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Chili's Southwest Chicken Soup

  • Author: Nicole
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


This copycat Chili's Southwest Chicken Soup recipe is so flavorful and delicious. You don't need to be a Chili's fan, or even have tried the soup to fall in love with this one! 


  • 2 Tablespoons cooking oil, I used avocado
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1 medium or medium/large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 large green bell pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 1 can hominy
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 4 oz. can green chiles
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 4 teaspoons lime juice
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro


  1. Dice onion and chop bell pepper.
  2. Heat 1 Tablespoon oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.
  3. Cut chicken into 1 inch cubes.
  4. Cook chicken in the heated oil until fully cooked and internal temperature reaches 165*F.
  5. Remove chicken.
  6. Heat the remaining oil and sauté onions and garlic until onions are soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add the bell pepper and cook 2 more minutes.
  7. Add the cumin and paprika and cook an additional minute.
  8. Rinse and drain the hominy. Then add the hominy, chipotle peppers in adobo, chicken stock, green chiles and diced tomatoes.
  9. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes.
  10. Remove from heat and stir in the lime juice and cilantro.
  11. Serve and garnish with more cilantro, tortilla strips and cheese, if desired.


This soup makes amazing leftovers. The flavors just permeate more and it's absolutely delicious!

  • Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
  • Store in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator during the day before eating it, then heat up in a pot before serving.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: soup
  • Method: cooking
  • Cuisine: Southwest

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