This Chicken Fajita Soup recipe couldn’t be easier to make and it’s healthy too, with veggies, beans, corn, and chicken in a flavorful broth.

If you love healthy comfort food recipes, try my Vegetarian Enchiladas, Chicken Shawarma Bowls or Shrimp Tacos.

A bowl of fajita soup with chicken, corn and black beans, garnished with fresh avocado and cilantro.

I love that the ingredients for this Chicken Fajia soup are simple ones I usually have in my pantry, and I can prep this ahead and even make it in the slow cooker if I want dinner to be extra fast! The flavors in this soup are insanely good and the adobo sauce and chipotle pepper add a little smokey flavor punch that is addicting.

How to make Fajita Soup:

  • Add olive oil to a soup pot over medium heat. Once hot (but not smoking) add onion and bell pepper and sauté for a few minutes. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add diced tomatoes, chipotle chili and adobo sauce, cumin, oregano, chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  • Add chicken and broth and cook over medium heat until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken to a plate and shred with forks.
Two process photos for making fajita soup in a pot.
  • Add black beans and corn to the pot and cook until warmed. Return shredded chicken to the pot. Serve topped with avocado and cilantro, and tortillas on the side, if desired.
A large pot of chicken fajita soup with a wooden spoon in it for serving.

Slow Cooker Instructions:

Grease the bottom of the slow cooker and add the chicken. Sprinkle with spices and salt and pepper. Add chopped onions, bell pepper, diced tomatoes, chipotle chili and adobo sauce, corn, black beans and chicken broth. Cover and cook on LOW 3.5 – 4 hours or HIGH for 2 – 3 hours, until chicken is cooked through (but not overcooked). Shred chicken.

Instant Pot Instructions:

Turn instant pot to “saute” setting. Add oil and once hot, add onion and bell pepper and sauté for 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Turn instant pot off. Add diced tomatoes, chipotle chili and adobo sauce, cumin, oregano, chili powder, paprika, salt, pepper, chicken and broth and stir to combine. Cook on manual/high pressure for 8 minutes, with a 10 minute natural release. Shred chicken. Stir in beans and corn and reapply instant pot lid for a few minutes, until warmed through.

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Recipe

A bowl of fajita soup with chicken, corn and black beans, garnished with fresh avocado and cilantro.
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
Total 30 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion , chopped
  • 1 bell pepper , chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce PLUS 1 Tablespoon sauce from the can (or more, for more heat)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts , or add leftover cooked chicken (like rotisserie) at the end
  • 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 15 ounce can black beans , drained and rinsed
  • 1 avocado , for topping
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro for topping
  • tortillas , optional, for serving

Instructions
 

  • Add olive oil to a soup pot over medium heat. Once hot (but not smoking) add onion and bell pepper and sauté for a few minutes. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add diced tomatoes, chipotle chili and adobo sauce, cumin, oregano, chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  • Add chicken and broth cook over medium heat until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken to a plate and shred with forks.
  • Add black beans and corn to the pot and cook until warmed. Return shredded chicken to the pot. Taste and add additional seasonings, if needed.
  • Serve topped with avocado and cilantro, and tortillas on the side, if desired.

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Notes

*Canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce can be found in the Mexican food section at your grocery store. A great tip: Pour the leftover contents into a freezer ziplock bag and save for another recipe.
Slow Cooker: Grease the bottom of the slow cooker and add the chicken. Sprinkle with spices and salt and pepper. Add chopped onions, bell pepper, diced tomatoes, chipotle chili and adobo sauce, corn, black beans and chicken broth. Cover and cook on LOW 3.5 - 4 hours or HIGH for 2 - 3 hours, until chicken is cooked through (but not overcooked). Shred chicken.
Instant Pot Instructions: Turn instant pot to "saute" setting. Add oil and once hot, add onion and bell pepper and sauté for 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Turn instant pot off. Add diced tomatoes, chipotle chili and adobo sauce, cumin, oregano, chili powder, paprika, salt, pepper, chicken and broth and stir to combine. Cook on manual/high pressure for 8 minutes, with a 10 minute natural release. Shred chicken. Stir in beans and corn and reapply instant pot lid for a few minutes, until warmed through. 

Nutrition

Calories: 308kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 28gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 145mgPotassium: 1031mgFiber: 9gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1245IUVitamin C: 51.7mgCalcium: 52mgIron: 3.6mg

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I originally shared this recipe February 2017. Updated September 2020.

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  1. I can eat fajitas 7 days a week. I love that you have incorporated all those flavors into one comforting bowl, YUM:)

  2. 5 stars
    This was fabulous! My entire family, even my “pickier-eater” son, loved it. I am looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

  3. 5 stars
    Made this today, and oh my goodness —- SO GOOD! I had a long work day so this was in the slow cooker for about 7 hours on low – I was a little worried about it cooking for so long, but had no other choice today. It turned out so yummy and the chicken was not over cooked miraculously! I also left out the siracha because I’m a baby when it comes to spicy foods. Definitely making this on a regular basis from here on out!

  4. 5 stars
    It’s been cold and rainy here the past two days and I’ve been looking for a new soup to try. I saw this and new this was the one. It did not disappoint and was delicious!! I made it in the instapot and it couldn’t have been easier. Loved it!

  5. 5 stars
    Wow is this delish! I veganized it by no chicken and used veggie broth! It is perfect. I have been tasting it and can’t wait to sit down with a bowl with the added toppings — cheese, avacado and cilantro! Thank you.