My husband's all time favorite soup in the world is the chicken enchilada soup from Chili's. Not only is it a financial downfall to go to Chili's twice a week so that he can enjoy this soup, it's also extremely difficult with Brooklyn, whose idea of a perfect mealtime is to scream as loud as she can while chucking food in random directions and growling like a wild dog when she doesn't get a drink in time.
Therefore, I started exploring the internet, trying to find a good copycat recipe that would satisfy Chad. After trying probably 6 or 7 different recipes with no perfect results, I decided to start reinventing some of those recipes until I came up with one that worked for us. You can find the closest cousin of my final result here, which is where my search ended with my last attempt, but my recipe really varies a lot from it as well. But, for the sake of citing my research, there it is anyway.
1 cup chicken stock
3/4 cup butter
1 diced yellow onion
1 3/4 tsp ground cumin
2 1/4 tsp chili powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red pepper
1 3/4 c masa harina
4 quarts water
1 1/2 c crushed tomatoes
1/2 pound cubed Velveeta
4 ounces shredded cheddar
2 lbs cubed cooked chicken breasts
Toppings (sour cream, pico, chives, tortilla strips, etc.)
Melt butter in a large pot. Add onions, saute til translucent. Add chicken stock and spices, mix until stock is melted down.
In a large bowl, whisk masa harina with 1 quart warm water until no lumps remain. Add to pot, whisking constantly til well combined. Stir continually over medium heat for 2 minutes or so and add tomatoes. Add remaining water to pot and mix well. Let simmer ten minutes or so, stirring occasionally, then add cheese. Stir until all cheese is melted and combined. Add chicken, cook another 5 minutes, stirring continually. Serve with a little shredded cheese on top, along with some tortilla strips and pico. Chad loves it with sour cream.
It's not an exact match but I actually think it's better than the original. And, it's as close as you'll get without having the recipe from the restaurant itself. Delicioso!