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Hearty Chipotle Chicken Soup Recipe

Hearty Chipotle Chicken Soup Recipe

Sweet corn and cool sour cream help tame the smoky hot flavors of chipotle pepper in this well-balanced soup that's perfect for chilly nights. —Sonali Ruder, New York, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 cups frozen corn
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, seeded and minced
  • 2 teaspoons adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, cumin and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  • 2. Stir in chicken; heat through. Garnish with sour cream; sprinkle with cilantro. Yield: 8 servings (3-1/4 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1-2/3 cups with 1 tablespoon sour cream : 287 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 790mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 7g fiber), 21g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable.

Reviews for Hearty Chipotle Chicken Soup

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kanester User ID: 5357874 242079
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2016

"We loved it! Great flavor for canned ingredients. I even cheated with the chicken on this one. I bought frozen chicken (Tyson) southwest flavor. We did need to tone it down with sour cream also, those peppers are SPIIIIICCYY!"

mrscrazyed1 User ID: 6143812 241435
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2016

"This was incredibly easy to prepare and wonderful to eat. I put the onion, garlic and chipotle peppers along with the sauce into my small food chopper and finely chopped all that good stuff together. I added all that to the oil in the pan along with 1/2 of a seeded jalape?o pepper (only canned tomatoes I buy are petite-diced) for some more spice. Salted all that until the onion was tender, then pretty much followed the rest of the recipe. I did take cherikzalger's suggestion and added some lime juice just before serving. Next time will substitute black beans; neither DH nor I cared for the pinto beans in this dish. Other than that minor flaw, outstanding!"

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 225174
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2015

"We loved this soup. We really needed the sour cream to tame it down a bit, and the fresh cilantro was the best part."

fascinator User ID: 7633968 221617
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2015

"Love this soup."

tt2b123 User ID: 1638440 219328
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015

"I had some leftover chipotles in adobo sauce from another recipe, and decided to try this out. It was perfectly spicy. If I make it again, I will leave out the chicken, I don't think it added anything and the beans and corn make it hearty enough."

aleitel User ID: 4516793 211301
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2014

"This was ok. I know I shouldn't have expected much because of all of the canned ingredients but it just tasted like doctored canned soup."

Nia4sure User ID: 5848448 185382
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"I made this recipe on Sunday, October 12, 2014. Excellent! I doubled the recipe, except the pinto beans, kept the same amount and added 2 cans of black beans. I bought a rotisserie chicken, took the skin off, de-boned and cut up in chunks. We put a dab of sour cream in the first bowl, but we didn't really care for it. Today is Tuesday and we are eating the last of it. It got better each day! Made cornbread to go along with it.. Thanks for sharing!"

KatyH3 User ID: 7354323 186956
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2014

"My husband loved this and I loved that it's reasonably healthy. Perfect amount of spice, and we like hot foods."

partnersincooking User ID: 7714480 169907
Reviewed May. 29, 2014

"This was a tasty soup. I would add a little bit more of the adobo sauce; however, my husband did not think that this was necessary. It is also quite filling. Very good every day recipe."

kzebarth User ID: 3927811 185380
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2014

"My husband and I absolutely love this recipe. It is spicy, but that's just the way we like it. I didn't add quite as much corn, but other than that I made it just as it said. It has become a regular staple on winter nights in our home!"

Lor207 User ID: 978905 188190
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2014

"The family all loved this!"

Maddie World User ID: 6987252 168474
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"Great meal on a cold Sunday. I went by the recipe and made cornbread to accompany this soup. My husband and I enjoyed the spice. If I had company, I would probably only use one chipotle pepper and not two or just add the adobe sauce. Very good flavor and easy to put together. I think this would be great with tortilla chips and cheese. Taste of Home has helped me preparing great meals."

Cherie Hill User ID: 1488797 108436
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2013

"We usually like things spicy, but this soup was waaaay too spicy for us. I doctored it up by adding an extra can of broth, beans, & tomatoes. Doing so made it more edible, but still quite spicy even with the doctoring up. Sorry, I really wanted to like this."

ConnieK User ID: 282614 103872
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2013

"Very tasty and so easy to make. Love the chipotle pepper flavor."

