Chicken Enchilada Soup a la Chili’s

chilis-chicken-enchilada-soup-horizontal-1526596329Growing up my friends and I went to Chili’s at least once a week and I would either get Chicken Crispers or Chicken Enchilada Soup and salad.  We haven’t been able to go to Chili’s for a while so I got the on the good ole Interwebs to see what I could find. I found this copycat recipe at and with a few additions it was a dead ringer for my favorite soup. The recipe makes a ton, so be prepared to make it for a crowd or freeze half.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 7 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 1 cup masa harina
  • 1 cup enchilada sauce
  • 16 oz Velveeta, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups shredded chicken (I used rotisserie)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin


  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack, for garnish
  • tortilla strips, for garnish

In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and cook until soft, 5 minutes, then add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add 5 cups of broth and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, whisk together 2 cups chicken broth, masa harina and spices until smooth. Add to pot, whisking constantly until no lumps remain. Add enchilada sauce and Velveeta and cook, stirring often, until melted. Stir in chicken. Garnish with cheeses and tortilla strips before serving.

Spinach Soup

5242142965_506648d100_o-420x280I found this recipe in the Pioneer Woman’s cookbook, Dinnertime.  We’ve started keeping spinach in the house because of some smoothie recipes my husband likes and I was looking for some other ways to use it up. This recipe was so, so delicious and really simple to make. Pair it with a good crusty bread and it’ll make you like spinach!

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 ounces spinach, weight
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 ounces grated cheese, if  desired

In a large skillet, heat olive over over medium heat. Add spinach and garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly, or until wilted. Add spinach to a blender or food processor. Pour in 1/4 cup hot water and pulse until pureed. Set aside. In a large soup pot, cook onion in butter over medium heat until onions begin to soften. Sprinkle flour over the top and stir to combine. Cook for about 2 minutes, then pour in milk, stirring occasionally. Add salt, pepper, and cayenne and stir to combine. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour in pureed spinach, then cook another 3 to 5 minutes until thickened. Check seasonings, adding more salt, pepper, or cayenne as needed. Serve in a bowl. Add a little grated Gruyere.

Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup

The winter I decided to make Sundays soup night. There is nothing better on a cold night than soup, and it makes great leftovers for the week ahead. This soup comes together so quickly and tastes awesome. Recipe and photo courtesy of

  • 4 medium potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 12 oz. ham, cooked and cubed
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic pepper
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • scallions

Combine potatoes, ham and water in a large pot. Bring to a boil, then cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes (or when potatoes are tender). Add chicken bouillon cubes, salt and pepper. Mix. In another pan, melt butter on medium heat. Whisk in flour and stir constantly for about 1 minute. Slowly add milk and continue whisking until sauce thickens (about 3-4 minutes). Add the milk mixture to your pot and cook soup until heated through. Add cheese right before serving. Top with scallions. Serve immediately.

One Pot Lasagna Soup

This soup is so delicious and easy, it makes a perfect winter soup. The next time I make it though I will try tortellini noodles instead of lasagna because I think the extra cheese will make it extra yummy, and extra ground beef. Recipe and photo courtesy of

  • 1 pound lean ground beef or half Italian sausage
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 24 oz. jar Prego Traditional Italian Sauce
  • 8-10 cups low sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 1 14 oz. can can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tsp EACH dried parsley, dried oregano, salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 whole bay leaf
  • 10 uncooked lasagna noodles broken into approx. 1-2 inch pieces*
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream,optional**

Heat large Dutch oven/large soup pot over medium high heat. Add beef and onion and cook, stirring occasionally until beef is browned. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and saute for 30 seconds. Drain off any excess fat. Add Prego Sauce, 6 cups chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, sugar, spices and lasagna noodles. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer until lasagna noodles are tender, stirring occasionally (approximately 20-30 minutes). Discard bay leaf and stir in heavy cream (optional) and 2-4 cups chicken broth to reach desired consistency. Garnish individual servings with desired amount of cheeses.

