sauce*, homemade or store-bought
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 (15-ounce) can whole-kernel corn**, drained
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 white onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or more/less to taste
  • optional garnishes: chopped fresh cilantro, diced avocado, diced red onion, shredded cheese, sour cream, tortilla strips/chips


  1. Add all ingredients to a large slow cooker, and stir to combine. Cook for 3-4 hours on high heat or 6-8 hours on low heat, until the chicken is cooked through and shreds easily. Use two forks to shred the chicken.
  2. Serve warm, with optional garnishes.
  3. You can also refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 5 days. Or freeze it for up to 3 months.


*If you are making this soup gluten-free, be sure to use gluten-free enchilada sauce.

**If you don’t like that much corn, just use half a can, drained

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  1. I am all about the slow cooker right now, so this one is going on my list to try! You can’t beat that prep time. :)

    • Soup looks great-I am gonna hold out for your old school Chill’s version! I love love love the nod that gentlemen give to ladies. It is an indescribable nod that usually older men do as if to say: you are a woman and I note your presence in the room. Do you know that one??? So sweet and yet so fading…

  2. Pinning this for an awesome weeknight meal! Did you mean 3-4 hours on high and 6-8 on low? I think they may be swapped :)

  3. Such a great weeknight dinner idea! Love this!!

  4. Love the looks of this, Ali!

  5. Delicious! I love crockpot soup season :)

  6. This looks SO GOOD! Pinned!

  7. Friendly people make the world so much brighter! Yum! These southwest flavors are my fav!

  8. Can’t even put into words how great this looks, I cannot wait to get the slow cooker out and make this, it would be perfect to come home to after a long day!

  9. This soup looks amazing Ali! Pinned, tweeted & Sharing on Facebook :)

  10. Another excuse to make your enchilada sauce!!!!

  11. This looks wonderful. However I think you have your times switched around for the cook times you suggested.

  12. Oh I’ll be trying this for sure! Looks SO amazing!

  13. I do believe that the crockpot cooking times are reversed for the high and low programs on the Chicken Enchilda soup recipe

  14. Since it is now unofficially the autumn season, my Soup Sundays are back. I make a different soup, stew or chili each week in the Fall/Winter. Your bacon corn chowder recipe was the first one I made! Looks like I’ll be trying this one too! Love your blog, Ali :)

  15. I really need to make your enchilada sauce!

  16. I totally agree about the stranger-smiling thing. I’m particularly inclined to smiling at people who look tired/distracted/hangry and moms (started caring about that when I became a mom!).

    I also started caring about how quickly I could get a good meal on the table for my family. 10 minutes is about as good as it gets for something this delicious!

  17. Looks awesome – my kind of dinner!

  18. Gorgeous photos! I’ll take two bowls :D

  19. This looks scrumtralescent! Can’t wait to try it out, especially with this fall weather here in Kansas! I’m a new blogger and will definitely be following so I can try out some of these recipes.

  20. This soup looks so dreamy and only ten minute prep time?? Count me in!!

  21. Mmm I can never have enough chicken enchilada soup! Gorgeous photos as always, Ali!

  22. Ali, this soup looks perfect. I love enchiladas but sometimes don’t want to put in the effort of making the separate parts and putting them all together. Throwing everything into the slow cooker in the morning and coming home to this soup after work sounds wonderful!

  23. This looks perfect for those nights when your craving mexican food but too lazy to make it. problem solved just throw it in crock pot! Yes please!

    Um… p.s. people smile at you because your amazing!

  24. What a delicious soup that is jam packed full of yummy flavour! I love that you can make it in a slow cooker.. definitely going to be recreating the recipe, it is perfect for a weeknight meal.

  25. This looks so delish! Question, do you make your own chicken stock or is there one that you can recommend? Thanks!!

    • Thanks, Lynn! Sometimes I make my own, sometimes I use Trader Joe’s (my favorite!). At my other grocery store, I like Kitchen Basics. :)

  26. Growing up and now living in rural Nebraska, the one-finger-steering-wheel wave is where it’s at. It makes me smile, too. Loving this soup! And I have been known to line up slower cooker ingredients, too. Makes it more fun! :)

  27. What a yummy soup! Perfect for busy days and cool evening meals!

  28. Oh My Gosh! YES!!!!! Thank you for sharing!

  29. this looks so yummy! can’t wait to make it this weekend.

    if you like waving at people, you should drive a jeep wrangler. we all do the one finger raise at each other when we pass. or a head nod. my kids think it is the best thing ever.

