Creamy Queso Chicken Soup

Treat the family to this Mexican Chicken Soup recipe! Simple to prepare and delicious with chicken, vegetables and cheesy creamy soup!

Mexican Chicken Soup

This Creamy Queso Chicken Soup is full of zesty, cheesy flavor, packed with hearty potatoes and black beans. A quick and easy soup recipe that’s great for weeknight meals!

I have to admit, even though this queso chicken soup is a “semi-homemade” creation, it is warm, comforting and stick-to-your-ribs good. Just enough spices and fresh chopped veggies to make you forget that there’s canned soup in the recipe. When you are looking for a speedy weeknight meal, this easy homemade soup will do just the trick, enjoy!

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mexican chicken soup ingredients

What You’ll Need

  • extra virgin olive oil– You’ll use the olive oil to saute the vegetables.
  • onion– I prefer white onion, finely chopped.
  • celery– Finely chop the celery too.
  • carrots– Peel carrots and finely chop them the same size as onion and carrots.
  • fresh garlic– Use minced garlic that is sold in the jar near the produce section of the grocery store or mince your own fresh garlic.
  • cooked chicken breast– Cook your own chicken or use a rotisserie chicken.
  • ground cumin– Ground cumin adds a nice slight smoky flavor and spice to the soup.
  • kosher salt– Kosher salt is a coarse salt commonly used in cooking and baking.
  • freshly cracked black pepper– For best tasting results use freshly cracked black pepper.
  • Lawry’s Garlic Salt– Look for Lawry’s brand garlic salt. It’s a good blend.
  • chicken broth– I like to use reduced sodium chicken broth.
  • cheddar cheese soup– Look for the Campbells brand cheddar cheese soup.
  • cream of chicken soup– I use Campbells cream of chicken soup as well.
  • black beans– Drain and rinse black beans before adding to soup.
  • diced tomatoes– Mild rotel diced tomatoes work great here.
  • frozen cubed potatoes– Check the freezer section of your grocery store for frozen cubed potatoes.
  • fresh cilantro– Fresh cilantro adds color and freshness to the soup.
  • tortilla chips– Serve each bowl of soup with tortilla chips either on the side or crumbled on top.
sauteeing soup vegetables in pot

How To Make Mexican Style Chicken Soup

  1. Heat oil in a 5 qt Dutch oven or large pot over medium heat.
  2. Saute onion, celery and carrots until softened, about 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Stir in garlic and chicken. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Add cumin, salt, pepper, garlic salt, chicken broth, 1 can cheese soup and cream of chicken soup, beans, tomatoes and potatoes. Cook over medium heat until potatoes are fork tender. 
  4. Reduce heat to low and stir in cilantro leaves and additional cheese soup to thicken. Simmer on low until ready to serve.
  5. Garnish with chips and cilantro leaves if desired.
mexican chicken soup cooking in pot

Simmer soup in pot until ready to serve!

mexican chicken soup in serving bowls

How To Serve

Serve soup for any occasion where soup is needed. Top soup with tortilla chips, corn chips, shredded cheese and cilantro if desired.

How To Store Leftovers

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat as needed.

mexican chicken soup in serving bowls

Creamy Queso Chicken Soup

Creamy, cheesy Queso Chicken Soup is full of zesty flavors, packed with hearty potatoes and black beans. A quick and easy soup recipe!
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 303kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $25
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Equipment

  • Dutch Oven or large pot
  • mixing spoon
  • cutting board
  • chef knife
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • mixing spoon

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 2 large carrots peeled and diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 cups chicken breast cooked, shredded
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Lawry’s garlic salt
  • 3 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cans cheddar cheese soup 10 oz each
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup 10 oz
  • 15 oz black beans drained
  • 10 oz Rotel Tomatoes (mild)
  • 2 cups baking potatoes diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves chopped, plus extra for garnish
  • fritos or tortilla chips for garnish

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a 5 qt Dutch oven or large pot over medium heat.
  • Saute onion, celery and carrots until softened, about 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in garlic and chicken. Cook and stir for 1 minute.
  • Add cumin, salt, pepper, garlic salt, chicken broth, 1 can cheese soup and cream of chicken soup, beans, tomatoes and potatoes. Cook over medium heat until potatoes are fork tender.
  • Reduce heat to low and stir in cilantro leaves and additional cheese soup to thicken. Simmer on low until ready to serve.
  • Garnish with chips and cilantro leaves if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 1321mg | Potassium: 1132mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3067IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 3mg
Keywords: easy soup, easy weeknight dinners, homemade chicken soup, mexican chicken soup
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40 Responses
  1. Kent

    Chicken Soup is one of my favorite dishes of all time. it is very tasty and the ingredients are very available. sometimes i put a dash of chili over my chicken soup because i like it spicy hot.

