Chicken Fajita Soup

CHICKEN FAJITA SOUP ALL MADE IN ONE POT!

This Chicken Fajita Soup is packed with your favorite fajita flavors and ingredients and is SO easy, delicious and comforting!  It’s loaded with juicy chicken, bell peppers, rice, black beans, tomatoes, green chilies, pepper Jack Cheese and topped with tortilla chips, avocados, sour cream, etc.   This Chicken Fajita Soup also makes fabulous leftovers for lunches/dinner throughout the week! Make room for a new favorite way to devour fajitas with this Chicken Fajita Soup!

If you love everything fajitas, you love my readers favorite chicken fajitas, crockpot chicken fajitas, chicken fajita pasta, pork fajitas, shrimp fajitas, sheet pan salmon fajitas and fajita seasoning!

Chicken Fajita Soup Recipe Video

a big pot of chicken fajita soup with cheese

Easy Chicken Fajita Soup Recipe

One pot + Soup + Mexican food = L.O.V.E.

There are SO many reasons to love this Chicken Fajita Soup, but I will limit them to four letters:

  • L is for the fiestalicious LAYERS of fajita seasonings from the cumin, chili powder,  garlic, and smoked paprika swimming in the creamy enchilada sauce-like broth that will have your palate begging for more after each slurpful.
  • O is for the OVERABUNDANCE of texture and flavor all whipped up entirely in ONE pot!   And just when you didn’t think Chicken Fajita Soup could get any better, you pile on all the topping!
  • V is for VELVETY, cheesy soup smothered with pepper jack cheese all on your table in 30 Minutes! Maybe V should also stand for VICTORY!
  • E is for EAT!  Everyone will LOVE this Chicken Fajita Soup and be begging for you to make it again and again!

I am so excited for your whole family to fall in love with this Chicken Fajita Soup.  It tastes just like chicken fajitas with a enchilada like broth and is completely comforting, texture packed and flavorlicious!

top view of creamy chicken fajita soup in a white pot

What Chicken is Best?

You have a couple options when it comes to which chicken to use for this Chicken Fajita Soup:

  • Chicken Thighs:  I like to use chicken thighs because they are inherently juicier, richer tasting and far more tender than chicken breasts.  They are also harder to overcook and stay tender for days with a more palate pleasing texture, even when reheated for leftovers.
  • Chicken Breasts: You can also use chicken breasts but make sure not to overcook or they won’t be as juicy and tender.
  • Rotisserie Chicken: You can also use shredded rotisserie chicken but you will lose the thinly sliced chicken fajita feel.  Still, rotisserie chicken is super convenient and then you don’t have to chop any raw chicken!  If you use rotisserie chicken, you will want to add it at the end of cooking, just so it can warm through.

Chicken Fajita Soup Ingredients

  • chicken:  as previously discussed, you can use chicken thighs or breasts.  Take care you slice the chicken the same thickness so it cooks evenly.  
  • onion: you may substitute fresh onion with 1 teaspoon onion powder. 
  • garlic: you can substitute fresh garlic with 1 teaspoons garlic powder.
  • bell peppers:  I like a combination of red orange and yellow for more dynamic flavor but you can use any mix of your favs or what you have on hand.
  • flour:  you can use gluten free flour for gluten free Chicken Fajita Soup.
  • chicken broth:  make sure you use low sodium chicken broth so you have some wiggle room with the salt.
  • cornstarch:  helps thicken the soup without having to add extra butter for a thicker roux.
  • seasonings: we make our own fajita seasonings with chili powder, ground cumin, smoked paprika, dried oregano, salt and pepper.  If you like spicy soup, you can add some cayenne pepper too.
  • black beans:  rinse and drain your black beans first. You can may substitute black beans with pinto beans, kidney beans, or cannellini beans.
  • crushed tomatoes:  make sure you use crushed tomatoes without any added seasonings.
  • diced green chilies: use only canned MILD diced green chiles or else your soup will be too hot.
  • rice: use long-grained white rice otherwise the rice will take too long to cook which means your chicken and peppers will be overcooked.
  • pepper Jack cheese: use freshly grated cheese so it melts seamlessly. 
top view of chicken fajita soup garnished with tomatoes, sour cream and avocados

