Fire-Eater Chicken Enchilada Soup

Yowsa. Or, rather, olé! This fire-eater chicken enchilada soup is some mighty good (and kickin’) soup. As unbelievable as it was, it was even better the second day. This started out as a copycat of Chili’s enchilada soup, but it quickly took several turns towards even greater… greatness. The flavor is fantastic, definitely southwestern. We absolutely loved the texture and flavor the ground tortilla chips (versus using masa harina) gave to the soup.

Fire-Eater Chicken Enchilada SoupFor the chicken, I used leftover fire-eater roasted chicken. It has tremendous flavor, and is moist to boot. It also added some more kick to this soup, and kick is good. You can use any cooked chicken you have on hand, but you might want to add some more cayenne (or hot sauce).

Fire-Eater Chicken Enchilada Soup

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8


For the soup

  • 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup diced white or sweet onion
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup lightly ground tortilla chips
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 28 ounce can quality enchilada sauce
  • 3/4 pound extra sharp cheddar cheese cubed
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne or more
  • Hot sauce to taste
  • 1 pound cooked chicken cubed or shredded (I used fire-eater roasted chicken breast)
  • 1 14 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained

For the garnish

  • Tortilla strips
  • Shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • Pico de gallo or chunky tomato salsa


  • Heat oil in a large pot or Dutch oven.
  • Add onion and cook until starting to soften.
  • Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Add the chicken broth.
  • Mix ground tortilla chips with the water and add to the pot.
  • Add enchilada sauce, cheese, chili powder, cumin, cayenne and hot sauce. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly (or the soup will scorch). Reduce the heat to a simmer.
  • Add chicken and beans. Simmer 30-40 minutes until thickened.
  • Serve with desired garnish.

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