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Vegetarian Tortilla Soup with Creative Toppings

By Thepickyeater @pickyeaterblog

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup with Creative Toppings

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

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup with Creative Toppings

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
Vegetarian Tortilla Soup with Creative Toppings

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!)

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup with Creative Toppings

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

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup with Creative Toppings

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.

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup with Creative Toppings

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

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup with Creative Toppings

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.

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup with Creative Toppings

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.

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup with Creative Toppings

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!

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup with Creative Toppings

Ideas for Serving:

Option 1: With Mexican Shredded Cheese and Avocado Salsa

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup with Creative Toppings

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?

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup with Creative Toppings

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

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup with Creative Toppings

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


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