Vegan Tortilla Soup


I love to make a thick, hearty Vegan Tortilla Soup for a one-dish meal that the whole family meals.

What is in tortilla soup?

Well, it’s a traditional Mexican dish, tortilla soup is a spicy blend of tomatoes, vegetables, and crisp tortilla strips. This easy plant-powered version from Plant-Powered for Life I throw protein-rich black beans and zucchini into the mix. What’s really great is that this vegetarian tortilla soup (which is also vegan and gluten-free) relies on preserved goods, such as canned tomatoes, frozen corn, and canned beans, so you can make it year-round from your pantry.

What to serve with tortilla soup?

I think it’s a great complement for a simple sandwich, burrito, or vegetable salad for lunch or dinner.

While I am not a true expert of Mexican foodways, I do celebrate it and enjoy it regularly. However, I’d love to highlight the work of colleague Sylvia Melendez Klinger, who is an expert in Hispanic Foodways.


Vegan Tortilla Soup

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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings (1 cup per serving)
  • Diet: Vegan

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Learn how to make tortilla soup the healthy way with this best ever, easy, delicious Vegan Tortilla Soup recipe.


Tortilla Strips

  • Three 6-inch (15 cm) corn tortillas
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder


  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper, finely diced
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup (164 g) frozen corn
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 4 cups (948 ml) water
  • 1 tablespoon reduced sodium vegetable broth base
  • Two 14.5-ounce (411 g) cans diced tomatoes, with liquid
  • One 15-ounce (425 g) can black beans, with liquid (or 1¾ cups cooked, with ½ cup water)
  • 2/3 cup (37 g) plant-based cheese, optional
  • 2/3 cup (60 g) chopped green onions, white and green parts


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C).
  2. Slice the tortillas into thin strips. Place them on a baking sheet and drizzle with 2 teaspoons of olive oil, then sprinkle the chili powder on top. Bake for about 5 to 8 minutes, until brown and crisp. Remove from oven and set aside. Turn off the oven.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the soup by heating the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic, bell pepper, jalapeño, zucchini, corn, crushed red pepper, and cumin and sauté for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Add the water, broth base, tomatoes, and black beans. Stir well and cover. Simmer over medium heat for 25 to 30 minutes, until vegetables are tender.
  6. Ladle about 1 cup of soup into soup bowls, and garnish with a few tortilla strips, 1 tablespoon of plant-based cheese, and 1 tablespoon green onions. Serve immediately.
  7. Store leftover soup (without garnishes) in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat the soup and garnish with the tortilla strips, cheese, and green onions.


Instant Pot Directions: Follow steps 1-2 as directed. Starting from step 3, sauté vegetables using the sauce setting as directed in steps 3 and 4. Follow step 5, pressing the “Soup” setting. Cook according to manufacturer’s directions. Serve immediately as directed in steps 6-7.

Slow cooker Directions: Follow steps 1-2 as directed. Starting from step 3, place all soup ingredients in the container of the Slow cooker. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or on low for 8-12 hours. Cook according to manufacturer’s directions. Serve immediately as directed in steps 6-7.

Variation: Substitute cooked or canned white beans, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, or kidney beans for black beans, or use a combination.

Star Nutrients: vitamin C (40% DV), folate (12% DV), calcium (14% DV), manganese (11% DV), molybdenum (44% DV), phosphorus (10% DV), potassium (10% DV)

From Plant-Powered for Life: Eat Your Way to Lasting Health with 52 Simple Steps and 125 Delicious Recipes Copyright © 2014 Sharon Palmer

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Category: Meal, Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 148
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 263 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 21 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 5 g

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For other vegan soup recipes check out some of my favorites:

French Wild Rice Vegetable Soup
Classic Tomato Soup
Instant Pot Vegetable Barley Soup
Winter Melon Mushroom Soup with Seitan
Classic Vegan French Onion Soup

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