Chipotle Chicken & Pumpkin Soup

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The weather is finally starting to cool down, and it’s almost fall. I’m loving the weather change. It’s finally time for cozy clothes – scarves, boots, sweaters. Time for pumpkins, apples, warm drinks and soup. Pumpkin soup to be exact. But I’m not 100 percent ready for a season change. So this soup gives you a little of both worlds. A summery kick of chipotle peppers and corn mixed with a warm, velvety richness of pumpkin.

Chipotle Chicken & Pumpkin Soup | Pumpkin Soup | simplywhisked.com

I used a rotisserie chicken to make the soup this time, but you could use leftover chicken if you have it. I just really wanted soup for dinner and fast – so the rotisserie shortcut did the trick this time. Top it off with some fresh cilantro and shredded cheddar cheese and you have a delicious, hearty meal in just about 30 minutes (okay… 35 but who’s counting when it comes to something so good?)

Chipotle Chicken & Pumpkin Soup | Pumpkin Soup | simplywhisked.com

If you don’t want the soup to be too spicy, leave out one or both of the chipotle peppers – but don’t skip on the adobo sauce unless you really can’t handle the heat because you want to keep the flavor of the chipotle adobo sauce.


Chipotle Chicken & Pumpkin Soup

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 -12 1x


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 large carrot, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 large celery stalk (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 4 cups shredded chicken
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce (from chipotle pepper can)
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups corn kernels, thawed if frozen
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

For topping:

  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese (or shredded cheddar cheese)


  1. In a large stockpot, heat olive oil to medium.
  2. Add onion, celery, carrots and garlic.
  3. Sauté until onions are translucent – about 5 minutes.
  4. Add chicken broth and pumpkin puree – stirring until smooth.
  5. Stir in chicken, chipotle peppers, black beans, corn kernels, cumin, and salt.
  6. Bring to a slow boil.
  7. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for ten minutes.
  8. Top with shredded cheese and cilantro before serving.


  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Recipe adapted from Budget Bytes.

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    I thought this was such a great combination of flavors. I featured it on my Friday Five – Pumpkin addition over @ Feed Your Soul Too – http://www.feedyoursoul2.com/2013/09/friday-five-pumpkin-addition.html

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    This soup was perfect! Made it for dinner last night and it came together so easily, I even used your “how to purée a pumpkin” tutorial for this recipe. So much flavor and the perfect amount of heat!
    And plenty of leftovers!! Loved it!

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      Melissa Belanger
      November 4, 2014 at 10:04 am

      Yey! I’m so, so glad you liked it! 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to write a comment!

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    I just made this today minus the carrot & celery as the recipe I had didn’t include them. It was delicious!!! I’m sure the carrots & celery would be great also but it was tasty without. This is a super recipe & my picky teenage son even loved it. Next time will double the recipe as for 4 of us there are zero leftovers!! 4 stars!!!

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    I made this today minus the carrots & celery as my recipe didn’t include them. It was absolutely delicious!! The carrots & celery would be a great addition but was fine without. Even my teenage son loved it! Next time I will double the recipe for leftovers. I used two peppers & heat was perfect for us! I give this 4 stars!! Cheryl from Florida

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    This recipe is featured as a crock pot recipe. Has anyone tried this in the crockpot? Thanks.

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      Where is it featured as a crockpot recipe? I haven’t tried it myself, but I’d love to hear how it turns out if you try it!

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