Soups & Salads | April 24, 2021

Just like Chili’s Enchilada Soup

Easy, cheesy, red enchilada soup just like Chili’s restaurant.  This soup is made in the pressure cooker in minutes and packs a punch with tender chicken, spiced enchilada sauce, melty cheese, and a secret ingredient that you won’t ever guess! Just Like Chili’s Enchilada Soup will be your new favorite!

This post is sponsored by Milton’s.  All opinions are my own.

Chili's enchilada soup in black handled bowls atop a wire cooling rack. The soup is garnished with crackers, avocado, and tomato.

What is Enchilada Soup?

Chili’s Enchilada Soup is a soup served at the chain restaurant. It takes the flavors of a chicken enchilada and combines them in a hearty warm soup.  This soup had tender chicken, cheese, enchilada sauce, and even corn tortilla for a soup that warms your belly and satisfies your enchilada craving.

Two bowls of enchilada soup on a marble counter. They are surrounded by crackers, cilantro, limes, and tomatoes.

What Do I Need To Make Enchilada Soup?

For this recipe, you’ll need to add the following to your grocery list:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 quart water
  • 6 tsp chicken bouillon powder
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 28 oz red enchilada sauce
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 chicken breasts, shredded or cut into bite sized pieces
  • 6 corn tortillas, cubed
  • 8 oz American cheese, cubed
  • 16 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated

For Garnish

  • Milton’s cheesy cheddars
  • avocado
  • cilantro
  • pico de gallo
  • sour cream

Ingredients needed to make chicken enchilada soup.

Let’s Chat Milton’s

Milton’s is one of our favorite brands to work with.  Their products are always top notch and delicious!  Their philosophy is to create food that can bring joy to eating, and we totally agree!  They take care in making products that are high quality and that fit a number of special diets. We have paired this enchilada soup with their cheesy cheddars – which we feel is the perfect combination.  A cheesy cracker and a warm tomatoey soup are a match made in heaven.

Milton's crackers on a Mable counter.

How Do You Make Chili’s Enchilada Soup?

1. Set your pressure cooker to saute and add 1 tbsp of oil.  Once heated, add in diced onion.  Cook until softened.

2. Add in minced garlic and cook until fragrant.  About 1 minute.

3. Pour in water.

4. Add tomato sauce.

How to prepare soup in your pressure cooker.

5. Pour in enchilada sauce.

6. Add in cooked chicken.

7. Toss in diced corn tortillas.

8. Add in cumin.

9. Add in chicken bouillon.

10. Add in chili powder. Seal pressure cooker and cook on high for 5 minutes.  Use a quick release to release the pressure.

11. Toss in American cheese.

12. Add in sharp cheddar. Stir until cheese is completely melted.

13. Serve immediately in bowls.  Garnish with Milton’s cheesy cheddars, avocado, pico de gallo, cilantro, sour cream, and extra cheese.

Chili’s Enchilada Soup Variations

There are a few variations you can make to this recipe:

  • Use hot or spicy enchilada sauce to give this soup a kick.
  • Replace the American cheese with an equal amount of cheddar cheese.
  • Replace the water and chicken bouillon with chicken stock.
  • Add a drained can of corn.

An overhead shot of two bowls of chili's enchilada soup. They are atop a wire cooling rack and have crackers and lime wedges surrounding them.

Cooked Chicken Options

There are several options for the chicken you use in this soup:

  1. Shred the breast meat from a rotisserie chicken. I love this little cooking tip. The chicken is so tender and delicious.
  2. Cook chicken breasts in the pressure cooker and shred. Just use the poultry setting and allow a natural release.
  3. Boil chicken breasts and shred.
  4. Use precooked chicken found in the deli section.

An overhead shot of a single bowl of Chili's enchilada soup on top of a wire cooling rack. The bowl is placed on the corner of the rack. There is a small bowl of limes to the side and the soup is garnished with crackers, tomatoes, and avocado.

Topping Ideas

The fun of this soup is that you can load it up with fun toppings that are delicious and add an extra dimension to this soup.  Some ideas include:

Milton's Crackers falling out of a bag next to a bowl of soup.

Chili’s Enchilada Soup Q&A

Can I make this recipe on the stovetop?

Yes, see instructions in the recipe card.

Can I make this recipe in the slow cooker?

Yes, see instructions in the recipe card.

Can I freeze enchilada soup?

Yes! But do not freeze it with the cheese.  Prepare soup up until the addition of the cheese.  Let the soup cool, and then transfer to an airtight container.  Freeze for up to 3 months.  To use, remove from freezer, thaw, and then heat on the stove top.  Stir in cheeses and serve.

How long does this soup last?

This soup will keep in an airtight container in your fridge for 5 days. Reheat individual servings in the microwave.

