Chickenless Tortilla Soup (Vegan!)

I found this awesome looking recipe for chicken tortilla soup online over the weekend, and I really wanted to give it a go. I was afraid, though, that taking the meat out of the soup would leave us with a sort of warm brothy salsa. Sean was also a little worried that the soup would be mostly broth. However, after a test go, we’ve both fallen in love with a recipe that’s sure to be our next go-to soup. The flavor is amazing, and it wasn’t too brothy at all!

Chickenless Tortilla Soup


  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 whole Large Red Onion, Diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 whole Red Bell Pepper, Stem And Seeds Removed, Then Diced
  • 1 whole Jalapeno Pepper, Stem And Seeds Removed, Then Diced
  • 1 whole Lime, Zested and Juiced
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Cilantro
  • 1 can (15 Ounce Can) Black Beans, Drained And Rinsed
  • 1 can (7-ounce Can) Diced Green Chiles
  • 1 can (14.5 Ounce Can) Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles
  • 1 cup Frozen Corn
  • 32 ounces, Vegetable Stock
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste


  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large pot.
  2. Add the onion and garlic, along with a pinch of salt, and saute for 3-4 minutes until the onions are very fragrant and they begin to soften.
  3. Add the bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, lime juice and zest, and cilantro and stir well. Cook for another 3-4 minutes until the peppers begin to soften.
  4. Add the black beans, green chilies, diced tomatoes and the corn and stir well. Cook for about 6 minutes until all of the vegetables are tender. Add the tomato paste and stir to combine.
  5. Slowly stir in the vegetable stock. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Try garnishing with avocados, sour cream, cheese (we used jalapeno monterey jack!), tortilla strips, or whatever your heart desires!

Adapted from this recipe.


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