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Tortilla Soup

tortilla soup recipeI love soup. I could eat soup for every meal. Soup is incredibly easy to make and you can use whatever you have around to make something wholesome, filling, and nutritious. This tortilla soup is just like that, it takes minimal effort and the reward is great. This not a traditional tortilla soup by any means, but that does not make me like it any less. I like to make a vegetarian version of this soup, but sometimes I will add some leftover chicken to the bowl if I have some. The beans make this soup very hearty.

Do not let the ingredient list intimidate you. Yes, it is long, but it is mostly spices and spices that you most likely have in your cabinet. This soup is warm, filling, and comforting.

tortilla soup recipe2 cans Rotel tomatoes
2 carrots, peeled
1 green pepper
1 large onion
2 garlic cloves minced
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon tumeric
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
1 bag frozen corn
1 can black beans
1 can red kidney beans
1/2 cup cilantro
tortilla chips

for garnish:

avocados
tortilla chips
sour cream
cheese
limes
cilantro

tortilla soup recipe Put the Rotel, carrots, and pepper in the food processor.

tortilla soup recipeProcess until still a little chunky.

tortilla soup recipeIn a large Dutch oven or pot, saute the onions and garlic until soft. Add all of the spices. Cook for one minute.

Add the tomato mixture, broth, beans, corn, and water.

tortilla soup recipeSimmer partially covered over low heat for 30 minutes.

tortilla soup recipeAdd the cilantro.

tortilla soup recipeLadle into bowls. I added some shredded chicken to this batch.

tortilla soup recipeCrush some tortilla chips on top of the soup. Garnish with sliced avocado, cheese, sour cream, cilantro, and lime wedges. A squeeze of lime juice really brightens this soup up.

tortilla soup recipeThis soup tastes even better the next day and is perfect for a light lunch.

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Tortilla Soup


Ingredients

  • 2 cans Rotel tomatoes
  • 2 carrots, peeled
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon tumeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bag frozen corn
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • tortilla chips
  • for garnish:
  • avocados
  • tortilla chips
  • sour cream
  • cheese
  • limes
  • cilantro

Instructions

  1. Put the Rotel, carrots, and pepper in the food processor.
  2. Process until still a little chunky.
  3. In a large Dutch oven or pot, saute the onions and garlic until soft. Add all of the spices. Cook for one minute.
  4. Add the tomato mixture, broth, beans, corn, and water.
  5. Simmer partially covered over low heat for 30 minutes.
  6. Add the cilantro.
  7. Ladle into bowls. I added some shredded chicken to this batch.
  8. Crush some tortilla chips on top of the soup. Garnish with sliced avocado, cheese, sour cream, cilantro, and lime wedges. A squeeze of lime juice really brightens this soup up.

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  1. marinda

    January 18th, 2011 at 5:36 am

    that looks delish! i might have to make this for dinner tonight!

  2. Karin van D.

    January 18th, 2011 at 5:55 am

    That looks really yummy. I never heard of tortilla soup, but now we are definitely going to try it out sometime! Thanks!

  3. bakedbree

    January 19th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    It is really good. It reminds me of Mexican chicken soup.

  4. Melody

    January 18th, 2011 at 6:31 am

    Wow! Last night, my husband and I had Qdoba and I got the tortilla soup and said, “we have to make this!” and lo and behold, here is a super wonderful recipe waiting for me here! Thanks πŸ™‚

  5. bakedbree

    January 19th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I must have read your mind!

  6. Marissa

    January 18th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    This looks so yummy! I’ve been wanting to make more soups, and I can’t wait to try this one! Thanks Bree!

    -Marissa

  7. bakedbree

    January 19th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    thanks Marissa!

  8. Lisa

    January 18th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    This looks delicious and I love how each person can customize their own bowl using the mix-ins.

  9. bakedbree

    January 19th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Me too. I love a customizable meal.

  10. alison

    January 18th, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Yes! I have all the ingredients! This is what I’m making for supper. πŸ˜‰ Thanks!

  11. bakedbree

    January 19th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    great! hope that you liked it.

  12. Mia

    January 18th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Looks DELICIOUS! Can’t wait to try this! Thank you!

  13. bakedbree

    January 19th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    you are welcome Mia!

  14. Alyssa

    January 18th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Looks AMAZING! It’s on the menu for this week!

  15. bakedbree

    January 19th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    great! It is fast and easy.

  16. Lizzy

    January 18th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Just added this to my list for next week. I love your recipes!

  17. bakedbree

    January 19th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    thank you Lizzy!

  18. Lizzy

    January 22nd, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Just made this- it was SOOO GOOD! I’ll post about it soon! Thanks for the recipe… and I love your blog πŸ™‚

  19. bakedbree

    January 22nd, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    please share the link when you do.

