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chili's copycat chicken enchilada soup

Chilis Copycat Chicken Enchilada Soup

If you are interested in a delicious soup recipe, you need to stop everything and try this copycat chicken enchilada soup recipe.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Comfort Food
Keyword: chicken enchilada soup, chili's enchiladas soup, Chilis Copycat Chicken Enchilada Soup, copycat chili's chicken enchilada soup, copycat recipe, enchilada soup, enchilada soup recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 237kcal
Author: Dash of Herbs



  • 3 large chicken breasts boneless
  • 2 teaspoons salt divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 96 ounces chicken stock (unsalted) divided
  • 1 1/4 cups masa harina (corn flour)
  • 10 ounce can red enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups shredded Jack Cheese divided
  • 2 cups Shredded cheddar cheese divided

Optional Toppings:

  • tortilla strips
  • fresh chopped cilantro
  • sour cream


  • Season the chicken breasts on both sides with ½ teaspoon kosher salt and pepper.
  • Heat a Dutch oven over medium-heat. Once hot, add the oil and sear the chicken on both sides, do not crowd the pan, you may need to do this step in batches. Place the seared chicken on a plate, set aside.
    chili's copycat chicken enchilada soup seared chicken
  • Add the garlic, chili powder, cumin, onion powder, and the remaining 1 & ½ teaspoons salt and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Reserve 2 cups of chicken stock for later, add the rest to the pot and scrape the bits off the bottom of the pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for 30 minutes covered.
    chili's copycat chicken enchilada soup process
  • Take the chicken out of the pot and thinly slice it. Add it back to the pot.
    chili's copycat chicken enchilada soup chicken sliced
  • Mix together the remaining 2 cups of chicken stock and the masa harina until smooth. Slowly stream in this mixture while whisking.
    chili's copycat chicken enchilada soup process shot
  • Add the enchilada sauce and mix it in. Bring back to a simmer and simmer for an additional 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. The soup will thicken from the masa harina.
    chili's copycat chicken enchilada soup process shot
  • Turn off the heat, add half of the Monterey Jack cheese and half of the cheddar cheese. Stir it in until melted. Taste, adjust seasoning if necessary.
    chili's copycat chicken enchilada soup process image
  • Serve with more of the cheeses on top, the tortilla strips, cilantro, and sour cream.


  • The masa harina is what makes this soup special. You can really taste it and it is a necessary ingredient. You can find it at any grocery store. I always use the Maseca brand.
  • You can use shredded rotisserie chicken in place of the fresh chicken breasts. You can also use chicken thighs if that’s what you have.
  • I love to add tortilla strips, cilantro, cheese, and sour cream on top, but add your favorite taco toppings. Some other options are sliced avocado, pico de gallo, diced tomatoes, red onion, scallions, etc.
  • Since this is a Chili’s copycat recipe I only used what Chili’s puts in their enchilada soup. If you want to bulk up this recipe you can add corn, black beans, pinto beans, or even rice!
  • To make this spicy you can add ½ teaspoon chipotle powder or cayenne pepper. You can also add some diced fresh jalapenos, or chopped pickled jalapenos as well.
  • Keeps in the fridge for up to 5 days. Can be frozen for up to 3 months.
Nutrition Facts
Chilis Copycat Chicken Enchilada Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 237 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 885mg38%
Potassium 391mg11%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 624IU12%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 225mg23%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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