Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup

Main Dishes · Soups · October 19, 2017

This Copycat Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup tastes just like the restaurant’s version. It is filled with chicken, tomatoes, cheese and red enchilada sauce and is so flavorful and delicious!

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Enchilada Soup

I think I have a NEW favorite soup recipe!! Today’s recipe is a Copycat Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup is AMAZING!! I should begin by saying that Chili’s is one of our favorite restaurants. We love the food and it’s inexpensive enough that we can take the whole family there without feeling like we’re breaking the bank. It also used to be one of the favorite places I would eat at with my co-workers back when I just graduated from college. One of the meals I loved to get was the half sandwich and soup. My favorite soup was their Enchilada Soup and although I don’t go there as often, I still think about how delicious the soup was.

A few months ago I realized I had never done a copycat version of this recipe, so I gave it a go and the result was amazing!! It was SO full of flavor and tasted just like the real thing! The masa harina (corn tortilla mix) gives is that enchilada flavor that is addicting and delicious.


How to make Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup:

Begin by sautéing your garlic in a large pot and adding your chicken broth. In a separate bowl, whisk together masa harina and water until well blended. From there, you add the masa mixture to the pot followed by the remaining water, enchilada sauce, Velveeta cheese and seasonings.

Bring this to a boil, add the chicken and simmer for thirty minutes. Top this delicious soup with your favorite toppings, like tomatoes, cilantro, cheese and tortilla strips, and you’re set!

Chili's Chicken Enchilada Soup

I found the colored tortilla strips at my local HEB, but you should be able to find them at most grocery stores. I also think cilantro or green onions would be a great addition on top… oh yeah, and maybe sour cream too!!

If you’ve ever tried the recipe and loved it, you’ll definitely want to try this. In fact, if you love Enchiladas and Soup, you should try this because it’s a new keeper recipe. 😀

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4.38 from 8 votes

Chili's Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe

This Copycat Chili's Chicken Enchilada Soup tastes just like the real thing and is filled with chicken, tomatoes, cheese and more!

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 390 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 3 chicken breast cooked and cubed
  • 1-2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 cans chicken broth (14.5 oz cans)
  • 1 c masa harina corn tortilla mix - found near flour/corn muffin mix
  • 3 c water divided
  • 1 c mild red enchilada sauce
  • 16 oz Velveeta cheese cubed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • tomatoes (garnish)
  • corn tortilla strips (garnish)


  1. Add garlic to a large pot and saute for 1-2 minutes. Add chicken broth.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together masa harina and 2 cups water until well blended. Add masa mixture to the pot.

  3. Add remaining water, enchilada sauce, cubed Velveeta cheese, salt, onion, powder, chili powder and cumin. Bring to a boil.

  4. Add cubed chicken, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

  5. Garnish with tomatoes and tortilla strips.

Nutrition Facts
Chili's Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 390 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 2441mg 102%
Potassium 808mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 9g
Protein 41g 82%
Vitamin A 23%
Vitamin C 11.3%
Calcium 47.5%
Iron 14.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe adapted from

Chicken Enchilada Soup

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    Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    Okay, enchilada soup sounds like the most perfect meal ever! I love both so why not combine them?! I could easily make a veggie version, too, so this is great 🙂
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    Erren @Erren's Kitchen

    Looks SO good! I love soup this time of year! 🙂
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    Amy Stafford

    This is a lovely soup recipe. Perfect for the cold weather.
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    Michelle | A Latte Food

    I haven’t been to Chili’s in so long, but this soup looks amazing! So warm and comforting!
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    eat good 4 life

    Soup is one of my favorite things I like to eat over the winter. This soup recipe looks very comforting and easy to make! I love tomatoes.
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    Cathy Trochelman

    Why do I have the feeling I could polish off a few bowls of this? It looks amazing!!
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    I really wanted to like this but I didn’t. Tasted like a thinned out velveeta cheese dip. Maybe another cheese and not so much would be better

      Lil' Luna

      Sorry to hear that! You could try whatever cheese you like..hope you’ll try it again and you like it better 🙂


      Definitely DO NOT make this with Velveeta. Blech. Regular shredded cheddar tastes so much better. 😁


    We just made this and my whole family of 6 loved it! Based on a previous comment I thought it might be too watery so I was worried about adding the third cup of water but it was still perfect. Because the soup thickens as it simmers. I only had 12 oz of velveeta so I just threw in an extra handful of cheddar cheese and it was great. We topped w tortilla chips, sour cream, hot sauce and of course more cheese. My family loved it!


    I made this today and it was very good. The only modification I made was with the cheese. I was concerned about how strong the velveeta taste would be based on one of the comments on this recipe as well as similar comments on other chicken enchilada soup recipes. So I reduced the velveeta to 8 ounces and added 8 ounces of sharp cheddar and it was really good. It’s very close to the way Chili’s soup tastes. My daughter thought the velveeta taste was still a bit strong, but that didn’t stop her from eating 3 bowls of it. 🙂

      Lil' Luna

      That’s perfect!! Thank you so much for sharing that and for giving it a try 🙂


    Can I put this in my slow cooker ?

      Lil' Luna

      I’m sure you can 🙂 I haven’t made it that way, but it will work!


    I would like to know if there is a substitute for chicken broth or which brand you use. The last time I used it, I didn’t like the smell and I used swansons. Can I use the Maggie chicken bouillon cubes instead.

      Kristyn Merkley

      You sure could. I would just follow the instructions to make the broth with the cubes. I may have used Swanson’s as well.


    I love this recipe! Tried it the way you had it the first time. Then decided to have some fun! I added frozen corn (not in season so I didn’t have fresh) and black beans! Talk about YUUUUM! Just gives it a bit of added flavor and is really a nice compliment to the soup.


    Made the chicken enchilada soup and it was absolutely FABULOUS!!!!
    I do have a question can the soup be frozen in a air tight container for 3 days and then unthawed to eat?


    so just throw garlic in a pot? No oil, just a dry pot? Hmmmm. Never seen that before.

      Kristyn Merkley

      You can add a little butter or oil, but on low it’s ok by itself 🙂 Whichever you prefer. Hope you like it!


    Made this for dinner tonight. Turned out wonderful! Only change I made was I added some more cumin and chili powder (making both a full tsp), but I love extra spice. Will make it again!


      Has anyone tried this with shrimp? Im curious to know.

      Kristyn Merkley

      Perfect! Thank you so much for trying it! I haven’t added shrimp, but you for sure could 🙂


    Can you refine this recipe? I’ve made it a few times following the instructions exactly and it never turns out like Chilis Chicken Enchilada Soup.

      Kristyn Merkley

      Oh, no, I am sorry it doesn’t. It isn’t going to be exactly like it, but it sure is close. You could always experiment & add or take out ingredients. Thank you for trying it 🙂 I’m not sure what I would change?


    Could you tell me how much a serving is?

      Kristyn Merkley

      I don’t have that, but really it’s however much you like. It can feed my family of 8 (minus the baby), if that helps. I hope you will try it!


    This was good, but definitely not the Chili’s soup. Once I got over that fact I realized it was yummy. Added cheddar and sour cream to each bowl to add some creaminess since it was a bit thick.

    Bella Hardy @ Healthnerdy

    Definitely your chilis copycat enchilada soup is awesomeness! This is a great recipe Kristyn, as you know I made it a short while ago and it was lovely, in fact have made it again since. Thanks for sharing!


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