Stretch your meat budget with this delicious Mexican chicken soup recipe. There is so much flavor and a little bit of heat for an amazing soup. Add your favorite toppings and you are set!

Stretch your meat budget with this tasty and authentic Mexican chicken soup recipe. There is so much flavor and a little bit of heat for an amazing soup. Learn how to make this easy to make restaurant style tex mex soup on the stove top. #eatingonadime #mexicanchickensoup #mexicanchickensoupcaldodepollo #Recipeshomemade #Mexico #simple #heatlhy

Mexican chicken soup recipe

Mexican chicken soup recipe is a family favorite and it screams comfort food! I love that I can use leftover chicken in this recipe and the veggies give it a ton of flavor.

It is perfect for a cold day but so delicious we enjoy it year round. This recipe is freezer friendly and perfect to feed a crowd.

Keep reading to see why it is one of our all time favorite recipes!

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Ingredients for easy Mexican chicken soup:

  • 2 Boneless Chicken Breasts, Diced
  • 6 cups Chicken Broth
  • ½ Onion, Diced
  • 2 Stalks Celery, Diced
  • 2 Carrots, Peeled and Diced
  • 1 cup Frozen Corn
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Olive
  • 2 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles (14.5 oz.)
  • 1 Jalapeño Pepper, Seeded and Diced
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Ground Coriander
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
  • 1 cup Sour Cream (for Topping)
  • Tortilla Strips (For Topping)
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How to make Mexican chicken soup in 30 minutes:

Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.  Add in the onion, celery and carrots.

Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened and tender (approximately 7-10 minutes).

Push the carrots and onions to one side of the pan and then add in the chicken and seasonings (coriander, cumin, salt and pepper).

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Cook for approximately 4-6 minutes on each side until the chicken is slightly browned. Add in the broth, tomatoes, jalapeño and corn.

Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for approximately 20 minutes.

Then stir in the fresh cilantro. Serve topped with the sour cream and tortilla strips.  Enjoy!

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What to serve on top?

We love to set out a topping bar and everyone can load up their bowl. Yum!

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Time saving tip:

We keep diced onion and bell pepper in the freezer so it is easy to add to any recipe we like. Another time saving tip is to use a small food chopper or food processor to quickly and easily chop the onions.

If you do not have one of these, I highly recommend them. They are such a time saver and you can get the veggies really fine if you have children that are picky.

I usually just chop the entire vegetable and freeze what I don’t need. It’s so nice to be able to just take the diced onion out of the freezer for recipes.

This is how I meal prep. It’s so quick and easy and helps get dinner on the table fast.

Learn and  how to freeze onions and also how to freeze peppers to save so much time in the kitchen!

Stretch your meat budget with this tasty and authentic Mexican chicken soup recipe. There is so much flavor and a little bit of heat for an amazing soup. Learn how to make this easy to make restaurant style tex mex soup on the stove top. #eatingonadime #mexicanchickensoup #mexicanchickensoupcaldodepollo #Recipeshomemade #Mexico #simple #heatlhy
Stretch your meat budget with this tasty and authentic Mexican chicken soup recipe. There is so much flavor and a little bit of heat for an amazing soup. Learn how to make this easy to make restaurant style tex mex soup on the stove top. #eatingonadime #mexicanchickensoup #mexicanchickensoupcaldodepollo #Recipeshomemade #Mexico #simple #heatlhy

Not only is it quick and easy to make but this easy Mexican chicken soup is frugal too.

We love simple recipes like this. I keep recipes like this on the regular menu plan rotation because I know the entire family will enjoy these meals.

In fact, I cut our grocery bill by 50% off by following these 8 Tips for for Saving Money on Groceries by Menu Planning! Save that money for a family vacation or maybe just some wiggle room in the budget.

You can also try making Mexican chicken soup with rotisserie chicken.

I often just use what I have in the freezer or what is on sale at the grocery store. Shredded chicken breasts or thighs would be just as delicious in this soup.

Another idea it to add more tomatoes to stretch the meat. This is a great recipe to add more tomatoes and corn to and it will make your soup go further.

This is how I keep our grocery budget reasonable. By shopping when things are on sale I save money on groceries and it really helps our budget

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Give this hearty Mexican chicken soup a try!

Mexican chicken soup is very easy to make and so frugal. While the chicken is cooking, I like to get the toppings out. It really is so quick and easy.

You can use chicken thighs, chicken breast or even leftover rotisserie chicken. It is so delicious! You can also use taco seasoning if you prefer instead of the individual seasonings.

Just keep it simple and do what is easiest for you. Let us know how this soup turns out for you once you make it!

Print the recipe for Mexican chicken soup below:

Mexican chicken soup

5 from 4 votes
Stretch your meat budget with this tasty Mexican chicken soup recipe. There is so much flavor and a little bit of heat for an amazing soup.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine Mexican
Course Soup
Calories 223
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 2 Boneless Chicken Breasts Diced
  • 6 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 Onion Diced
  • 2 Stalks Celery Diced
  • 2 Carrots Peeled and Diced
  • 1 cup Frozen Corn
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Olive
  • 2 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles 14.5 oz.
  • 1 Jalapeño Pepper Seeded and Diced
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Cilantro Chopped
  • 1 cup Sour Cream for Topping
  • Tortilla Strips For Topping

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.  Add in the onion, celery and carrots. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened and tender (approximately 7-10 minutes).
  • Push the carrots and onions to one side of the pan and then add in the chicken and seasonings (coriander, cumin, salt and pepper).
  • Cook for approximately 4-6 minutes on each side until the chicken is slightly browned.
  • Add in the broth, tomatoes, jalapeño and corn.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for approximately 20 minutes.
  • Then stir in the fresh cilantro.
  • Serve topped with the sour cream and tortilla strips.  Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can easily freeze this recipe to reheat for later. I like to freezer them in individual servings. Just make sure not to freezer tortilla strips in the soup as they will get soggy. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 223kcal, Carbohydrates 14g, Protein 15g, Fat 13g, Saturated Fat 6g, Cholesterol 44mg, Sodium 359mg, Potassium 511mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin A 3710IU, Vitamin C 7mg, Calcium 73mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    my all time favorite soup!!!! I make this recipe almost weekly. It’s so good for lunches!!! Keeps me full all afternoon 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    This soup is so easy to throw together and so dang delicious! It’s soup season and my husband and our kids have been asking for this regularly.