Mexican Cheesy Chicken Chowder Recipe

This MEXICAN CHEESY CHICKEN CHOWDER RECIPE is the ultimate Winter comfort food soup! Loaded with spicy tomatoes, green peppers, hash brown potatoes, garlic, onion, CHEESE, and more, this was an instant favorite at our house. Serve this cheesy chicken chowder with Fritos or tortilla chips and you’re in business. SO GOOD.

Cheesy Chicken Chowder in large serving pot with small bowls of chowder surrounding it

Cheesy Chicken Chowder Recipe

This Mexican Cheesy Chicken Chowder recipe is so perfect for cold weather.

OOOOOOO have I got a good one for you guys today! I’m so excited about this cheesy chicken chowder that I’m publishing it just one day after making it. I have quite a few other drafts in queue but this Mexican Cheesy Chicken Chowder got pushed to the front of the line. With the cold weather wreaking havoc on more than half the country, we are all in need of some good old fashioned comfort food.

I absolutely LOVE this Cheesy Chicken Chowder recipe because its loaded with really good ingredients: 

  • Juicy chicken breasts
  • Diced potatoes
  • Fresh chopped cilantro
  • Lots and lots of CHEESE
  • Onion (Pat didn’t even notice….shhh!)
  • Diced green pepper

…plus there are plenty of other tasty ingredients in this cheesy chicken chowder recipe. But it’s also SO easy to throw all of this together to make a quick meal. Anything I can make in under 30 minutes is a-okay by me…especially when Henry is in tow. This one is a winner!

This Mexican Cheesy Chicken Chowder Recipe will warm you up with it’s cheesy flavor!

Spoonful of cheesy chowder above a large pot of chowder

Blue bowls filled with cheesy chowder and topped with corn chips

The Perfect Cold Weather Cheesy Chicken Chowder Recipe

Pat and I are supposed to be dieting for New Years Resolutions….but weekends are for breaking the rules!

This Cheesy Chicken Chowder recipe made for a great game day. Pat got to watch (so so so so much) sports and I got to just sit in the corner and chow down on cheesy soup. I can tolerate a lot of fantasy football talk as long as I have good food to keep me distracted.

I just love all the flavors in this easy soup recipe and LOVE the creamy cheesy chicken texture. Throw in some Fritos or Tortilla Chips and you’re really in heaven. So hearty and comforting. Just the way a good chicken chowder recipe should be.

Small bowls of cheesy chicken chowder and corn chips

How to make Cheesy Chicken Chowder

This chicken chowder recipe is so easy to make. All you need is 30 minutes and you’ve got a cheesy chicken dinner ready to go.

  1. Gather your ingredients
  2. Saute onion, garlic, & green peppers
  3. Add in the chicken, broth, and potatoes & let simmer
  4. Stir in the gravy, cream, Velveeta, and the rest of the ingredients
  5. Cook until the cheese is melted
  6. Serve warm with tortilla chips sprinkled on top

Scroll down to the recipe card for full instructions on how to make cheesy chicken chowder.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Chowder

While this is not a slow cooker recipe, it can be adapted if you wish. This cheesy chicken chowder recipe could be made in a slow cooker, crock pot, or Instant Pot.

If you’re looking for slow cooker recipes, try these instead:

Bowls full of chowder with gold-rimmed spoons

P.S. Can we also talk about those adorable enamel spoons? I DIE. You guys know I have a food prop shopping addiction, and these spoons were a must. They’re so darn cute.

Large pot of chowder

Okay, back to what’s important: this MEXICAN CHEESY CHICKEN CHOWDER. I hope you guys love it as much as we do. I have a feeling we will be making this easy recipe again and again!

See recipe card for details on how to make this Mexican Cheesy Chicken Chowder recipe. Enjoy!

We’ve got plenty more chowder, soup, & chili recipes for you:

5 from 7 votes
This MEXICAN CHEESY CHICKEN CHOWDER is the ultimate Winter comfort food soup! Loaded with spicy tomatoes, green peppers, hash brown potatoes, garlic, onion, CHEESE, and more, this was an instant favorite at our house. Serve with fritos or tortilla chips and you're in business. SO GOOD.
Mexican Cheesy Chicken Chowder
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This MEXICAN CHEESY CHICKEN CHOWDER RECIPE is the ultimate Winter comfort food soup! Loaded with spicy tomatoes, green peppers, hash brown potatoes, garlic, onion, CHEESE, and more, this was an instant favorite at our house. Serve this cheesy chicken chowder with Fritos or tortilla chips and you're in business. SO GOOD.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 10
Calories: 396 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 green peppers diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cubed (small cubes...bite sized pieces)
  • 32 ounces low sodium chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 package frozen diced hash-brown potatoes 32 ounce package
  • 1 packet country gravy mix 2.64 ounce packet
  • 2 cups heavy cream or milk...but lets be honest...the creamier the better :
  • 12 ounces Velveeta cut into small chunks
  • 2 cans Rotel Tomatoes 10 ounce cans
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Sour cream Fritos, or Tortilla Chips for garnish
  1. Add oil to the bottom of a dutch oven or stock pot and turn heat to medium/high. Stir in garlic, onion, and green pepper and allow to saute until translucent and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add in cubed chicken, chicken broth, salt and pepper, and frozen potatoes. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, covered, stirring occasionally. While cooking, stir together cream and gravy mix in a separate bowl and set aside.
  2. After 15 minutes (or until chicken is cooked through), pour in the gravy/cream mix and toss in the Velveeta, tomatoes, and cilantro. Move heat to low/medium and cook uncovered for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is fully melted.
  3. Serve immediately, garnished with sour cream, Fritos, or Tortilla Chips.
  4. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Mexican Cheesy Chicken Chowder
Amount Per Serving
Calories 396 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 123mg 41%
Sodium 680mg 28%
Potassium 791mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 6g
Protein 25g 50%
Vitamin A 25.3%
Vitamin C 38.5%
Calcium 26.8%
Iron 9.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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This is absolutely the best! Comfort food never looked so good, wee can almost smell it ❤️
OMG i need this so bad right now! I mean its not really cold here (socal and all) but it is raining today and this would be perfect. it sounds absolutely amazing. i really only needed to read cheesy to be sold. and i love those little spoons! I have to curb my food prop addiction too...i'm RUNNING out of room!
    Becky Hardin
    You are so sweet! Girl I know, I just cleaned out my studio (got rid of 6 tubs of props) and them promptly bought these spoons and a bunch more stuff I really didn't need LOL
This sounds amazing and I want to make it for dinner tonight. I don't have the gravy mix and we are gluten free and I don't think I've seen a gluten free one. Do you have any suggestions on what I can use instead? Also, have you ever made it in a crockpot?
    Becky Hardin
    Hi! I haven't made it in a slow cooker, I'm sorry! I do think it would work (I would cook the chicken before hand) but haven't tested it. As for the gravy mix...I'm not sure! I think you could just thicken it with a little bit of corn starch and water and it should be totally fine. Hope you enjoy :)
      I didn't even bother to thicken it with anything. It still came out great! I didn't try the crock pot, maybe next time.
Kim @ Berly's Kitchen
This looks so warm and comforting. I could eat bowls and bowls of this chowder. Sounds wonderful!
Wow. I don't think i'll ever get tired of this one. It's winter time perfection! Looks SO good!
Aina Togiai
Easy, Tastes great and easy on my Pocket! Love this soup and so does mY family.
This looks wonderful. Do you drain the tomatoes? Thanks.
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Oh my God! Look at mexican cheesy chicken chowder recipe is so attractive and delicious
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