Vegetarian Tortilla Soup with Creative Toppings

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on March 20, 2012

The husband loves tortilla soup.

He’ll often ask that I make it for dinner, but I’ve never thought that tortilla soup is that filling on its own, so I always suggest making something else – because between the two of us we can’t finish an appetizer and an entree without having tons of leftovers.

Then the husband gets disappointed, because if I don’t make it for a meal, we probably won’t end up eating tortilla soup, like, ever.

That’s because most restaurants make tortilla soup with Chicken Stock, which makes it not really veggie-friendly.

Oh and most tortilla soups aren’t that healthy because they have tons of oil added, and no veggies. So after searching for a good recipe that would be filling and veggie-friendly, I decided to try this one from 101cookbooks. The key to this recipe are all of the creative toppings/add-ins to the soup – which makes it much heartier and a more complete meal. I modified the original recipe slightly to make it a bit healthier so my modified version (and toppings I used) are below.

The Ingredients: Soup

  • 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2.5 cups vegetable broth

The Ingredients: Toppings

  • 6 corn tortillas, cut into matchstick chips
  • Olive oil spray
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup of goat cheese, crumbled
  • 30 small yellow or red grape tomatoes
  • Mexican shredded cheese blend
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • Diced yellow onion
  • Cilantro (chopped)
  • Lime juice

.

The Directions

Step 1: Tortilla Strips Spray the tortilla strips/quarters with olive oil spray and salt. Turn them out onto a baking sheet, arrange them across the pan and bake in a 350F degree oven for 10 minutes or until golden and crispy. (Mine might have taken a little longer than 10 minutes to get fully crispy). Set aside when done. (You can also just leave them in the turned-off oven to keep them warm and crispy!)

When the tortilla strips are done, they will look like this:

Perfectly baked, totally crispy, and tastes just like tortilla chips but way healthier!

Step 2: Roasted Tomatoes Halve the tomatoes lengthwise and put them in a small roasting pan, oven proof dish, or rimmed baking sheet. Spray lightly with olive oil and season with salt. Bake in a 350F degree oven for 40-45 minutes (less time if you use smaller tomatoes), or until the tomatoes are shrunken and golden around the edges. Set aside.

When the tomatoes are done, they’ll look like this:

Delicious!

Step 3: The Soup. In a big pot over medium-high heat cook the garlic and onions using 1/2 Tbsp olive oil along with a couple pinches of salt for just a minute or so. Stir in the spices and then the tomatoes. Cook down for about five minutes or so, it should thicken a bit.

Step 4: The Soup Continued. Remove from heat, add two cups of the broth and puree with a hand blender (or puree in a traditional blender). Add the remaining 0.5 cups of broth (you can add more if you want a thinner soup) and puree until smooth. Bring the soup back up to a simmer and cook for another 10 minutes. Season with salt to taste.

Step 5: Avocado Salsa. Create the “avocado salsa” by mixing the avocado, red onion, cilantro and lime juice in a bowl. Super easy and takes 2 minutes!


Ideas for Serving:

Option 1: With Mexican Shredded Cheese and Avocado Salsa

Take some soup in a bowl, top with 1 Tbsp shredded mexican cheese blend, and 1-2 Tbsp of the Avocado Salsa. This combination is great because the cheese melts into the soup, and the avocado salsa has a creaminess and a crunch that gives the soup amazing texture.

How good does that look?

Option 2: With Goat Cheese, Roasted Tomatoes, and Tortilla Strips

Top soup with 1-2 Tbsp goat cheese, a handful of roasted tomatoes, and a handful of tortilla strips.

The goat cheese makes the soup rich and creamy – kind of like a spicy creamy tomato soup. The tomatoes are perfectly tart, and the tortilla strips give it a great crunch. I liked dipping my tortilla strips in the goat cheese and the soup – it felt like a fancy take on chips and salsa!

