Salsa Chicken Soup

5 from 3 votes

This Mexican Chicken Soup recipe is an easy and healthy dinner you can make in about 30 minutes. It’s made with tomatoes, corn, onion, cilantro, salsa and shredded chicken – top it with tortilla chips, sour cream, and cheese for a light but filling meal!

The BEST part about this soup is that it is great for using up leftover chicken – or add it to your meal prep dinner rotation! AND it’s a Weight Watcher approved 30 minute meal.

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Chicken soup with salsa

I love soup especially when it’s cold! I also love a bowl with all the toppings and this healthy Mexican Chicken Soup is one of my favorites to make.

At our house we call it salsa soup because salsa is one of the main ingredients. Salsa is such a great short-cut because it adds a ton of flavor and you don’t have to do anything but open a jar.

It’s light but loaded with flavor and you can garnish it with all of your favorite toppings. I love tortilla chips for crunch, a dollop of sour cream and, of course, a sprinkling of shredded cheese.

The Best Soup if You’re Following Weight Watchers!

This chicken soup with salsa is very deceiving – it’s hearty and filling, but it’s so light. If you’re on Weight Watchers it’s only 1 smart point. One point! If you don’t know what Weight Watchers is all you need to know that it’s a healthy and a good choice if you’re trying to cut back on the calories.

It’s so light from all the 0-point ingredients – corn, chicken, onion and tomatoes are all freebies. I love it because I can add my toppings and not feel like I’m going overboard.

Easiest Mexican chicken soup

Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Mexican Chicken Soup

  • Olive oil
  • Chopped onion
  • Minced garlic
  • Ground cumin
  • Reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • Canned diced tomatoes
  • Frozen corn
  • Fat free salsa
  • Shredded cooked chicken
  • Chopped cilantro

Use Leftover Chicken to Make it Easy

I love this recipe because I usually have all of the ingredients on hand. We eat a lot of chicken and there’s always leftovers in the refrigerator. This is a great way to use them up. Or, you can pick up a rotisserie chicken from the store. 

Mexican soup step by step

How to Make Easy Mexican Chicken Soup

  • Cook the onion and garlic with the olive oil in a large non-stick pan until the onion is softened. Add the cumin and stir.
  • Add the chicken broth, tomatoes, corn, and salsa. Bring it to a boil and then lower the heat to maintain a simmer. Simmer it for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the shredded to chicken and simmer it in the broth for a few minutes until it’s heated up. Add the cilantro and stir.

It doesn’t get any easier than three steps! I love a 30-minute soup and this is one of my favorites. 

Don’t Forget the Toppings!

Just like tacos, you can top your bowl with all of your favorite garnishes – here are some of our favorites:

  • Tortilla chips
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheddar cheese or Monterey jack cheese (or both!)
  • Chopped cilantro
  • A squeeze of fresh lime juice
  • Diced avocado

If you add toppings it will increase the Weight Watchers points, so just FYI. The soup itself is so light you can definitely add some garnishes and still have a healthy, light dinner.

Mexican salsa soup

What if I don’t Have Leftover Chicken?

It adds more time, but you can cook the chicken first before you make the soup.

  • In the same pan you plan to make the soup, cook the chicken in some olive oil until it’s browned and cooked through. This will take about 10 minutes depending on how thick your chicken breasts are.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan and let it cool. Go ahead, at this point, and start making the soup. All of the flavor left behind by the chicken will just give your broth more flavor.
  • Once it’s cool enough to handle, shred or cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces.

I’ve also included these instructions in the recipe card.

Salsa soup, WW soup, or Mexican chicken soup – whatever you want to call it, it’s a cozy dinner or lunch full of fresh flavors and a light and healthy way to warm up when it’s cold. Make a batch and lay out all the toppings for everyone to choose from – I know your family will love it. 

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Mexican Chicken Soup Recipe

This is our favorite soup recipe – Mexican Chicken Soup! It's an easy 30 minute meal that's weight watchers approved – this healthy mexican soup is a chicken soup with salsa – and it's SO easy to make and so tasty.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 10 ounce bag frozen corn kernels
  • 1 cup fat free salsa
  • 1/2 pound cooked shredded chicken see note
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro optional
  • Sour cream Shredded cheddar cheese and/or tortilla chips, for serving, optional


  • Heat the oil in a large nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in the cumin and cook 1 minute.
  • Add the broth, tomatoes, corn, and salsa; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the flavors are blended, about 10 minutes. Add the chicken to the pan; heat through. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cilantro if using.
  • Serve the soup with sour cream, cheese and tortilla chips as desired.

Recipe Notes

To cook with raw chicken: In step 1, heat the oil in a large nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned, about 6 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate; set aside, then continue with onion and garlic.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 1580mg | Potassium: 643mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 536IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, weight watchers
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This is our favorite soup recipe – Mexican Chicken Soup! It’s an easy 30 minute meal that’s weight watchers approved – this healthy mexican soup is a chicken soup with salsa – and it’s SO easy to make and so tasty.

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  1. I grew up in San Antonio, and this IS Mexican chicken soup. It is NOT spicy tex mex, and the predominant flavor is and should be chicken. The veggies and rice are yummy, but chicken is the strongest taste. You start with water and chicken, turning the water into broth. 6 cups works fine if, like me, your pot doesn’t hold 8 (you can always add some water or broth at the end once it’s condensed a bit). If you don’t use good chicken or if you’re using flavorless cheap white meat it’s going to be tasteless and bland, obviously. You can start with good quality stock instead of water if you prefer to amp up the flavor. The only thing I added was a Mexican tomato bullion with the tomato sauce, and it was delicious. And as stated in the recipe, you’re expected to out flavorful toppings on this: fresh chopped cilantro, salty tortilla chips, sliced avocado, sour cream, etc. If you’re complaining it’s bland you either made it wrong, skipped the notes about chicken and toppings, or had completely false expectations about this soup. It is the Spanish equivalent to chicken noodle soup; a nice, simple, hearty, easy recipe for the fall, kids, sick days, etc. Tastes just like I’d expect from SA.

  2. I made this soup today. DELISH! Since I didn’t have frozen corn, I subbed a can of Roasted Corn (drained). Also, I added a little Coriander and two cups of pre-cooked Jasmine Rice.

    This is a new favorite!

  3. I love this recipe! I have been making a similar recipe I created for about 5 years. Mainly to use up any of my extra home canned tomatoes and salsa. I never thought to add corn. Love yours too! I did serve it over a little brown rice. Guests liked it with tortilla chips, and/or nacho Doritos And cheese.