How to Make Chicken Fajita Soup

This Mexican chicken and rice soup is so simple to make! Here are the basic steps:

  • Melt butter the butter and olive oil over medium high heat in a large Dutch oven/soup pot.
  • Add chicken and onions and sauté.
  • Add bell peppers, garlic, flour and all seasonings/spices. Cook for 2 minutes.
process shot showing how to make fajita soup by adding ingredients in a large Dutch oven
  • Stir in rice, black beans, green chilies, crushed tomatoes and 3 cans chicken broth. Mix cornstarch with last can chicken broth and add to soup.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until rice is cooked.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Add additional chicken broth/water to thin soup if desired.
process shot showing how to make chicken fajita soup by adding shredded cheese into Mexican chicken and rice soup.
  • Taste and adjust to to taste by adding salt, pepper, cayenne pepper.
process shot of a ladle scooping up chicken fajita soup

Tips for Making Fajita Soup

  • Make it less thick. I love my soup thick BUT the consistency of this Chicken Fajita Soup is totally up to you!.  For a thinner soup, simply add additional chicken broth.
  • Cheese.  Use freshly shredded cheeses as opposed to pre-packaged cheeses so the cheese will melt seamlessly.  Packaged cheeses are treated with anti-clumping chemicals which prevents the cheese from melting as well.
  • Season to taste.  Spice it up with hot sauce or cayenne pepper, add lime juice for tanginess, add salt to enhance the flavors.

Recipe Variations to Try

  • Use rotisserie chicken. To make this recipe even easier, skip sautéing the chicken and sub in shredded rotisserie chicken instead. Add the chicken after the pepper jack cheese and warm through.
  • Use different proteins. Although this is chicken fajita soup, it would also be tasty with ground turkey or ground beef.
  • Make it vegetarian. Want a veggie fajita soup? Omit the chicken and add an extra can of beans.
  • Make it spicy. Stir in hot sauce or cayenne pepper to amp up the heat.
  • Make it cheesy. This Chicken Fajita Soup recipe only calls for one cup of cheese which adds flavor but doesn’t make it overly cheesy. Feel free to add as much cheese as your belly desires.
  • Make it low carb. You can omit the rice and decrease the broth or add extra beans, or cauliflower. To add cauliflower, add about 2 ½ cups bite size cauliflower last 5 minutes of cooking. 
  • Add other veggies. You can keep the bell peppers and add other vegetables such as corn or swap 1-2 bell peppers for 2 cups corn.
  • Swap the cheese. We love the flavor of pepper Jack cheese but you may also use Monterrey Jack or sharp cheddar – or a combination of the two. Keep in mind using a different cheese will altar the flavor profile of the soup. You may also need to add some cayenne pepper to replace some of the kick missing from not using pepper Jack cheese.
showing how to garnish chicken fajita soup by topping a bowl of  soup with tomatoes, avocados, cilantro and sour cream

Can I make it creamy?

Yes! You can transform this Chicken Fajita Soup into creamy, cheesy, soup by following the same technique I use in my Taco Soup recipe. Simply soften 4 oz. cream cheese then stir it into the soup at the very end of cooking until completely melted.

Can I Prep Chicken Fajita Soup in Advance?

This creamy Mexican chicken and rice soup recipe is very simple but it does require some prep work. You can save time by:

  • Trim chicken.  Trim off excess fat from chicken then store chicken in an airtight container or freezer bag in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. 
  • Pep aromatics.  Dice onion and mince garlic then store in an separate airtight containers in the refrigerator.  
  • Slice veggies. Slice the bell peppers and store in an airtight container.
  • Measure Spices. It doesn’t take long to measure out the spices, but you can certainly do it beforehand and store the mix in an airtight bag or container. 
  • Shred cheese. Prep cheese and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

How to Store Fajita Soup

Chicken Fajita Soup tastes even better the next day!  It will last in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an airtight container. 

How to Reheat Chicken Fajita Soup

You can reheat Mexican chicken and rice soup on the stove, in the microwave or crockpot. In each method, you may need to add additional chicken broth or water to thin to desired consistency as it twill thicken in the refrigerator.