  2. zekesmom10

    This was incredible! I didn’t have the cheddar soup, so I used cream of potato and added a bunch of shredded mexican blend cheeses. Thank you so much! This one is a keeper.

  3. Hillary

    Thanks for getting back to me so quickly on the adobo sauce …I will look for that brand…But let me know when you find one you like here in Cali. I am trying your Hearty queso chicken soup tonight for sunday dinner. Can’t wait.

  4. Hillary

    Thanks for getting back to me so quickly on the adobo sauce …I will look for that brand…But let me know when you find one you like here in Cali. I am trying your Hearty queso chicken soup tonight for sunday dinner. Can’t wait.

  5. Gina Lee

    I’ve been really lazy with my cooking. By lazy, I mean my son knows what he wants at each drive through…
    I’m happy to be back and have to thank you for your awesome recipes. This one is on my list to make for sure!!!

  6. Clumbsy Cookie

    All I need now is a hearty warm soup! Putting the laptop in the microwave and licking the screen will not do it, will it?

  7. Emily

    Your beach bums are darling!

    I have to say that I have nothing against canned soup! It has saved dinner for me many a night and this soup looks so wonderful, canned soup and all! I love your creations! Keep cooking and enjoy sunny Cali!

  8. Live.Love.Eat

    This looks delicious Jenny. And whenever you put Fritos on the top my mouth waters. I grew up loving those curly little babies and I don’t ever keep them in the house because I can’t eat just one. Or ten. Cute boys, glad to see you’re enjoying your time out there.

  9. Mary Ann

    Jenny, I love this soup! It looks great and black beans make everything taste better to me. Your beach bum are adorable. I would be one too, if I lived that close.

  10. We Are Not Martha

    Oh gosh, this is making me feel soooo hungry. Honestly, I’m pretty jealous you get to run around the beach…it’s 3 degrees here in Boston. BUT I think you just warmed my day up with this soup 🙂

    Sues

  11. Allie

    Soup looks fantastic! I’m sure the boys will have girlfriends all over the beach by summer! You’ll have your hands full.

  12. Patsyk

    Love the picture of your beach bums! So cute!

    Your soup sounds perfect with our below freezing weather here! I love that it’s quick and simple enough for a weeknight meal.

  13. Mom2three

    The soup looks delicious! I’m wishing I was in warmer weather like your beach bums! Love trying out a new soup in the cold weather.

  14. Dawn

    A great way to use up veggies and get your family to eat them.
    I would be a beach bum too! We have 23 degree weather right now! I need to be a beach bum!

  15. ConversationsWithACupcake

    I’d be a beach bum, too, if I lived in Newport. I love that place. Love it with all my heart.
    And, my sis said you’ve been enjoying AMAZING weather! ‘m so jealous!

    The soup looks amazing…as always!

  16. Mar

    Delicious soup, I don´t know that soup, I´m from Spain and the food here is diferent
    I hope you come to visit my blog and if you don´t know spanish traslate it
    One kiss for you

  17. RecipeGirl

    Soup looks quite yummy.

    Yes, don’t feed the birds… ever! You’ll make people around you quite upset w/ your rooky move 🙂

    They actually will take food right from your hands so be careful. And if you go in the water, make sure all of the food is safely tucked away!! They’re brave little buggers.

  18. Priscilla

    Mm, soup looks really good Jenny. Could you please tell me what software you use to edit your pictures, like you did to your little beach bums?

  19. Katherine Aucoin

    That soup looks like just the ticket for the cold days we’ve been having…so hardy and savory.

    Your “beach bums” are adorable!

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