Chicken Enchilada Soup

Chicken Enchilada Soup

This is a canned food version of one of my favorite low calorie soups. I love that all I have to do to make a pot of chicken enchilada soup is put everything into a pot and bring it to a boil.  It’s hearty, flavorful, and figure friendly as well as simple to prepare.  Who could ask for more from a soup?

The idea for this recipe for chicken enchilada soup is not my own.  Lisa Lillien from Hungry Girl has an amazing recipe for a chicken enchilada soup.  She calls it the whole enchilada chicken soup, and it’s delicious.  Her recipe calls for a can of pumpkin puree and canned chicken broth, so it wasn’t a huge leap to decide to try and modify this recipe to make chicken enchilada soup almost entirely out of canned food.  Since I was doing 30 days of cans, I wondered if it would be possible to replace the cooked chicken, frozen corn, and fresh celery with canned and dehydrated replacements.

Chicken Enchilada Soup I made my swaps, and it worked.  The result was a delicious, and it will be making regular appearances on our menu.  Of course, we also sort of sabotage the calorie count by garnishing our chicken enchilada soup with tortilla chips, shredded cheese, and a dollop of sour cream, but even without the garnish, this soup is a winner.

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Chicken Enchilada Soup
Recipe type: Soup
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Serves: 8
This is a simple, flavorful, and figure friendly meal that's quick to prepare. If you don't have dehydrated celery, substitute fresh celery. Cooks Note: You can substitute 3 cups of water mixed with two bouillon cubes in place of the chicken broth. Total Cost of Recipe = $7.98 or $1.00 per serving.
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans of chicken broth ($1.38)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped dehydrated celery or 1½ cup fresh diced ($0.52)
  • ½ yellow onion, diced ($0.13)
  • 1 (28 ounce) can mild green enchilada sauce ($1.58)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree ($1.29)
  • 1 (12.5 ounce) can chicken breast ($2.58)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained ($0.50)
  • Optional Toppings: crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, and shredded cheese
  1. Put broth, onion, and dehydrated celery into a large pan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes to allow celery to rehydrate.
  2. Add enchilada sauce and pumpkin to pan.
  3. Mix well and bring back to a boil.
  4. Add chicken and corn and mix well.
  5. Bring soup to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Ladle into bowls and serve topped with tortilla chips, shredded cheese, and sour cream.

Chicken Enchilada Soup --Ready in about 30 minutes

Nutrition Grade:  B+

Nutrition information is for soup without any additional toppings.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150
% Daily Value
Total Fat 2.9g
Saturated Fat 0.3g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 24mg
Sodium 1253mg
Total Carbohydrates 17.7g
Dietary Fiber 3.2g
Sugars 4.6g
Protein 14.3g
Vitamin D 0%
Potassium 6%
Calcium 3%
Iron 9%


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