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Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup #Recipe

A few weeks ago I actually had a lunchtime free of kids so I met two girlfriends at Chili’s for lunch. My friend Di was getting the soup and salad lunch and I decided to join her. I was originally going to get the loaded baked potato soup but asked the waiter if I could get a sample of the enchilada soup because that was what Di was having and it sounded good. I have to tell you, I fell in love with that soup right away. I decided last week I was going to attempt to find a recipe for it and make it for myself. I varied some from that recipe above because I found it was not flavorful enough. It had the kick just fine, but the flavor was missing.

Chili's Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe


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Serves: 10

Knockoff of Chili's Enchilada Soup
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup prepared chicken bouillon
  • 1 diced yellow onion
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Adobo Seasoning
  • 2 cups Masa Brosa (Mexican flour)
  • 4 quarts water (divided)
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • ⅓ pound Velveeta cut into small cubes
  • 3 pounds cooked, cubed chicken breast
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Olive Oil
  • Extra Adobo Seasoning
  • Mixed cheese shreds
  • fresh pico de gallo (optional, I'm not a fan)
  1. In large pot (seriously, a large pot), combine oil, chicken base, onion, and spices. Saute until onions are soft and clear (about 5 minutes).
  2. Preheat oven to 350.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine Masa Brosa with 1 quart water. Stir until all lumps dissolve.
  4. Add Masa Brosa "rue" to sauteed onions, bring to a boil. Once mixture starts to bubble, continue cooking 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. This will eliminate any raw taste from Masa Brosa.
  5. Add tomatoes and remaining 3 quarts water to pot. Let mixture return to boil stirring occasionally.
  6. Add Velveeta to soup. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cheese melts.
  7. Add chicken; heat through.
  8. While the chicken is heating mix olive oil and some extra Adobo Seasoning together and brush onto corn tortillas. Cut tortillas into thin strips and bake in the oven until crispy. Approximately 10 minutes.
  9. Ladel into soup bowls.
  10. Top with mixed cheese shreds, pico de gallo, and tortilla strips.
  11. Enjoy your Chili's Enchilada Soup!


About Paula

Paula Krueger considers herself a “baby “chef, not because she cooks for babies, but because she’s still learning how to cook. She started this blog after taking Wilton method classes and at that point was more interested in baking. She’s since become more interested in learning to cook as her family has grown. She also covers product reviews and travel as well.


  1. This sounds really good. I love too cook, but don’t cook many soups too often.

    Thanks for your recipe!
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  2. Wow this sounds good! I don’t like to use Velveeta, what do you think I could substitute?
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  3. I’ve never had a soup like that, not even sure what an “enchilada” is really but it sure looks good.
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  4. oh – looks so good. I am about to cook dinner and am drooling!
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  5. Yum! I’m going to have to give making this a try – I love their enchilada soup!
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  6. Oh my word, that looks amazing.
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  7. Thanks so much for sharing this! I love it when I can make a favorite restaurant dish at home, and this is one of them. I made it today and it’s just like I remember. Yum!!!

    I did a couple of things differently: I didn’t have chicken bullion, so I used 1 quart of chicken broth in place of 1 quart of water. And I used a whole pound of velveta. : ) my family likes stuff cheesy. Topped with some tortilla chips, it was delicious!

  8. looks so delicious!


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