Friday, October 16, 2015

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup

Lately I have been all about chicken soup. I have made four old recipes over the past few weeks. I have also had all sorts of ideas for new recipes. So this week I baked two chickens, made stock from the bones and saved the chicken fat. Then I set out to try three new chicken soup ideas. The first recipe is sort of a copycat recipe. I was inspired by can of Progresso Light Chicken and Cheese Enchilada Soup. It is delicious! A creamy and cheesy can of comfort. What I was missing was tortillas. So I thought adding tortillas would be either noodle or dumpling like. I was right. My version is very close to the can in flavor. I started the pot with chicken fat. Why you ask? Well because I had it and two because it boosts the chicken flavor. The green and red peppers add color and Mexican flavor. The tomatoes with chipotle add a smoky chili flavor as if you used enchilada sauce. And the cheddar cheese soup is nice and cheesy without the risk of separating. Is it weird that I used another companies soup to re-create a different companies soup? Maybe? If you leave the tortillas out you have a light creamy and cheesy chicken soup like the Progresso soup. But if you add the tortillas they soften and plump up a bit in the soup. They are delicious and silky like soft noodles or dumplings. I suspect if you double the amount of tortillas you will have a really great southwest chicken and dumplings. Hey! That sounds like three recipes in one. I hope you enjoy it as much as dear sister and I did.

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup
Serves 4 to 6


2 Tbsp. chicken fat (butter or olive oil)
1 onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
4 cups fat-free unsalted chicken stock
10 oz. can of tomatoes with chipotle peppers
2 cans healthy request cheddar cheese soup
4 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
4 small flour tortillas
Kosher salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste                    


In a Dutch oven, sauté the onion, celery and bell pepper in chicken fat over medium high heat. Season with salt and pepper; sauté until veggies begin to soften. When onion is translucent and starts to get golden, add garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Add tomatoes, cheddar cheese soup and cream cheese to broth, stir until soup and cream cheese is well incorporated. Add chicken to pot and bring back to a simmer. Cut tortillas into 1" strips about 3” long, slowly add to simmering soup. Pat down into soup, resist stirring. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.

Linking to:
Love Bakes Good Cakes: The Ultimate Soup Recipe List Linky
Tumbleweed Contessa: What'd You Do This Weekend?
God's Growing Garden: Tuesdays with a Twist
Miz Helen's Country Cottage: Full Plate Thursday
Reasons To Skip The Housework: STH Link Party
Spatulas On Parade: Wonderful Wednesday
Dizzy Busy & Hungry: Wine'd Down Wednesday
Buns In My Oven: What's Cookin' Wednesday

1 comment:

  1. We will just love this flavorful soup! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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