Simply Healthy Family: Chicken and Rice Enchilada Soup


Chicken and Rice Enchilada Soup

When you want enchiladas but not all of the calories that come with it, this Chicken and Rice Enchilada Soup is the perfect solution. It has everything about enchiladas that you love, the slightly spicy roasted flavor from the chilies, the tender shredded chicken the creamy texture and best of all it's in soup form! Comfort food in a bowl.

“I received free samples of Progresso Cooking Stock mentioned in this post at no cost. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Progresso Cooking Stock and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

You may have heard, it's kind of a big deal. Arizona was the snow capitol of the United States this week! That's right, The Valley of the Sun, Snow Capitol U.S.A.! I've always really loved that about Arizona, that you can take a very quick and scenic drive "up north" as we like to say and slowly see the saguaro and tumble weeds transform into pine trees and snow. Beautiful.

O.K. here's a picture. I don't usually post non-food pics but since I know you're all like "What?!!!!! 30 inches of snow in the desert!!!!! Here ya go!

So you see why we needed soup! 
The warmest things we owned were soaking wet within 40 minutes of waist deep snow playing. 

I thought I would be tempted to smother this soup with cheese and or sour cream but in all honesty it just didn't need it. None of my cheese loving family even asked for it and literally licked their bowls clean. I skipped the corn tortillas which are hard to digest and opted instead for healthy, whole grain brown rice which actually added a nice creamy consistency in this soup.

This hearty and satisfying meal is simple to prepare in the slow cooker thanks to good quality chicken broth from Progresso. I was able to throw in boneless chicken breasts which cook much quicker than bone in since Progresso's new premium chicken stock is made using slowly simmered bone in chicken and other quality vegetables and herbs. When making soup it's honestly the stock that's the most important when it comes to home made delicious taste.

I love that I can count on Progresso Chicken Stock to make my soups have a rich, flavor that's full of depth thanks to quality ingredients, not artificial flavors. It's important when feeding my family that both simplicity and quality lead to a satisfying and delicious dinner at the table. 

TIME        4-6 HOURS            SERVES        6 


4 cups (one carton) Progresso Premium Chicken Broth
1, 28 oz can of red enchilada sauce (mild, medium or hot depending on how you like it)
3 fresh boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1, 15 oz  can black beans, drained
1 cup uncooked brown rice
1 small yellow onion, chopped

chopped green onion
sour cream (this is nice to lessen the heat if need be and adds calcium)


Add all ingredients into the bowl of your slow cooker. Put the lid on (no peeking until done!) and cook on setting of your choice depending on when you want it to be done. When done, remove chicken breasts and shred using 2 forks.

That's it!! Enjoy!



  1. Love those pictures!! Our Canadian winter has been so confusing this year but it is nice to see others enjoying the snow :) It is SUPER cold today so this soup would be perfect. I wish you could send some our way :)

  2. I see why you need soup. Those are beautifully snowy pictures. Love that the recipe is easy to follow and they broth does make all the difference. Delicious!

  3. Yes, you do need soup! We don't get a ton of snow but I know I need some of this soup asap!

  4. My GOD..I have never seen so much snow!! But it looks breathtakingly beautiful, Gwen. The soup sounds perfect to keep you warm.

  5. The soup sounds great and that SNOW!!! I live in western Washington and we only managed to get one day of snow that covered the ground by like a half an inch. It's gorgeous there in AZ!

  6. Love the ease of this recipe. Perfect for a cold night.

  7. This soup is 100% perfect for these cold winter days.

  8. What's not to love about this recipe? Um, nothing! What a comforting and delicious dish. Yum!

  9. Mmmmm soup!! This is The coldest weather we've head yet in Florida, so its perfect soup weather! This is going on my meal plan!

  10. Oh wow, that's a ton of snow. It looks like that here lately too. We had a mellow start to winter but we finally got hammered this week with snow. I was wondering how long it would take for winter to kick in. I already wish it would go away. Ha. Life in Canada, you never know what you'll wake up to in the morning.

    This soup is fabulous. There is nothing quite like the earthy flavour of enchilada soup. It's so perfect for cold weather. Or any weather. I'd be having thirds of this one.

  11. It looks like you have more snow than we have gotten all winter in Connecticut! We finally got a dusting tonight but it will probably be gone by tomorrow. Doesn't quite seem like winter. Anyway, I love soups like this! So easy! I'm definitely trying this!

  12. My kids are jealous of your snow! The soup looks perfect for a cold winter day. LOVE the flavors. Yum.

  13. All that snow! This soup is exactly what you needed. This looks so simple and delicious

  14. That soup sounds SO good, especially on a cold winter day. That photo of the snow is beautiful.

  15. I'm always on the lookout for soups that get (quite literally) thrown into the slow cooker and then left. This one looks like a winner - both for ease of cooking and for taste. The healthful qualities of the soup are just a bonus:)


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