Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

March/April 2010

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“Tortilla soup has a place, I feel, in practically every collection of Mexican recipes,” says Rick Bayless. This is a vegetarian version of the classic soup, usually made with chicken. Earthy dark pasilla chile flavors the soul-satisfying broth. (Recipe adapted from Rick Bayless.)

"I made this soup last night and it has great flavor but needed a little something. I did not have tofu or epazote so I added black beans, corn, carrots, and hot sauce (which gave it that extra little kick)! It was looking pretty thin so I...
Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

14 Reviews for Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

Tweak it and it's the best soup you'll ever make

I always read through the comments on recipes and in this case I'm sure glad I did. Here's what I did different (it sounds like a lot but really it's not):
--28oz can fire-roasted tomatoes instead of the 14oz. Later when adding the rest of the liquid, I did 4c veggie broth and 2c water.
--while stirring the puree to thicken, I added chipolte powder, chili power, cumin, and salt (didn't measure, just put some in)
--once simmering, added 1 can black beans and a bell pepper (next time I'll add corn too)

Mexican flavors
Great taste and easy to modify

I made some modifications based on what I had on hand and this a hit with my family. I used Chipotle chili powder instead of the chili mixture and pressed, marinated (in lime juice & seasonings) and pan fried the tofu cut into smaller squares. What time I saved on the chilis I spent on the tofu but it was worth it. I added other vegetables, reduced the amount of kale and used vegetable broth, but also added concentrated vegetable bullion (Better than Bullion) and added lime juice to the soup rather than serving lime wedges with the soup.

Wonderfully simple flavors

I made this recipe for the second time tonight and I made a few adjustments. First I used 3 dried New Mexico chiles and 1 dried chipotle pepper instead of anchos. I liked the extra heat, flavor and smokiness. I try to avoid too much soy/tofu, so I used 1/2 cup dried kidney bean and 1/2 cup corn instead (I obviously cooked the beans ahead of time, and honestly I would have preferred black beans,but didn't have any on hand). I used a mix of kale and red Swiss chard, but really any greens you like will work well. I added 1/4cup cilantro with the greens too. I really love avocado, so I used 2 total, so each serving had 1/4 avocado. I had a nice organic smokehouse jack on hand, so I used that too and it really enhanced the rich smokey flavor from the fire roasted tomatoes and the chipotle pepper.

I really enjoyed this recipe the second time around. I think it is very important to allow the tomato mixture to completely thicken to the texture of tomato paste (which takes A LOT longer than the 6min noted in the recipe) and then you must also let it simmer for at least 30min after you add the water and broth.

Quick and easy
Tortilla soup with kidney beans and corn
Awesome Soup

I mistakenly only used six cups of no-chicken broth (and no water) and found that even six cups of broth was too much. It watered down the chile puree. I compensated for taste by adding chilli powder, cumin, and a packet of Goya Sazon Achiote. I did not want to use tofu and greens and added black beans and corn instead- and with the tortilla chips, avocado, and cheese, it was so good. My take away from making this soup is understanding that the four cups of broth and four cups of water is too much. Next time, if using the eight cups of liquid, I will double the negro chiles and canned diced tomatoes.

Great taste, easy to make
Good, but needs a little something more

I followed the recipe except for the epazote, which I couldn't find anywhere. I substituted about a tablespoon of cilantro in place of it. It had decent flavor, but needed something more as I found it very bland. Next time, I would add at least one more chile, another clove or two of garlic, salt and probably some carrots and zucchini.

Decent taste

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