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

As we get into fall, I’m always looking for new soups to try. When my husband got a cold he requested soup, but was non-specific as to the kind, so I found this copycat of his favorite Panera Bread soup. I was really really pleased with how simple and delicious it was. Recipe and photo courtesy of

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 package Near East Long Grain & Wild Rice with Flavor Packet
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup cooked and shredded chicken
  • salt, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Melt coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onion and carrots and cook until softened. Add dried marjoram, flour, and seasoning packet from the rice; stir to combine. Add rice, chicken broth, and water; bring to a boil. Cover, lower to a simmer, and let cook for 15 minutes. Heat heavy cream and milk in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir into the soup. Stir in the shredded chicken. Cook about 30 minutes or until the rice is cooked. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with crusty French bread or baguette.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

This recipe comes from I altered the recipe a little bit, but it was delicious, and really good as leftovers. As always I doubled the chicken so if you like a little less just cut it in half.

  • 2 lbs. shredded chicken
  • 1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 10 oz can of enchilada sauce
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1  4 oz can chopped green chile peppers
  • 2  cloves garlic, minced
  • 3  14.5 oz cans of chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1⁄2 10 oz package frozen corn
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

Place all ingredients in your slow-cooker/crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours. I put my chicken in frozen and shredded it about an hour before serving. Serve with crumpled tortilla strips, cheese and avocados. If you are feeling frisky you can make your own tortilla strips using corn tortillas brushed with oil and baking in a 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes.

Tomato Basil Soup

This recipe is a dead ringer for La Madeleine’s. I found it on a website called

  • 4 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 12 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 stick sweet unsalted butter
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • salt to taste

Simmer tomatoes in a saucepan for 30 minutes. Puree, with the basil leaves in a blender or food processor. Return to saucepan and add cream, butter, salt and pepper while stirring over low heat. Garnish with basil leaves and serve with your favorite bread.

Baked Potato Soup

This recipe is brought to you by Paula Deen. While not the thing to eat if you’re worried about your cholesterol, it is nevertheless very yummy.

  • 8-10 slices of bacon
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1⁄2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 14.5 oz cans chicken broth
  • 5 potatoes, baked, peeled, and diced
  • 1  teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2  cups half & half
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup sour cream

In a Dutch oven, or stock pot, cook bacon until crisp; remove and crumble, reserve drippings. Cook onion in bacon drippings until tender; stir in flour and cook for one minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add chicken broth; cook, stirring constantly until thickened and bubbly. Put in diced potatoes, parsley bacon and half & half cook for 10 minutes. Stir in cheese and sour cream. Garnish with cheese, bacon and sour cream.

Texas Chili

This recipe comes courtesy of a website called Bryan loves it because of all the meat that is packed in this chili. It is very good, but can be a bit spicy, so if that’s not your thing, cut down on the amount of chili powder you put in.

Spice Mix

  • 2-3 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon mexican oregano leaves
  • 1-2 teaspoon black pepper (to taste)
  • 1-2 teaspoon salt (to taste)

Chili Ingredients

  • 2 pounds coarse ground beef
  • 2 1⁄2 pounds stew meat
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can Rotel
  • 4-5 minced garlic cloves
  • 1⁄2-1 cups chopped white onions
  • 1⁄4-1⁄2 cup chopped cilantro
  • Lime juice from 1 lg. lime
  • Thickener (flour, etc.)
  • 20 oz. can of beer

Preparation for this recipe is very simple. Prepare the spice mix and set aside. Brown the ground beef and stew meat, then put all the chili ingredients into a crock- pot in the order they are listed, with the exception of the thickener, adding more or less beer depending on taste. Add in the spice mix and stir until mostly mixed. Put the lid on the crock-pot and cook for 6-8 hours, adding in the thickener (we like Wondra) about an hour before eating. Top with shredded cheese or pair with cornbread to complete the meal.