10 Minute Southwest Chicken Soup

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Loaded with our favorite Mexican flavors; this Southwest Chicken Soup is slightly spicy with chunks of tomatoes, corn, black beans, and tender chicken.

I topped our steaming bowls of soup with a handful of shredded cheese and the entire family gave this meal two thumbs up.

Southwest Chicken Soup - you can make it in just 10 minutes!

Southwest Chicken Soup

Dinner in just TEN minutes. Seriously. I even timed myself making this soup the second time because it came together so fast. And it was good!

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Like everyone else I know, I love having a go-to list of meals that require little to no effort to get on the table. This Southwest Chicken Soup is a winner of a quick and easy dinner!

Within just a few minutes, this soup will be hot and ready to eat! Loaded with all of our favorite Mexican ingredients and flavors, we make versions of this soup at least once a month throughout the cooler months of the year.

10 Minute Chicken Soup

About all that you will need to make this soup is a handful of pantry ingredients and some leftover chicken. This is the ultimate last-minute dinner and it’s a popular one here.

You can use a grocery store rotisserie chicken, a roasted chicken, shredded chicken, or a couple of leftover grilled or baked chicken thighs.

Make this Southwest Chicken Soup in just ten minutes!

Southwestern Chicken Soup

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this recipe:

  • cooked chicken
  • canned corn
  • canned black beans
  • diced tomatoes with green chile
  • chicken broth
  • garlic powder, cumin, kosher salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper
{10 Minute} Southwest Chicken Soup

Kitchen Tip: I use this pot to make this recipe.

Southwest Chicken Soup Recipe

Combine the corn, beans, tomatoes, chicken broth, garlic powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and cayenne in a pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce to medium-high heat. Add the chicken and stir to combine.

Simmer for 2-3 minutes, until the chicken is warm and the soup is steaming. Ladle the hot soup into bowls and add the toppings of your choice.

You only need ten minutes to stir together this Southwest Chicken Soup!

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{10 Minute} Southwest Chicken Soup

10 Minute Southwest Chicken Soup

4.86 from 7 votes
Loaded with Mexican flavors, this is a slightly spicy soup with generous chunks of tomatoes, corn, black beans, and chicken.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 14 ounces corn drained
  • 14 ounces black beans drained and rinsed, about 1 ½ cups
  • 20 ounces diced tomatoes with green chile use a mild version for almost no heat
  • 28-32 ounces chicken broth, about 4 cups
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, adjust to taste as desired
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped bite-size, about 3/4-inch pieces

Optional Toppings

  • shredded cheese: cheddar, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, or Mexican cheese blend
  • tortilla strips
  • sour cream
  • chopped fresh cilantro


  • Combine the corn, beans, tomatoes, chicken broth, garlic powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and cayenne in a pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce to medium-high heat. Add the chicken and stir to combine.
  • Simmer for 2-3 minutes, until the chicken is warm and the soup is steaming. Ladle the hot soup into bowls and add the toppings of your choice. Enjoy!


Calories: 341kcal · Carbohydrates: 50g · Protein: 27g · Fat: 5g · Saturated Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 35mg · Sodium: 725mg · Potassium: 1010mg · Fiber: 14g · Sugar: 5g · Vitamin A: 321IU · Vitamin C: 22mg · Calcium: 81mg · Iron: 5mg
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{originally published 6/28/13 – recipe notes and photos updated 4/10/24}

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  1. Jenn S says

    Recipe like this are so great to have. Everyone knows time gets by us at least every once in a while, why not have something that takes you 10 minutes to make – then there truly is not excuse for not having a home cooked meal!

  2. Anonymous says

    Made this last night. I added a can of cannellini beans and a can of hominy . Big family so it helps to stretch out meals. This was Delicious….. We garnished it with Sour cream,cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice. Oh, and some shredded cheddar!!! Yum!!!

  3. Linda says

    Thanks for the recipe. I use the same ingredients for quesidillas without the broth Was wondering how to turn it into a hearty soup. You solved the problem perfectly . . thanks and delicious.

  4. Tricia Riddick says

    My little girl (7) is starting to read recipes and learning to cook. We decided to give this one a try to switch up from taco night. She did it just as written and it turned out great! Even brother was impressed. This soup is delicious. Thanks Ms. Mary.

  5. Beata says

    I love this recipe! I’ve made it several times, always with rave reviews. You can pretty much add whatever you want – be creative! It’s also easy to double the recipe (leftovers!).5 stars

  6. Mary says

    I made this soup and loved it. But my hack was to use an envelope of reduced sodium taco seasoning in place of the other seasonings. Super easy! I served it with rice (which can be stirred into the soup if you wish)5 stars

  7. Laurie says

    I made a vegetarian version of this last night and it was delicious! I made it with Gardein chick’n and vegan chicken broth. Omitted the corn and added lime juice and avocado in the bowl and crumbled sweet Thai chili Doritos on top. Yum!

  8. Karen H says

    This sounds so great & simple. LOVE simple! How do you make it less spicy though? Not big on that. Thank so much!! 💜😊4 stars

  9. Lauren says

    Made this tonight and it was such an easy and delicious meal to throw together quickly. I did make some modifications and added 4 oz of cream cheese and a small can of green chillies. As another commenter did, I just used a packet of lower sodium taco seasoning in place of the listed seasonings. This simplified things even more. Avocado was used to garnish. Would make again.5 stars

  10. Dorene says

    I was looking for a Southwestern Chicken soup recipe and came across this gem. This is great for chilly nights. It is delicious and filling. Instead of rotisserie chicken, I have used ground chicken, added some chopped onion, and tomato paste for added flavoring. This is a keeper. Thanks for sharing😊.5 stars