  • Stove:  reheat large batches on the stove over medium low heat, stirring occasionally – about 10 minutes.
  • Microwave:  transfer individual servings to a microwave-safe dish, cover with a microwave-safe lids or paper towel.  Microwave for 2 minutes, stir, then continue to microwave for 30-second intervals, if needed.
  • Crockpot:  transfer soup to a crockpot and heat on low for 1-3 hours.  The time will depend on how much soup you have remaining.
top view of a bowl of chicken fajita soup garnished with tomatoes, avocados, cilantro and sour cream

Can I Freeze Chicken Fajita Soup?

I would not recommend freezing Chicken Fajita Soup because both the rice and the bell peppers do not freeze well.  Rice turns mushy after freezing and reheating.  Bell peppers can be frozen when they are only blanched, or flash-boiled for a few minutes so that the crunch remains, but when they are cooked in a soup like this, they will become mushy upon reheating.

So, the best option is to consume your Chicken Fajita Soup within a few days or share it with your neighbors, they will LOVE you for it!  Maybe almost as much as I love this soup.

WHAT GOES WITH Fajita SOUP?

Topping your Chicken Fajita Soup with your favorite garnishes is half of the fun and the most important part for added texture and flavor.  You can create a toppings bar and let everyone pile on their favorites of:

  • Sour cream:  a must in my book!  It adds a wonderful creaminess but most importantly, cuts through the richness of the soup. You can also use fat free sour cream or Greek yogurt.  
  • Tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips: you can’t beat the CRUNCH of salty, chips or strips!   You can use store bought or homemade tortilla strips (recipe below) or crushed tortilla chips.
  • Cilantro:  chopped cilantro adds a fresh, zesty flair. 
  • Lime juice:  you may want to lime up your own bowl as it awakens the flavors of the entire soup.  You may use bottled juice or fresh lime juice. 
  • Avocado:  chopped or sliced avocados add a wonderful creaminess. 
  • Tomatoes: quartered cherry tomatoes or seeded, chopped Roma tomatoes or skip the plain tomatoes and use pico de gallo.
  • Pico de gallo:  a spoonful of pico de gallo adds a depth of freshness I love.
  • Hot sauce: pass around the hot sauce so individuals can customize the heat.
  • Sliced jalapeños: a fabulous topping for those who want to add some heat.

Now grab a bowl of southwest comfort food and fall in love with Chicken Fajita Soup! If you love fajita everything, you will also love my Salsa Verde Honey Lime Pork FajitasSkillet Chicken FajitasSheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas, Grilled Steak FajitasOne Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta and  Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas, Sheet Pan Fajita  Salmon with Cilantro Lime Butter, and  Fajita Chicken Wraps with Creamy Avocado Dip!

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ONE POT Pepper Jack Chicken Fajita and Rice Soup is packed with your favorite fajita flavors and is SO easy, delicious and comforting! The whole family will love this!

Chicken Fajita and Rice Soup

This Chicken Fajita Soup is packed with your favorite fajita flavors and ingredients and is SO easy, delicious and comforting! It’s loaded with juicy chicken, bell peppers, rice, black beans, tomatoes, green chilies, pepper Jack Cheese and topped with tortilla chips, avocados, sour cream, etc. Make room for a new favorite way to devour fajitas with this Chicken Fajita Soup!
Servings: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pound chicken thighs thinly sliced into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced then halved
  • 1 orange bell pepper thinly sliced then halved
  • 1 yellow bell pepper thinly sliced then halved
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon powder
  • 1 tsp EACH salt, chili pwdr, ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp EACH smoked paprika, pepper, dried oregano
  • 3/4 cup long-grain white rice, uncooked (I recommend basmati)
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 4 oz. can mild diced green chilies
  • 1 14 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 4 14.5 oz. cans low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup freshly grated Pepper Jack cheese or more to taste

Garnish

  • Tortilla chips/strips
  • fresh cilantro
  • sour cream
  • Avocados
  • Tomatoes
  • lime juice
  • Hot sauce to taste

Instructions

  • Melt butter in olive oil over medium high heat in a large Dutch oven/soup pot. Add chicken and onions and sauté for 3 minutes.
  • Add bell peppers, garlic, flour and all seasonings/spices. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in rice, black beans, green chilies, crushed tomatoes and 3 cans chicken broth. Mix cornstarch with last can chicken broth and add to soup. Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer on medium low, stirring occasionally, for 8-12 minutes or until rice is cooked.*Note: Cooking time may vary depending on how long it takes to bring your soup to a boil so I suggest checking the rice occasionally until done.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Add additional chicken broth/water to thin soup if desired. Garnish individual servings with desired toppings.