  20. Abby

    January 18th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I made Eva Longoria’s Tortilla Soup recipe (from her restaurant, Beso) a few weeks ago and it was good. This one looks good, too – I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  21. bakedbree

    January 19th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Let me know if you like it Abby.

  22. Kelley {mountain mama cooks}

    January 18th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I was just looking for a tortilla soup recipe- must be fate. I’m catering this weekend and going to make this for 80 people! I’ll let you know how it goes!! Thanks.

  23. bakedbree

    January 19th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Please do!

  24. Shailender @ Romantic Getaways

    January 19th, 2011 at 2:10 am

    I’m trying to loose some weight these days and I think this soup benefit me a lot. Again a mouth watering recipe and good for health too. πŸ˜‰

  25. bakedbree

    January 19th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I hope that it helps. This is a really healthy soup, especially if you take it easy on the toppings.

  26. alison

    January 19th, 2011 at 6:46 am

    I made this for supper last night and my family LOVED it! Thanks for another great recipe Bree!

  27. bakedbree

    January 19th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    So glad Alison!

  28. Paula

    January 19th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    This sounds great and I want to make it, but what are Rotel tomatoes? What can be subsituted? Thanks!

  29. bakedbree

    January 19th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Rotel are a brand of tomatoes. You can use a can of diced tomatoes instead.

  30. Kaitlin

    January 22nd, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Great recipe, I love Rotel tomatoes & thought the corn was an excellent addition!

  31. bakedbree

    January 22nd, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks Kaitlin!

  32. Lynn

    January 22nd, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I made this tonight for dinner. It was delicious, and my husband said he thought it was the best chicken tortilla soup he has ever had! I’ve never used Rotel tomatoes before. Since it has the green chilis in it already I opted to leave out the chili flakes. Also I used pinto instead of kidney beans. But those are the only minor changes I made. It was really easy to make! Thanks for the yummy soup recipe!

  33. bakedbree

    January 22nd, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    that is great. Glad that the hubs loved it.

  34. Megan

    January 27th, 2011 at 6:18 am

    I’d love to make this for my staff “Souper-Bowl” cook-off next week. Do you think I could make it ahead and put in it a crock pot for a few (like 3-4) hours on low/warm?

  35. bakedbree

    January 27th, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Absolutely. It should be fine.

  36. Marissa

    February 5th, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I made your tortilla soup last night and it was delicious! I loved the extra kick- maybe from the rotel? Yummm. I made some yummy cornbread, but next time I will try making your taquitos! Now I’m going to eat some of the leftovers for lunch… πŸ™‚

    Thanks!

    Marissa

  37. bakedbree

    February 5th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    great Marissa!

  38. Marissa

    February 9th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Hi Bree- I just re-posted this recipe on my blog with some photos! I LOVE it. So delicious and may have converted me into a leftover-lover…haha just maybe…

    Thanks!

    Marissa

  39. bakedbree

    February 9th, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    glad that you like it. I love that soup.

  40. Janice

    January 13th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I just made this soup for dinner tonight. The only thing was, it ended up way too spicy for us (and I didn’t even add the red pepper flakes). I really love the flavors and would like to give it another try…what should I adjust? Is it the cumin that makes it so spicy?

  41. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    It really is not spicy at all, or shouldn’t be anyway.

  42. Janice

    January 17th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Thanks…maybe I’ll check the Rotel tomatoes more closely next time. Perhaps the variety I bought was more “medium” than “mild.” It was still yummy, it just had a definite kick!!

  43. bakedbree

    January 23rd, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    that might be it. I use the mild for my kids.

  44. ceara

    May 13th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    This sounds really good, but its in the vegetarian section and it has chicken broth in it?

  45. bakedbree

    May 22nd, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Obviously change out the broth. If you are a vegetarian you know how easy that is to do, so no need to make a big deal about it.

  46. Ayla

    December 29th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    So yummy! Some changes I made; I skipped the food processer step and just diced my green peppers and carrots. I also added 1 jalapeno pepper and a small can of diced green chilies. I skipped the water and just upped the broth to 5 cups. I also added a squirt of concentrated tomato paste into the veggie and spice mixture as it cooked. Forgot to add the corn, but I think I will add some tomorrow. Delish!

  47. jen

    January 21st, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    To drain the beans or not to drain the beans, that is the question πŸ™‚ Just wondering what you do. I’ll probably do a 1/2 way drain. Also, I just had to inhale the delicious aroma of the spices blended together and I’m pretty sure I got some chili pepper inside my right nostril! worth it though

  48. bakedbree

    January 22nd, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    I always drain! Unless the recipe needs it to thicken, but this one does not.

  49. maddy

    August 20th, 2014 at 4:51 am

    I’ve made this soup probably 10 times now! So good πŸ˜€

  50. bakedbree

    August 22nd, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Amazing! Thanks for letting me know, I am so glad that you like it so much.

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