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Lightened-up enchilada soup? Yes, its good

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green chile enchilada soup-hEnchilada soup is one of my most favorite soups of all time.  There is just something about the chicken with the spices and the broth with the cheese that makes my life oh so happy!

So one of my favorite enchilada soups of all time is at the restaurant Chili’s.  It is rich, creamy, cheesy with the perfect amount of spice and I have made that recipe several times, but lately I have been obsessed with green chilies so I decided it was time to change up my favorite soup a bit…and voila here we have the Green Chile Enchilada Soup.  

Serves 12 servings

Green Chile Enchilada Soup

A creamy and rich soup full of chicken, green chile's and tons of flavor making this a perfect cold weather soup (& without a lot of guilt)

15 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups chicken stock
1 cup masa harina
2 cups water
2 cups green enchilada sauce
4 oz chopped green chiles
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp pepper
2 tsp salt
3 cups rotisserie chicken, shredded (no skin)
4 oz reduced fat cream cheese
1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
Optional Toppings:
Shredded cheese
Sour Cream
Tortilla Chips
Fresh Cilantro
Green Onions

Directions

In a large pot or dutch oven heat olive oil over medium heat
Add in chopped onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes
Stir in garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes
Pour in chicken stock
In a large cup whisk together masa and water until smooth
Pour masa mixture into soup and stir until well combined
Add in enchilada sauce, green chilies, chili powder, cumin, pepper, salt & chicken and stir until well combined
Bring mixture to a boil, stirring often, and then reduce to a simmer for 20-30 minutes
About 10 minutes before ready to serve add in cream cheese and monterey jack cheese and stir until cream cheese is melted and soup is smooth
Serve with your favorite toppings
ENJOY!!

Notes

Each serving (about 3/4 cup) is 5 WW smart points:

Nutritional Info Calories 209 Calories from Fat 67 Total Fat 7.4g Saturated Fat 3.4g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 69mg Sodium 1317mg Potassium 92mg Total Carbohydrates 14.2g Dietary Fiber 2.0g Sugars 2.1g Protein 22.4g Vitamin A 31% - Vitamin C 10% - Calcium 13% - Iron 8% Nutrition Grade B-

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Since I was changing it up anyway I decided to lighten it up a bit as well, making it a healthier option for this New Year, but don’t worry it is still super creamy and loaded with tons of amazing flavor.  To start with I softened some onions and garlic and then came my secret ingredient…masa harina.  It is finely ground corn flour that is used a lot in traditional Mexican cooking to help thicken sauces or soups and then when formed to make a dough you can make corn tortillas…I can find it in my bakery aisle at my local grocery store but you can also grab it here on Amazon and have it at your house in no time.   I have found so many uses for this flour and it keeps forever so I always have it on hand.

To make this soup come together even faster I used rotisserie chicken that I had shredded, but you could use roasted chicken breast or thighs…whatever you have on hand.  You can also add in some black beans, corn or fresh cilantro…whatever your family would like.

Whether you are watching what you eat or just looking for a great soup for the winter this is the soup for you and your family.  Make a big batch, invite some friends over and enjoy a nice night in with super yummy soup!

Make everyday sparkle – MJ


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