  30. Could you use a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken? If so, how would you adjust the cooking time?

    • Yes, you could definitely use a rotisserie chicken. That could allow you to reduce the time for an hour or two (until the onions are cooked).

  31. This sounds so warm, cozy, and comforting! Pinned to definitely try this season! Love that its done in the slow cooker!!

  32. YES! This soup is gorgeous. Going on our menu plan for next week for sure!

  33. This may sound like a silly question, but here goes. In the recipe for Chicken Enchilada Soup, does gluten-free flour have to be used? Can I just use regular AP flour? I want to make this soup tomorrow (9/22/14), and I don’t want to have to buy a bag/box of something I will never use again. Thanking you in advance for your response.

    • Hi JoAnn,

      Are you referencing the flour in the enchilada sauce recipe? If so, you can definitely use all-purpose flour. That’s actually what I use. The gluten-free flour is just an option for those who are eating GF. :) Enjoy!


  34. I made this for dinner tonight and everyone loved it! Thank you! This ones a keeper for sure!

  35. This looks so delicious! Can this be made into a vegetarian version somehow? Thank you!!!

  36. I also make a soup that’s pretty much identical to this, but, the other day, I found some chipotle red pepper powder. Holy cow, that was the deal closer! It just added that extra something. I love your recipes, keep ’em comin’!!

  37. Best soup EVER. I forgot to add the onion, and it was still great. In fact, since chopping onions is not my favorite thing, I may just “forget” it next time too. Between that and using chopped garlic from a jar, you can cut an already simple prep to pretty much nothing. (Just in case you’re SUPER lazy like me!)

  38. Made this last night and it was delish! I even made the homemade enchilada sauce for the first time – easy Peasy ! Thanks for a great recipe!

  39. Just came across this and it looks awesome!! Think it would double okay?

  40. This soup is amazing! My husband and I made it this morning, and it was so quick and easy to put together, and tasted SO good. Not to mention the apartment smelled delicious all morning. Thank you for this great recipe!

  41. I totally agree with you about a smile or wave from a stranger.  It’s the simplest gesture that can make the world of difference in someone’s day.  This soup looks fantastic and I’m seriously considering making it for my family tomorrow night.

  42. I know what you mean about small kindnesses – the little waves or smiles from strangers and, one of my favorites, our 3 year old neighbor River knocking on our door “just to say ‘hi'”. I love things that remind me that we’re all connected.

    This enchilada soup looks amazing, btw. So many slow cooker recipes require searing, sautéing, etc. beforehand – which I’m happy to do sometimes. But it’s nice to have recipes that truly are just adding ingredients and pushing a button. ;)

  43. This was SO delicious. I actually used a diced heirloom tomato instead of the canned tomato portion, because I don’t like watery soup. It came out just fine.

    I also highly recommend topping with chopped cilantro, shredded cheese, sour cream dollop, diced avocado, and tortilla strips!

    It looks almost identical to the pictures above too. Not misleading at all!

    Highly recommend.

  44. Sure gonna try this in the first cold spell.

  45. Could i make as a freezer meal and just add chicken stock when ready to prepare?

  46. Hi this looks amazing and I want to try it. I’m new to the slow cooker food making.  Was this frozen chicken being used or thawed? 

  47. This is delicious! Froze the leftovers and were just as good. Did add a little more seasoning but give this recipe 5 STARS. 

  48. Terrific Soup!  I make it in my Breville Fast/Slow cooker, on High for 20 min. 
    For GF & Grain free & Low Sodium Version: 

    I use a GF flour combo w/ the Enchilada sauce recipe (sorghum, millet, potato & arrowroot starch) along w/ 3 T. for Medium hotness & low sodium Chicken broth by Pacific. 

    My other alterations: 
    3 chicken breasts, no corn, No sodium black beans, & low sodium chicken broth.  

    I’ve made this countless times for kids and adults alike! Thank you!