7dogs1cat User ID: 6688461 169904
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2013

"We love it, is sooooo good We give it lot higher than 5 stars"

MY REVIEW User ID: 3102613 102290
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2013

"My family agreed that this is even better than my chicken Tortilla Soup recipe, which we love. Even my 6 & 10 yr olds ate it up. I used 1 can of black beans instead of the pinto beans. I put the cilantro in a separate bowl for those of us who do like it. You could use diced tomatoes with green chilies if you can't find the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce or fire roasted tomatoes, but it would definitely alter that delicious smokey flavor. I agree that the adobo sauce already in the can of peppers is plenty so no need to buy extra."

LaurenDillon User ID: 3582384 186954
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2013

"Darn auto correct, I would add more chipotle pepper."

LaurenDillon User ID: 3582384 145659
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2013

"This was easy to make and delicious! My husband and I both agreed that it wasn't spicy but it was flavorful. When I make it again I will probably add more childlike pepper and Adobe sauce. Served it with corn muffins and cold beer."

Grammy5 User ID: 994532 185278
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2013

"We loved this soup. Will definately make again. Cut back a little on the chipolte but other then that it was great. Great soup and fairly healthy"

AngelaWorthley User ID: 6527538 173462
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2012

"Awesome soup with kick! Was just right for me and my 19-yr old son and a bit too hot for my husband. We left out the cilantro and used leftover Christmas turkey instead of the chicken. Very simple to make and goes well with grilled cheese sandwiches. : )"

momio User ID: 2526647 188185
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2012

"Yummy soup! Easy to make in a hurry. In will definitely make again."

Recipe_Master User ID: 6837696 127681
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2012

"The amazing mixture of vegetables sends an extraordinary taste, with such a flavourful seasoning that lightens taste buds all around!"

sweet_ma User ID: 6768258 173461
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2012

"I made this soup a couple months ago.

It was Soo good. I made it mine though. A lot slicer
And added little more broth. But overall best soup I've ever made. :) Also great soup to help with hangovers ..."

mdbubba1 User ID: 1253738 185276
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2012

"Very good I didn't add the clinantro my Husband dosen't like it would have been better with it. Will make again."

kerrynjames User ID: 5662698 145656
Reviewed Feb. 29, 2012

"Loved it. The recipe was great... we'll definitely make it again! One tip: just get the chipotle chilies in adobo sauce and use the sauce they are canned in rather than buy additional adobo sauce. There is plenty in the can!

Thanks for the recipe."

Theresa.August User ID: 5190936 188183
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2012

"Made this last night and my husband and 19 yr. old brother LOVED it! I couldn't find chipotle peppers or adobo sauce in my grocery store so instead I added a little extra ground pepper and a few shakes of hot sauce I had on hand, and it turned out just delicious. Highly recommended!"

Abern User ID: 4902046 102288
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

"LOVE this! didn't make many adjustments - used one can of tomatoes w/jalapenos and a little less adobo. Great Flavor. Definitely keeping the recipe! Good with rice too."

Angela0614 User ID: 4086288 185379
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"What a hit! This was a perfect meal on a cold evening. Easy to make."

sgiverson User ID: 3079572 116708
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"Oh my gosh!!! So YUM-O!! I made half the recipe. I used 1 can of Costco chicken, and 1 can of sweet corn. When it was done, I put grated sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream. avocado, and Sante Fe Style Tortilla Strips on it. WOW - delish!! I will definitely make this again!! Thanks!!"

CelticMaiden User ID: 5655508 168472
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2011

"I thought this soup was very flavorful and I loved the fresh cilantro in it. I did think it was a little too spicy before serving and added some sugar to counter it, but the sour cream helped cool down the spiciness."

xicota User ID: 944314 188177
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2011

"Delicious! Quite easy to prepare. I added a cup more of the corn, and two cups more of the broth (large family). I'm not much of a chipotle fan, but with the extra ingredients the flavor was great. I did reduce the amount of cumin---just personal preference. I made this soup tonight, and the family loved it. I used rotisserie chicken from the market and this really added to the richness. This is a "keeper" recipe! Thanks!"

Mooster270 User ID: 4319087 169903
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2011

"I really liked the soup and loved the flavors! It was fast and easy to make . I added more chipotle and used parsley instead of cilantro. Will make again! :)"

transou4 User ID: 4832312 127679
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2011

"Once you get past the "spicy" of the chipotle and adobo, this does not have much flavor. I did think the taste was better the next day than the day I made it."

MoMc1963 User ID: 5344750 127678
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"We loved it! Added double the chipotle peppers cause I'm bad at following recipes, but with a little extra sour cream it was the perfect blend of smokey heat and cool. For anyone that loves heat I'd recommend it. Perfect on a cold winter night."

rwfpd414 User ID: 3465406 169902
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"I made this soup for a lunch group that I am a member of and everyone loved it! They all asked for the recipe. My teenage boys loved it also. I did make a few changes. I doubled the chicken broth and added another cup of cubed chicken breast. (it was still VERY thick). It is rather spicy, but not to much. Will be making this again."

sheila54 User ID: 5327277 168470
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2011

"This soup was excellent! I didn't think the chipotle pepper was too just gave the soup a nice smokey heat."

lugeniar User ID: 5549956 103851
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"This is one of the best soups i have ever eaten. Loved it!!! I made it for a group of my coworkers and the next day at work they asked where the leftovers were they wanted more."

jih User ID: 5010373 186953
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2011

"This soup was a big hit with us and our friends. I left a few seeds in as well as adding 1 tsp more Chipotle sauce. Definite keeper."

KarenSere User ID: 3134800 185378
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2011

"What a great soup! Full of flavor, easy to make, a little hot, a little cool and so yummy. This is a keeper in my house! I've sent some to family members & they loved it too!"

TE81 User ID: 5351607 188174
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

"This was very good! I didn't put in the peppers or the adobo sauce, as we don't like things very spicy, and this soup was still very tasty!"

cherikzaiger User ID: 3790430 185375
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"Excellent recipe! One we will be making on a regular basis from now on! We added a little fresh lime juice just before serving and it really added a wonderful flavor! The fresh cilantro and sour cream is a must!"

zdb2010* User ID: 5656030 127677
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"SOUP-ERB!!!! This is easy/tasty/quick to make etc. etc. It also lends itself very well to substitutions of all kinds - I didn't have the V8 juice so used pasta sauce with some water, also subsituted pinto beans for black. Was REALLY excellent. Served with healthy Flax-Seed Tortilla Chips."

maley001 User ID: 84625 185374
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2011

"Absolutely delicious!! Easy recipe to prepare...spicy "hot", however, the garnish of sour cream will cool for the ones who prefer milder favors."

chmcarr User ID: 5742527 185274
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2011

"This soup is fantastic. My family is picky and everyone loved it. The next time I make it I will use half pinto beans and half black beans."

xicota User ID: 944314 108435
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2011

"A flavorful, hearty soup! I will admit to making one change, though, as I'm not much of a chipotle fan: I used about a tablespoon of chopped, canned chipotle peppers, and then used chopped green chiles for the remainder of the portion. I'm heavy-handed with the cilantro, as that is a family favorite. Thanks for sharing, Sonali!"

srbarber734 User ID: 4413093 108434
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2011

"Made this for the first time yesterday. it was great! I added more chicken stock and left the seeds in the pepper. I had it again for lunch today and it was even better. I would make it a day ahead of time next time."

Betty K User ID: 5289785 108433
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

"OH MY WORD... This is so delicious. I didn't change a thing, just perfect. Will be making this again."

islandlife User ID: 5735574 127676
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2011

"This was easy and so good- the only thing I changed was reducing the chipotle to one, still adding the sauce- my husband is just too sensitive to heat- also squeezed some fresh lime in- delicious!"

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 211300
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

"This was so spicy! I think it cured my cold! Definitely needed the sour cream to cool it down!"

hal47 User ID: 1058650 116703
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2010

"Fantastic recipe!!! Hats off to the cook! Well done! This is so good on cold winter nights. Thanks for a great recipe."

lsealey User ID: 3582900 211299
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2009

"This is DELICIOUS. My picky husband devoured it. I only had kidney beans, but any kind would work."

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