Alternatively, you can take all of the toppings: goat cheese, tomatoes, avocado salsa, tortilla chips, and just throw them all on top of the soup. I did that for my second helping and it tasted delicious too!

Either way you eat it, this soup is absolutely perfect. Spicy, creamy, crunchy, tart – you get so many flavors in this dish your palate will be satisfied for a long time. The husband ate so much of this soup that he was totally stuffed at the end of dinner. I hope you like it as much as we did!

 

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup with Creative Toppings

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

    Soup
  • 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2.5 cups vegetable broth
  • Toppings
  • 6 corn tortillas, cut into matchstick chips
  • Olive oil spray
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup of goat cheese, crumbled
  • 30 small yellow or red grape tomatoes
  • Mexican shredded cheese blend
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • Diced yellow onion
  • Cilantro (chopped)
  • Lime juice

Directions

  1. Tortilla Strips: Spray the tortilla strips/quarters with olive oil spray and salt. Turn them out onto a baking sheet, arrange them across the pan and bake in a 350F degree oven for 10 minutes or until golden and crispy. (Mine might have taken a little longer than 10 minutes to get fully crispy). Set aside when done. (You can also just leave them in the turned-off oven to keep them warm and crispy!)
  2. Roasted Tomatoes: Halve the tomatoes lengthwise and put them in a small roasting pan, oven proof dish, or rimmed baking sheet. Spray lightly with olive oil and season with salt. Bake in a 350F degree oven for 40-45 minutes (less time if you use smaller tomatoes), or until the tomatoes are shrunken and golden around the edges. Set aside.
  3. The Soup: In a big pot over medium-high heat cook the garlic and onions using 1/2 Tbsp olive oil along with a couple pinches of salt for just a minute or so. Stir in the spices and then the tomatoes. Cook down for about five minutes or so, it should thicken a bit.
  4. The Soup Continued: Remove from heat, add two cups of the broth and puree with a hand blender (or puree in a traditional blender). Add the remaining 0.5 cups of broth (you can add more if you want a thinner soup) and puree until smooth. Bring the soup back up to a simmer and cook for another 10 minutes. Season with salt to taste.
  5. Avocado Salsa: Create the “avocado salsa” by mixing the avocado, red onion, cilantro and lime juice in a bowl. Super easy and takes 2 minutes!
  6. Ideas for Serving
  7. Option 1: With Mexican Shredded Cheese and Avocado Salsa. Take some soup in a bowl, top with 1 Tbsp shredded mexican cheese blend, and 1-2 Tbsp of the Avocado Salsa. This combination is great because the cheese melts into the soup, and the avocado salsa has a creaminess and a crunch that gives the soup amazing texture.
  8. Option 2: With Goat Cheese, Roasted Tomatoes, and Tortilla Strips. Top soup with 1-2 Tbsp goat cheese, a handful of roasted tomatoes, and a handful of tortilla strips.

Notes

Adapted from 101 Cookbooks

http://pickyeaterblog.com/vegetarian-tortilla-soup-with-creative-toppings/

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristi January 17, 2010 at 9:43 am

Yum! This is my kind of recipe. It will please the whole family.

Reply

Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 20, 2010 at 9:52 am

I’m sure you’ll love it Kristi! Let me know how it turns out! 🙂

Reply

Vegan Thyme January 17, 2010 at 10:09 am

That avocado salsa looks amazing! I subsribe to 101 also and love your twist on this!

Reply

Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 20, 2010 at 9:53 am

Thanks so much!! The avocado salsa was one of my favorite parts!

Reply

Claudia January 18, 2010 at 9:30 am

we are tortilla soup fiends in this home. Loving all the flavors and those toppings – oh do not get me started on those toppings.

Reply

Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 20, 2010 at 9:54 am

haha! Aren’t the toppings great? You can pretty much do anything with them – the soup is such a perfect base!

Reply

lululu January 27, 2010 at 7:31 am

my kind of dish apparently as there’s avacado and roast tomato! beautiful colors combination!

