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This Slow Cooker Green Enchilada Chicken Soup is sure to become a favorite! Bright, creamy, while also dairy-free, what is not to love?

Slow Cooker Green Enchilada Chicken Soup in two bowls. Garnishes scattered around.

Green enchiladas are an absolute favorite in my house; as you can see from the variety of recipes I have on my site and in my books! The brightness and creaminess is something I absolutely love so wanted to reimagine the flavors in this simple Slow Cooker Green Enchilada Chicken Soup.

And I already know what you are thinking, “Simple?! With this many ingredients?!” But y’all, so many are pantry staples and convenient condiments. Between the green enchilada sauce, cans of green chiles, and a few other items, flavor will be infused so easily as everything cooks away in the slow cooker or Instant Pot. You’ll have dinner ready in no time!

Slow Cooker Green Enchilada Chicken Soup in two bowls. Garnishes scattered around.

more Enchilada Recipes:

Sour Cream and Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Enchiladas Verdes

Salsa Verde Chicken Enchilada Bake

Slow Cooker Green Enchilada Chicken Soup Ingredients:

  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Yellow Onion
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Jalapeno
  • Garlic
  • Diced Green Chiles
  • Green Enchilada Sauce
  • Chicken Broth
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Chili Powder
  • Ground Cumin
  • Dried Oregano
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Bay Leaf
  • Pinto or Cannellini Beans 
  • Dairy-Free Cream Cheese
  • Fresh Lime juice
  • Plus, Optional Toppings!
Slow Cooker Green Enchilada Chicken Soup in two bowls. Garnishes scattered around.

Slow Cooker Green Enchilada Chicken Soup Step-by-Step: slow cooker method

Step One: Add Ingredients to Slow Cooker

In a slow cooker, place the chicken, onion, bell pepper, poblano, jalapeno, garlic, green chiles, enchilada sauce, broth, salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cilantro. Stir until well combined. Drop in the bay leaf, cover, and cook on high for 4 to 6 hours, or preferably on low for 8 to 10 hours.

Raw chicken, broth, and other ingredients in slow cooker.

Step two: shred chicken and add the final ingredients

When the cooking time is complete and the chicken is tender, transfer the chicken to a cutting board and shred it with two forks. Transfer the chicken back to the soup. Add the drained beans and the cream cheese and stir until well combined and the cream cheese is incorporated into the soup. Cover and let cook on low until the beans are tender about 10 minutes.

Slow Cooker Green Enchilada Chicken Soup in a slow cooker.

Step three: add lime juice, serve, and enjoy!

Before serving, stir in the lime juice. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish as desired!

Slow Cooker Green Enchilada Chicken Soup in two bowls. Garnishes scattered around.

Recipe FAQs:

Do I need to use dairy-free cream cheese?

If you can tolerate dairy, you can use regular cream cheese instead! But the Kite Hill brand dairy-free cream cheese is a wonderful option.

How should I serve this?

I love laying out lots of topping options for everyone to garnish their soups exactly how they want to! I’d recommend Shredded Monterey jack cheese, cilantro leaves, white corn tortilla chips, and lime wedges.

I hope y’all enjoy this Slow Cooker Green Enchilada Chicken Soup! Comment below once you try it!

For More Soup Recipes:

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Black Bean Soup

Creamy Tortilla-Less Soup

Slow Cooker Green Enchilada Chicken Soup in two bowls. Garnishes scattered around.
5 from 23 votes

Slow Cooker Green Enchilada Chicken Soup

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Instant Pot Time: 35 Minutes
Total: 8 hours
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup small-diced yellow onion or ½ large onion
  • 1 cup small-diced green bell pepper or 1 small bell pepper
  • ½ cup small-diced poblano pepper or 1 small poblano
  • ¼ cup seeded and finely diced jalapeno or 1 jalapeno, optional
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 [4-oz] cans diced green chiles
  • One [15-ounce} jar green enchilada sauce I use Siete Foods
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 [15-oz] cans pinto or cannellini beans drained and rinsed
  • 8 ounces dairy-free cream cheese I use Kite Hill Dairy Free cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

Optional, for serving:

  • Shredded Monterey jack cheese (omit for dairy-free)
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • Sliced radishes
  • White corn tortilla chips
  • Lime wedges

Instructions 

SLOW COOKER METHOD:

  • In a slow cooker, place the chicken, onion, bell pepper, poblano, jalapeno, garlic, green chiles, enchilada sauce, broth, salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cilantro. Stir until well combined. Drop in the bay leaf (does it do anything? I don’t know? haha), cover and cook on high for 4 to 6 hours, or preferably on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  • When the cook time is complete and the chicken is tender, transfer the chicken to a cutting board and shred with two forks. Transfer the chicken back to the soup and add the drained beans and the cream cheese and stir until well combined and the cream cheese is incorporated into the soup. Cover and let cook on low until the beans are tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Before serving, stir in the lime juice. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish as desired.

INSTANT POT METHOD:

  • In an Instant Pot, place the chicken, onion, bell pepper, poblano, jalapeno, garlic, green chiles, enchilada sauce, broth, salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cilantro. Stir until well combined. Drop in the bay leaf and lock in the lid. Make sure the valve is sealed. Cook on Manual High Pressure for 20 minutes, and walk away and let the InstantPot do its thing.
  • When the cook time is complete, release the pressure manually by turning the valve. Once the pressure is released, carefully open the InstantPot. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and shred with two forks. Transfer the chicken back to the soup and add the drained beans and the cream cheese and stir until well combined and the cream cheese is incorporated into the soup. Cover and keep on ‘warm’ until the beans are tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Before serving, stir in the lime juice. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish as desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 306kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 69mg, Sodium: 1207mg, Potassium: 537mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 222IU, Vitamin C: 29mg, Calcium: 51mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Servings: 8
Calories: 306

Photography by Eat Love Eats.



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  1. 5 stars
    Made this last night with the Instant Pot method and it was so, so GOOD! I just used one can of diced chiles and no poblano so that it wasn’t too spicy for my kiddos, and it still had a good kick with the jalapeño. Also, I used an orange bell pepper just because my family isn’t big fans of green peppers, but the green would definitely have looked better – haha!
    Such a great recipe for a busy weeknight. Thank you, Alex!!
    PS – I used regular cream cheese 🙂

    1. Absolutely!! I think the chicken would need to simmer for about 30 minutes or so before being cooked/shredded or chopped. I would also saute up the veggies first.

  2. 5 stars
    Love this! The spice, the flavors, that it’s made in a crockpot! Wondering if it freezes ok? Didn’t see that noted in the blog or recipe. Would assume so but I did use regular cream cheese and not sure if that matters… Big fan, definitely making many more times!

    1. soups with dairy may turn grainy or become separated in the freezer. It’ll still taste good but just might not have the silky texture you want. I recommend if you can prepare it up until the point when the dairy is added, then freeze and add the dairy after reheating the soup!

  3. Can you give us the nutritional information on this recipe please? I would love the breakdown of calories, protein, etc.

  4. 5 stars
    Loved this and thought it was even better reheated for lunch the next day (used the IP method). Can’t wait to make it again!

  5. 5 stars
    Soup was delicious! Will definitely be making again, but are you able to add the nutritional information? Thanks!