Video

Notes

*Don’t miss the How To Make Chicken Fajita Soup  Video in the post!
*This is a hearty soup with a thicker enchilada sauce like broth. If you prefer a thinner broth then you can leave out the flour and cornstarch. **The Pepper Jack Cheese can be left out of the soup if preferred and used as a garnish instead.

How to Store  and Reheat

  • Storage:  Chicken Fajita Soup tastes even better the next day!  It will last in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an airtight container. 
  • Stove:  Reheat large batches on the stove over medium low heat, stirring occasionally – about 10 minutes.
  • Microwave:  Transfer individual servings to a microwave-safe dish, cover with a microwave-safe lids or paper towel.  Microwave for 2 minutes, stir, then continue to microwave for 30-second intervals, if needed.
  • Crockpot:  Transfer soup to a crockpot and heat on low for 1-3 hours.  The time will depend on how much soup you have remaining.

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81 Comments

  1. Antoinette says

    I’m new to your site and just started printing, pinning and actually making your recipes. This was my first and it did NOT disappoint! My husband would not stop commenting “You’ve outdone yourself, babe. You’ve outdone yourself.” Lol. Thank you soooo much! I can’t wait to try out so many more!

    • Jen says

      Welcome to my site! I am so happy you are finding many recipes to try and thrilled your first was such a winner! Your husband’s response is so cute! hopefully he’ll feel the same about others you make from here as well 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to comment, I look forward to hearing what you try next!

    • Jenn says

      This is SO good! I did 2 lbs of chicken and was generous with the spices/broth…it was amazing! I didn’t even add the cheese because it was so thick and flavorful as it. Thanks!

      • Jen says

        You’re so welcome Jenn, I’m so happy you loved it!

  2. Christy says

    We just made this this week and it was FANTASTIC!! Will definitely be making it again!

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much Christy, I’m thrilled you loved it!

  3. Danyka says

    Hey! Im making the soup at this moment and I’m thrown off by the flour and corn starch. Do I use both??

  4. Danielle says

    Found this recipe on Pinterest. Needed a quick meal for our busiest night of the week. This recipe did not disappoint!!! Super simple. Quick and full of Flavaaa! Everyone loved it. So so GOOD Can not wait to go through more of your recipes. I’ve shared on FB, Insta and Twitter Thank you for a new soup recipe to add to our rotation. Now back for seconds!

    • Jen says

      What an awesome comment Danielle, thank you so much! I am so happy you stumbled upon my site through Pinterest and loved this recipe! I hope you have fun exploring and cooking and hopefully finding many new favorites!

  5. Melissa says

    I have made many of your recipes and love them all! This one in particular is one of our family favorites!

    • Jen says

      I love hearing you are enjoying my recipes, thank you Melissa! I am thrilled you love this one so much – you have great taste :)!

  6. Jessica says

    Does anyone have experience making this in an Instant Pot? Just wondering what function and time I would need to do. I just got an Instant Pot and am eager to try everything in it, ha ha. Thanks!

  7. Salina says

    Thank you for posting. This soup looks amazing. Can’t wait to make it.

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome! I hope you love it as much as us!

  8. Natalie says

    I’ve made your lasagna soup and white chicken lasagna soup countless times and this one is just as delicious! I can’t wait to try all of your soup recipes. Thanks for the cooking inspiration for an American living abroad 🙂

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome Natalie! I’m so happy you’ve found my website and are enjoying my soups! I love soups so much, I am excited for you to try them all too!