Two bowls of enchilada soup on a cooling rack.

I Love Mexican inspired soups! Do You Have other recipes?

Check our our:

Taco Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Albondigas Soup

One bowl of Chili's enchilada soup surround's did by cilantro, limes, and crackers.

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Chili's enchilada soup in black handled bowls atop a wire cooling rack. The soup is garnished with crackers, avocado, and tomato.
Chili's Enchilada Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Pressure Cooker Pressurizing Time + Quick Release Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Easy, cheesy, red enchilada soup just like Chili's restaurant.  This soup is made in the pressure cooker in minutes and packs a punch with tender chicken, spiced enchilada sauce, melty cheese, and a secret ingredient that you won't ever guess! Just Like Chili's Enchilada Soup will be your new favorite!

Course: Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex Mex
Keyword: Chili's enchilada soup, enchilada soup, Instant pot enchilada soup
Servings: 10
Calories: 421 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 quart water
  • 6 tsp chicken bouillon powder
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 28 oz red enchilada sauce
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 chicken breasts shredded or cut into bite sized pieces
  • 6 corn tortillas cubed
  • 8 oz American cheese cubed
  • 16 oz sharp cheddar cheese grated
For Garnish
  • Milton's cheesy cheddars
  • avocado
  • cilantro
  • pico de gallo
  • sour cream
Instructions
Pressure Cooker Directions
  1. Set your pressure cooker to saute and add 1 tbsp of oil.  Once heated, add in diced onion.  Cook until softened.
  2. Add in minced garlic and cook until fragrant.  About 1 minute.
  3. Pour in water.
  4. Add tomato sauce.
  5. Pour in enchilada sauce.
  6. Add in cooked chicken.
  7. Toss in diced corn tortillas.
  8. Add in cumin.
  9. Add in chicken bouillon.
  10. Add in chili powder. Seal pressure cooker and cook on high for 5 minutes.  Use a quick release to release the pressure.
  11. Toss in American cheese.
  12. Add in sharp cheddar. Stir until cheese is completely melted.
  13. Serve immediately in bowls.  Garnish with Milton's cheesy cheddars, avocado, pico de gallo, cilantro, sour cream, and extra cheese.
Stovetop Directions
  1. In a 5 qt dutch oven heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium heat on the stovetop. Once heated, add in diced onion.  Cook until softened.
  2. Add in minced garlic and cook until fragrant.  About 1 minute.
  3. Pour in water.
  4. Add tomato sauce.
  5. Pour in enchilada sauce.
  6. Add in cooked chicken.
  7. Toss in diced corn tortillas.
  8. Add in cumin.
  9. Add in chicken bouillon.
  10. Add in chili powder. Simmer soup for 15 minutes.
  11. Toss in American cheese.
  12. Add in sharp cheddar. Stir until cheese is completely melted.
  13. Serve immediately in bowls.  Garnish with Milton's cheesy cheddars, avocado, pico de gallo, cilantro, sour cream, and extra cheese.
Slow Cooker Direcitons
  1. In a medium skillet heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium heat on the stovetop. Once heated, add in diced onion.  Cook until softened.
  2. Add in minced garlic and cook until fragrant.  About 1 minute.
  3. Transfer onions and garlic to a 5 qt slow cooker
  4. Pour in water.
  5. Add tomato sauce.
  6. Pour in enchilada sauce.
  7. Add in cooked chicken.
  8. Toss in diced corn tortillas.
  9. Add in cumin.
  10. Add in chicken bouillon.
  11. Add in chili powder. Cook on low for 4-6 hours, or on high for 3.
  12. Toss in American cheese.
  13. Add in sharp cheddar. Cook on low for 1 hour or on high for 30 minutes. Stir to combine melted cheeses.
  14. Serve immediately in bowls.  Garnish with Milton's cheesy cheddars, avocado, pico de gallo, cilantro, sour cream, and extra cheese.
Recipe Notes
  • nutritional info does not include garnishes.

Chili's Enchilada Soup Q&A

Can I make this recipe on the stovetop?

Yes, see instructions in the recipe card.

Can I make this recipe in the slow cooker?

Yes, see instructions in the recipe card.

Can I freeze enchilada soup?

Yes! But do not freeze it with the cheese.  Prepare soup up until the addition of the cheese.  Let the soup cool, and then transfer to an airtight container.  Freeze for up to 3 months.  To use, remove from freezer, thaw, and then heat on the stove top.  Stir in cheeses and serve.

How long does this soup last?

This soup will keep in an airtight container in your fridge for 5 days. Reheat individual servings in the microwave.

Nutrition Facts
Chili's Enchilada Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 421 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 99mg33%
Sodium 1937mg84%
Potassium 462mg13%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 1641IU33%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 602mg60%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

 

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