Reply

Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 28, 2010 at 9:55 am

thanks so much!! 🙂

Reply

easy recipes January 29, 2010 at 5:55 am

While browsing I came across your great blogsite!! I’ve added your site into my blogroll. Could you please consider add my link in your blogroll.

My site is about ‘Easy Recipes’
http://easy-picnic-recipe.blogspot.com/

Thanks in Advance!!

Reply

TheCooker March 9, 2010 at 6:52 pm

A crowd pleaser of a recipe! Bookmarked.
The salsa looks particularly delicious.

Reply

A Little Yumminess May 22, 2010 at 11:32 pm

We just a tortilla coup recipe on our blog that a friend from Mexico taught me. We will have to try this one as well.

Reply

anjalim May 22, 2010 at 11:34 pm

let me know how it turns out for you! 🙂

Reply

Dhana March 20, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I so have to stop drooling over your recipes and actually start making them {-).

Reply

Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 20, 2012 at 9:43 pm

haha!! you are so cute Dhana 🙂 you should definitely try one of my recipes! I’m sure you will love it 🙂

Reply

Parita @ myinnershakti March 21, 2012 at 4:47 am

Um…that looks delicious! I love the toppings – especially the roasted tomatoes. Making this ASAP!

Reply

Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 21, 2012 at 9:16 pm

yay!! I know you’ll love it – the roasted tomatoes are tart, gooey and delicious – the perfect topping for this soup! 🙂 Let me know how it turns out!

Reply

alka shah March 21, 2012 at 6:38 am

Hi Anjali this is alka auntie it has been long time since I have talk to you. this is great i am just getting into your cooking blog. sounds very intersting and so much healthy. can’t wait to try your recepies.

Reply

Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 21, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Hi Alka Auntie!!! It’s so good to hear from you! I hope you’re doing well 🙂 I’m so glad you like my blog!! Let me know how you like the recipes when you try them, can’t wait for you to taste them!

Reply

Magda @DayBite.com March 21, 2012 at 11:27 am

Looks and sounds delicious!
Tortilla Strips – I have never heard about them but his looks fantastic.
Your photos are great too!

Reply

Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 21, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Thanks! The tortilla strips taste just like tortilla chips – but they’re much better for dipping into the soup, and way healthier for you too! Hope you like the recipe!

Reply

Magda @DayBite.com March 22, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Yum! This is my kind of recipe. I have to try this!

Reply

Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 22, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Thanks Magda!! Hope you like it!

Reply

natural skin care treatments March 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm

wow that looks SO good. I have to try this soon. I am now craving those tomoatoes…

Reply

Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 21, 2012 at 9:17 pm

haha yay!! 🙂 Thanks so much – I’m sure you will love this recipe!

Reply

Raksha Shah April 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Hi Anjali,
I am Amee mom. Love your blog. The tortilla soup is my kind of soup. I will try it this weekend. Love Raksha Aunty

Reply

Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 20, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Hi Raksha Auntie!!! It’s so good to hear from you!! How are you? I’m so excited that you like my blog – I hope you liked the tortilla soup recipe as well when you tried it 🙂 Tell Amee I said hi, and please do stay in touch! Love you!

Reply

best fruits for health August 2, 2012 at 8:34 am

Wow! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a totally different subject but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Wonderful choice of colors!

Reply

Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 2, 2012 at 9:55 am

haha that’s awesome 🙂 Thanks!

Reply

Anna December 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

This was so good! I ate it with the goat cheese, roasted tomatoes and tortilla strips. It tasted like a spicy creamy tomato soup, and creamy tomato soup is one of my favorites! Thanks for another great recipe!

Reply

Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 11, 2012 at 10:26 am

Yaaay 🙂 So happy to hear that Anna! Creamy tomato soup is one of my favorites too – and the best part is, you don’t even need a ton of the goat cheese to give it that creamy consistency! Thanks for letting me know how this turned out!

Reply

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: