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Green chile chicken enchilada soup in white bowl
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Slow Cooker Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Soup – Gluten Free

Green chile chicken enchilada soup is savory, mildly spicy and packed with flavor. It's so easy to make in a slow cooker - and so pretty with all the toppings - that you'll want to mix up a batch for a party or just for the family at home.
Course Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine Mexican-American
Keyword black bean soup, chicken soup, company dinner, easy recipe, enchilada soup, Gluten-free, grain-free option, green chile soup, Mexican cuisine
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Beth


  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 medium red onion chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 8-10 ounces medium green chile salsa or 1 15-ounce can green Enchilada Sauce
  • 2 15- ounce cans black beans or 2 cups dry black beans, cooked, see note
  • 1 14- ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 4 ounces mild diced green chiles optional if you use the salsa rather than sauce
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 small lime juiced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds of chicken breast


  • Using the saute setting, heat the coconut oil in the Instant Pot.
  • Add the onions and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until coated with oil and slightly golden.
  • Stir in the garlic and saute briefly, just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. 
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients except the chicken and stir to combine.
  • Place the chicken breasts gently into the mixture until they are just  covered. 
  • Slow-cook on medium for 5½ hours until chicken is cooked all the way through but still tender. 
  • Remove chicken to a plate.
  • Pull chicken into shreds or chunks with two forks and return it to the soup. Stir and adjust the seasonings.
  • We like to heat the soup for ten minutes or so more to let the seasonings "settle" into the soup and check again.
  • Then serve with your favorite toppings, such as chopped tomatoes, avocados, feta cheese and cilantro. Include chips for crunch. 


How to cook Black Beans. Soak 2 cups of dry black beans overnight, then rinse. Place in the Instant Pot with enough water to cover the beans. Pressure-cook on the bean setting for 27 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally for at least 20 minutes; then you can release the pressure manually the rest of the way. Remove the beans from the Instant Pot before starting the saute step with the onions. As long as you will be using the IP to slow-cook your soup, you don't need to rinse off the bean starch before the next step. The beans will only slightly tenderize more in the slow-cooking of the soup, but won't get mushy.