Quick and Easy Soup Recipe – Fiesta Chowder

Looking for a quick and easy soup recipe? Fiesta Chowder is a full of flavor soup that can be made start to finish in just 30 minutes.

Fiesta Chowder in a Noritake Condoro bowl

My first experience with this quick and easy soup recipe was at a baby shower given by my cousin back in 2003.

Everyone at the shower loved this soup and after getting the recipe, I started making it on a regular basis. That baby is now 17 years old, so who knows how many times I’ve made this recipe over the years.

Quick and Easy Fiesta Chowder

Fiesta Chowder is definitely a family favorite soup recipe.

My husband frequently requests that I make this soup and when he comes home from work and sees it on the stove, he’s a very happy man.

Family favorite Fiesta Chowder soup served in a Noritake Condoro soup bowl

When I was still teaching, my teaching partner, Beth, was cleaning out her house and me if I wanted some old china. She brought a set of six Noritake Cordoro soup bowls and saucers to school the next day for me to take home and I’ve enjoyed them ever since.

This pattern was first introduced in 1921. I have a feeling that it belonged to either one of Beth’s or her former husband’s grandmothers. I love the floral design and colors of this china pattern.

Back to the soup. The recipe starts with browning chicken that has been coated with flour and fajita mix. This gives the chicken great flavor.

The soup contains healthy ingredients including: brown rice, corn, black beans, tomatoes, green chilis, and olives.

Fiesta Chowder in a Noritake Condoro soup bowl

There’s one ingredient that isn’t as healthy but it adds great flavor to this soup, cheddar cheese soup.

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How to Make Fiesta Chowder

Be sure to read through the recipe and gather all of the ingredients before you start cooking. 

I’ve found that it’s easiest to cut up the chicken, onion, and garlic prior to beginning the recipe procedure.

Ingredients to make Fiesta Chowder
Not Shown but Needed: Onion and Garlic

The first step to make this soup is to combine 3 T of flour and 2 tablespoons fajita seasoning in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag. Shake to coat.

Chicken in a plastic bag with flour and fajita seasoning

Cook chicken in hot oil in a large Dutch oven over high heat, stirring often, 4 minutes or until browned.

Chicken coated with flour and fajita seasoning in a pot to be browned

Be sure to scrape up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan as the chicken cooks.

Browning chicken to make soup

Onion and garlic are then added to the chicken. I use prepared garlic to save time.

Onions and garlic on a cutting board

And sautéed for 5 minutes. Be sure to keep stirring.

Browning chicken, onions, garlic

Next, add remaining ingredients except for the cheddar cheese soup.

Making Fiesta Chowder soup adding ingredients

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes.

Finally, add the cheddar cheese soup and heat through.

Adding Campbell's Cheddar Cheese soup to Fiesta Chowder

Fiesta Chowder is now ready to enjoy!

Fiesta Chowder in an All-Clad pot on the stove

This hearty, quick and easy soup recipe is so good! 

We enjoyed our first fall bowl of this soup last night for dinner and since there are only two of us, we have leftovers for another night’s meal.

Mr. SP also enjoys taking this soup to work for lunch.

Print this out and give it a try, you won’t be sorry!

Yield: 8 Servings

Family Favorite Soup Recipe - Fiesta Chowder

Fiesta Chowder in a Noritake Condoro bowl

Looking for a quick and easy weeknight meal? Fiesta Chowder is ready to be enjoyed in just 30 minutes. This flavorful soup is so good!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 3 T all-purpose flour
  • 1 (1.4 oz) package fajita seasoning, divided
  • 3 large boneless chicken breasts
  • 3 T vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 (15 1/4 oz) can of corn
  • 1 (15 oz) can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (10 oz) can of Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 (4.5 oz) can of chopped green chilis
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked instant brown rice
  • 1 (2 1/2 oz) can sliced ripe olives
  • 1 (10 3/4 oz) can cheddar cheese soup


  1. Combine flour and 2 T fajita seasoning in a heavy-duty plastic bag; add chicken. Seal and shake to coat.
  2. Cook chicken in hot oil in a large Dutch oven over high heat, stirring often, 4 minutes, or until browned.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-high; add onion and garlic; saute 5 minutes. Stir in remaining fajita seasoning, corn, and the rest of the ingredients except the cheddar cheese soup.
  4. Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 5 minutes.
  5. Remove lid, and stir in cheddar cheese soup.


There is no need to drain the corn or olives.

Cilantro is a great addition to this soup. Add a 3 T of fresh Cilantro with the cheddar cheese soup.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 427mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 19g

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  1. Paula, your fiesta chowder looks like a winner. It sounds delicious, warm and hearty and would be a perfect dish for a fall/winter evening. Everything in one pot meals always puts a smile on my face!

    Thank you for joining with me on the hop and all your great instructions 🙂

  2. Looks delicious, Paula! We’re big soup eaters in our house so this will be a great one to try. Pinned as always! Your soup bowl is lovely by the way. Great hopping with you!

  3. Paula that chowder looks wonderful! I can’t wait to try it – cheese soup and all! 🙂 I’m so glad you mentioned your beautiful gifted china. It really caught my eye right from the beginning. How sweet of your coworker. I love things that have a story.

    So happy to be hopping with you. Thanks for the great fall recipe!

  4. This sounds so good, I love the final addition of Cheddar Cheese soup to make it extra creamy. I must say, I couldn’t take my eyes off the beautiful bowl! How nice of your friend to give you this gorgeous china! Thanks for sharing your special family recipe, it looks divine.

  5. HI Paula! Wow this is a perfect fall meal that I can’t wait to try! This blog hop is so fun and there are so many delicious recipes! It makes me so excited to try them all! So fun to be in this blog hop with you!

  6. This sounds like a wonderfully hearty soup, Paula! I love rich soups with veggies like this, especially with chicken. I’ll have to give it a go this fall. We definitely could use some good go-to soup recipes! Thanks for sharing!

  7. This looks amazing! I can almost smell it cooking on the stovetop! I can’t wait to try it…it looks like something my family will love! Pinned!

  8. This looks awesome! Will have to tweak it for gluten-intolerant SO, but any 1) hearty soup, 2) one pot meal 3) soup with lots of veggies is always good in my book! This is coming from someone who threw the rest of the V8 juice into the chicken vegetable soup to eke it out! Hey, it made leftovers a bit different! Love the soup bowls; pretty dishes make things taste better in my book!

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