Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup (Chili's)

Hope Vaillancourt Recipe

By Hope Vaillancourt MissHopie87

15 Min
35 Min

This is by far one of our favorites! If you have ever been to Chili's and have found yourself addicted to this soup then you will love this copycat recipe! Loaded with cheese, chicken and mexican spices this soup is PERFECT on a cold rainy/ snowy day. Mmmmm Mmmmm! Enjoy!

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1/2 c
vegetable oil
1/4 c
chicken bouillon powder
3 c
yellow onions, diced
2 tsp
ground cumin
2 tsp
chili powder
2 tsp
granulated garlic
1/2 tsp
cayenne pepper
2 c
masa harina
4 qt
2 c
canned crushed tomatoes
1 can(s)
(30 ounces) enchilada sauce (use macayo's brand for the best flavor)
8 oz
velveeta cheese, cubed
3 lb
cooked chicken breast, shredded
1 c
cheddar cheese, shredded
4 c
tortilla chips, crushed
1 c
pico de gallo

Directions Step-By-Step

In large pot, place oil, chicken base, onion and spices.
Sauté until onions are soft and clear, about 5 minutes.
In another container, combine Masa Harina with 1 quart water.
Stir until all lumps dissolve.
Add to sautéed onions and bring to boil.
Once mixture starts to bubble, continue cooking 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.
This will eliminate any raw taste from Masa Harina.
Add remaining 3 quarts water to pot.
Add tomatoes and enchilada sauce; let mixture return to boil stirring occasionally.
Add cheese to soup.
Cook stirring occasionally, until cheese melts.
Add chicken; heat through and serve. Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese, crumbled tortilla chips, and pico de gallo.

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Blanca Fernandez BlancaTere
Sep 11, 2012
This sounds good. I have never heard of the Macayo brand. Don't think we have it here in Calif. Thanks for the recipe!!
Hope Vaillancourt MissHopie87
Sep 13, 2012
it is the best enchilada sauce but you can use your favorite red enchilada sauce as a substitute. This soup is truly one of the best soups you will ever taste :D
Andrea Montgomery alm2572
Sep 16, 2012
do use the red or green enchilada sauce
Hope Vaillancourt MissHopie87
Sep 19, 2012
the red enchilada sauce
Helen Umphrey gorgagramma
Nov 16, 2012
I'm not familiar with masa harina..however I fell in love with Chili's enchilada soup and would love to try making it..Where can I find this masa harina?
Janice Nebgen jnebgen
Nov 25, 2012
Just made this using left over smoked turkey from Thanksgiving...really good. I think you could also add some corn and or black beans to this...thank you for sharing!
Kimberly Randall KimberlyNichole
Dec 1, 2012
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
Hope Vaillancourt MissHopie87
Dec 31, 2012
Helen, you can find Masa Harina at your local grocery store in the ethnic section (mexican foods) or in the baking aisle next to the flour. I usually buy the Quaker Brand, but it is available by other brands as well. Here is a picture:
Brenda Jones Brenda2772
May 14, 2013
I didn't follow the recipe exactly (no cumin or masa, extra tomatoes), however it turned out delicious! I used Bob' Red Mill whole grain corn flour--instead of the flour, and that did the trick. I've never used or seen masa so I can't compare, but the soup turned out like I'dd hoped. I may try it with a dollop of sour cream.
Kimberly Randall KimberlyNichole
May 15, 2013
I have made this soup about 4 or 5 times now and we LOVE IT. This is exactly like the Chili's restaurant soup. Thanks a lot for this recipe. I don't know how you got it so close to the restaurant style, but I love you for it!
Louise Leck twain_harte
Jun 4, 2013
This recipe is huge!!! I had to split it into two pots! Tasty. My masa got clumped.
Louise Leck twain_harte
Jun 4, 2013
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
Jennifer Cormack jcormack
Oct 16, 2013
I made half of the recipe today and we are fighting about who is getting to finish this. We do not have a Chili's close by but this satisfies my cravings for sure. I did use chicken broth in place of water and onion powder instead of onions. THANK YOU for posting!!
Michelle G 354107
Oct 21, 2013
This was EXCELLENT! I highly recommend! Just like the restaurant - THANK YOU for sharing! It does make a LARGE soup pot, but it won't go to waste! I did add an extra 4oz of Velvetta, and about a cup extra of chicken. I used home grown, roasted tomatoes in lieu of the canned tomatoes. (PS I had no problems with my Masa. I used a whisk and stirred frequently while I was cooking my onions.)