The flavors of green chiles, chicken and creamy, cheesy goodness come together perfectly in the slow cooker to make this Creamy Green Chile Enchilada Soup. The perfect way to warm up on cold winter nights!
Brr… It’s cold outside!
I love this time of year: holiday celebrations, colder temperatures and all of the delicious soups, stews and other dishes that are so perfect to help warm us up on chilly nights! This super simple, Slow Cooker Creamy Green Chile Enchilada Soup recipe will definitely keep you warm and your belly happy…
One of my pantry staples is cream cheese. It’s just so versatile -not only does it make great desserts and frostings, but it also pairs well with savory and spicy recipes too. This hearty Green Chile Enchilada Soup was made so much more creamy and delicious with the addition of cream cheese.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed quite a few of my recipes are made with cream cheese. A couple of my favorite savory cream cheese recipes are:
Creamy Chicken Verde Tacos,
Green Chile Enchilada Casserole,
Creamy Green Chile Dip and
Creamy Buffalo Chicken.
The Chicken Verde Tacos is actually what inspired this recipe. (True story: my hubby would come home from work and instead of making himself a taco, he would drink the excess cooking liquid from the tacos. (A mixture of the broth, green chiles and cream cheese. I figured if the cooking liquid was that good, I should probably come up with some sort of soup recipe using the same ingredients…)
Ok- after looking over that list of recipes, it’s obvious that I have a thing for cream cheese, green chiles and enchiladas. (So does my family- I can’t tell you how much they love this recipe!) What I love most though, is that the prep for this soup is so easy. Just toss everything in the crock pot and 8 hours later, have this delicious soup for dinner!
*Recipe update! You can now make a low carb version of this soup in the pressure cooker. See the new version here: Pressure Cooker Green Chile Enchilada Soup.
- Thighs are amazing in this Green Chile Enchilada Soup recipe, but you’ll want to remove as much fat from the thigh as you can prior to cooking.
- Spice measurements are to taste, I’ve had one person tell me they thought it was too spicy, but hundreds who have said they like it as is, so use judgment.
- The recipe calls for 1 can of diced green chiles, but I actually use 2 for even more flavor
- For best results, don’t use store brand cream cheese, I have found certain brands won’t dissolve/mix in all the way!!!
Slow Cooker Creamy Green Chile Enchilada Soup
- 32 oz chicken both
- 24 oz chicken breasts
- 2 cans of Green Chile enchilada sauce
- 4 oz can of diced green chilies
- 3/4 cup of water
- 2 tbsp of ground cumin (see tip above)
- 1 tbsp of chili powder
- 1 tsp of onion powder
- 1 tsp of garlic powder
- 1 cup of frozen corn (defrosted)
- 1 block of cream cheese (cut up into a few pieces)
- 3/4 cup of instant rice (not cooked)
- salt and pepper to taste (depending on the sodium level of your broth, you may need more salt.)
- tablespoon of corn starch (only if needed)
- optional: shredded cheese, avocado and/or sour cream for garnish
- In your slow cooker, mix together the broth, green enchilada sauce, green chilies, water, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder and cumin. (My spice measurements are to my taste, it is up to you if you like more or less…)
- Add the chicken breasts to the crock pot and cook on low for 7 hours.
- At the 7 hour mark, remove the chicken to another dish. Shred the chicken and put back in your slow cooker. Add the rice, corn and cream cheese to the soup mixture and replace the lid. Cook for another 30 minutes and stir the soup, making sure to get the cream cheese mixed in. You may need to cook just a bit longer to ensure the cream cheese is melted completely.
- At this point, you can judge to the consistency of your soup. If you would like it thicker, mix a tablespoon of cornstarch with about 1/8 cup of water and then mix into the soup, after 10 to 20 minutes the soup should thicken considerably.
Products used and recommended in this post:
- Hamilton Beach Set it and Forget it Slow Cooker
- Soup Ladle (Love that this has the oz labeled in the ladle)
- Herdez Salsa Verde (Best green salsa ever!)
Three more fabulous slow cooker recipes you might enjoy:
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