Before I left for college and still lived at home, I cooked dinner for my family almost every night. When someone else is buying the ingredients and doing most of the dishes, it makes it easier. My mom loved it, and I always had fun coming up with recipes. So back then, I created a recipe blog to share some of my recipes that I created. It never took off — because, well, I had no idea what I was doing — but I was looking at it the other day and realized I really did have some fun recipes. One of those is this chicken enchilada soup.
It makes sense that this is one of my favorite soup recipes — I LOVE chicken enchiladas. And this soup is definitely a crowd pleaser. I made it for an activity at church awhile back, and I was so excited when it was the first one gone, and everyone was asking for it! It has delicate flavors, and tastes just like chicken enchiladas — at least, I sure think so.
I can’t even remember where I first had this recipe, but I’m forever indebted to that person. I’ve changed it around quite a bit, especially because now I try and make it dairy free (but it still tastes just as creamy and delicious.) This can easily be made in the crock pot — about four hours on low — and it makes a ton.
I have included my dairy free alternatives, for anyone that is interested. I found that it doesn’t change the flavor at all, and if anything, makes it even better.
Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup and Cream of "Whatever" Soup
- Chicken Enchilada Soup
- Serves 12
- 25 ounces of canned chicken
- 2 cans great northern white beans
- 2 cans chicken broth
- 2 can cream of chicken soup, or 1 cream of whatever recipe, below
- 2 cans green chili enchilada sauce
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. cilantro
- 1 tsp. sage
- 1/2 cup of dried onions
- 1 can evaporated milk, or coconut milk
- Pour chicken, beans, chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, and enchilada sauce into large pot and mix together with wooden spoon. Add remaining ingredients, except for evaporated milk, and bring to a boil. Let boil for 2 minutes, continuously stirring, and then bring down to a simmer. Stir occasionally. Add evaporated milk 30 minutes before serving. Serve with shredded cheese and tortilla cheese.
As silly as this may sound, I had no idea that you could make your own cream of “whatever” soup (chicken, mushroom, etc.) until a few months ago when I was trying to find a dairy free substitute. It’s so easy, much healthier, and totally delicious. This equals one can of soup. I usually just eyeball things, but last time, I measured everything out, so this should work perfectly!
Cream of Whatever Soup
Katie is a Colorado-native, BYU graduated, and most importantly, wife to one and mother to three beautiful boys. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with others – especially about pregnancy, breastfeeding, cooking, and crafts. She is currently training to be a Certified Lactation Educator. She loves spending time with her family and helping others find joy in family life.
Do you use full fat Almond Milk in your recipes or do you use the lighter versions?
I typically use Silk 30 or 60 calorie.
Shandon Anderson says
What is a butter substitute? Where do you buy it?
I often use Earth Balance Buttery Spread – I can find it stores like Sprouts, Trader Joes, and occasionally at Kroger Affiliates. However, if you don’t have a dairy aversion/intolerance, regular butter should work just fine as well 🙂
TC Carson says
I was looking for a crock pot Haystack recipe and found yours then I clicked on your “Cream of “Whatever” Soup and found your Chicken Enchilada Soup. The recipe ingredients starts out with 25 ounces of and then nothing. I am assuming that it means the cans you used are all 25 ounces. And if I am correct have you have tried it with smaller can sizes. This sounds very good and I am looking forward to trying it.
Oops! I recently moved this recipe over to a new format, and it looks like that part got cut out. It’s actually 25 ounces of canned chicken 🙂 Let me know if you have any other questions!
Lorraine @ Cookin For the Seven Dwarfs says
I loooove Enchilada soup! This makes me want to go make some right now! 🙂 Thanks for linking up at Sweet & Savoury Sundays!
This looks so warm, comforting and yummy on a cold night. I love the green enchilada sauce! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Love seeing new faces. Have a blessed week & come back soon ~EMM
Shannah @ Just Us Four says
This sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it.