  9. Courtney says

    This is my go-to recipe for crowds and when I need to impress someone…it is SO delicious!! I have to make some tweaks for food allergies and was just wondering if you have any suggestions on how to replace the chicken bouillon. I don’t want to use more broth but also don’t want to lose the flavor. Any ideas?

    • Jen says

      Hi Courtney, I’m thrilled this is your go-to soup to impress! I would swap the bouillon with 2 teaspoons soy sauce, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder and 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley. It won’t be exactly the same but still flavorful 🙂

  10. Susan says

    Hi Jen! I made the one pot chicken fajita soup for our family Christmas & WOW, was it a huge hit! Lol, my hubby who is very “eye appeal” driven, didn’t try it, but after everyone’s oohs & ahha, he was an instant convert!! I actually doubled it & it turned out beautiful! Served with all the trimmings: guac, sour cream, salsa, chips. Easy, different, & awesome Christmas meal for a crowd!
    Thank you! A very blessed New Year to you!!

    • Jen says

      What a fun idea for Christmas! I’m so pleased (and relieved) it was a hit with the entire family – including the husband – eventually :)! Wishing you a very blessed 2019 as well!

  11. Debra says

    This soup is excellent. I love the thickness and flavor! So good.

  12. Marcie says

    Could you make this in a slow cooker and also would you be able to freeze any leftovers?

    • Jen says

      Hi Marcie, I’m sure you could make it in the slow cooker. As far as freezing, white rice tends to get mushy so I would use wild rice or brown rice. If that is the case, you will want to cook thee rice separately (unless using the crockpot) as both types take longer to cook.

  13. Melissa says

    This is one of my family’s favorite recipes! I like to make your crockpot mexican chicken and use the leftovers to make this the next day.

    • Jen says

      I love hearing this Chicken Fajita Soup is one of your family’s favorite recipes! What a brilliant idea to use the leftover Crockpot Mexican Chicken – I’m sure that takes it over the top!

  14. Elizabeth says

    Made this for the first time today while watching football. My sister and my 14 year-old niece stopped by right as I finished making it and they tried some. This was a big hit! My sister asked for the recipe and my niece asked for a bowl of soup to go. I made it without the flour and cornstarch and it was wonderful. Will be on rotation in our house for sure!

    • Jen says

      Sorry for the delay Elizabeth as I’ve been in Italy for weeks and playing catch up, but thank you so much for taking the time to comment! I’m honored/thrilled this Chicken Fajita Soup was such a hit -and sounds like perfect timing on your part! A bowl to go is the ultimate compliment!

  15. daisy parker says

    waoww so looks yummy recipes 🙂

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much! I hope you can try the soon!

  16. Irina says

    Hi there, thank you for the recipe, it looks very delicious would you mind me asking the brand for the white pot you’re using or where to buy one?

    Thank dear, so much 🙂

    • Jen says

      Hi Irina, I actually got super lucky and found the pot (this one is Cuisinart) at TJ Max. I know Le Creuset has similar pots as well but more $$.

  17. Tamara says

    Jen, you haven’t let me down yet! I used hot chili peppers instead of mild, and a salsa style fire roasted tomatoes, but those were the only differences. The flavor of this dish is insane. Thank you for sharing these pieces of happiness with us!

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much Tamara for your kind comment and for making my recipes! I’m honored this Chicken Fajitas Soup was another winner!

  18. Heather says

    I made this last night and my husband and I really liked it. It was tasty! Thanks for all of your great recipes!!

    • Jen says

      You’re so welcome Heather! I’m so happy you’re enjoying them!

  19. Masooma Z says

    Made this and my entire family, including picky kids, devoured it. Thank you for another wonderful recipe!

    • Jen says

      I’m so happy to hear that, thank you so much Masooma!

  20. Kris says

    I used the majority of this recipe but used ground beef (cooked with onion and drained separately) instead of chicken, didn’t have crushed tomato so I just used a can of rotel , and omitted the flour and cornstarch and it turned out fantastic! I also added some lime juice and left out the butter at the start. Couldn’t be happier with the quick hearty meal it produced!

    • Jen says

      What a great idea to make a ground beef version Kris, it sounds amazing! I’m definitely going to have to try that! Thanks for sharing!

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