Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup

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By Ginger Bonney
from Minerva, TX

This is a very easy, very forgiving recipe and you can adjust the ingredients almost infinitely to suit your taste. Actually goes very quickly once the chicken is cooked.

serves 6
prep time 15 Min
cook time 1 Hr
method Stove Top


  • 3
    boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2 or 3 pieces each (you can use any amount or cut of chicken you like, you just want to end up with boned, skinless chicken meat)
  • 1 qt
    chicken broth, canned or homeade, may add more to increase servings
  • 1
    onion, roughly chopped
  • 1
    bell pepper, seeded, roughly chopped
  • 2
    serrano chilies or jalapenos, seeded, roughly chopped, more or less to your tolerance of spicy heat,can use habaneros if you like it fiery..
  • 2 clove
    garlic, crushed and peeled, more or less to taste
  • water
  • 2 tsp
    ground cumin, or more, to taste
  • 8 oz
    cream cheese, cubed
  • 8 oz
    sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 can
    rotel tomatoes and green chilies, may add additional can if you like
  • 1 bunch
    fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • tortilla chips, bagged or make your own
  • salt and pepper to taste

How To Make

  • 1
    Pour broth into large pot. Add chicken. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer until chicken is tender. Remove chicken, reserving broth, drain chicken and let cool enough to handle; then shred or dice. Keep broth on low burner.
  • 2
    While chicken cools, add onion, pepper, serrano, garlic to blender. Add water to cover, process until vegetables are pureed. You can do more or less; I like to leave just a little texture to them. Add this to reserved broth. Increase heat to simmer. Add cumin to broth.
  • 3
    Remove about a cup of the hot broth to a saucepan. On low heat add cheeses and stir continuously until smooth. Add more broth if necessary. I actually add hot broth to the cheese in the blender and pulse gently, but this requires extreme caution to avoid getting burned. When smooth and homogenous, add to hot broth in original pot.
  • 4
    Add Rotel. Add chicken to pot. Heat through, simmer a few minutes to blend flavors and cheese into the soup. Just before serving, add chopped fresh cilantro, salt and pepper if desired and adjust seasonings to taste. Place handful of chips in each bowl, ladle soup over chips, garnish as desired with more cilantro, diced onion, more peppers, sour cream, avocado, anything you like, and enjoy!

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