Tortilla soup has always been a favorite in our household and among guests. I used to make a chicken version that was delicious, but this is a healthier, vegan version of that same soup, and we think it tastes just as good! Leftovers can also be simmered until the liquid is reduced a bit, then pureed to make a wonderful bean dip!
Serves 8 (makes 16 cups)
Active time: 45 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Total time: 1 hr
Serving Suggestions: Enjoy this flavor-filled soup with tortilla chips, quesadillas, or corn bread.
What you'll need:
- 2 TBLS canola oil
- 1 cup chopped onion OR 1 TBLS powdered onion
- 1 TBLS minced garlic OR 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 cup flour OR all purpose Gluten-Free flour
- 8 cups vegetable broth
- 8oz can tomato sauce
- 2, 15.5oz cans great northern or navy beans, rinsed and drained
- 7oz can chopped green chilies
- 1-2 jalapeños (depending on your family's level of heat tolerance), seeded and finely diced/minced*
- 11/2 cups diced red bell pepper
- 1 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1, 15.5oz can red kidney beans (dark or light), rinsed and drained
- 1, 14.5oz can diced tomatoes with juices
- 3/4 loose cup chopped fresh cilantro
- tortilla chips, broken into bite-sized pieces as garnish (optional)
What you'll do:
- In a large stockpot over medium heat cook oil, onion, and garlic, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender translucent, about 5 min.--watch carefully near the end, move onto the next step if the garlic begins to brown).
- Add flour to oil, onion, and garlic mixture. Sstir it in well with a wire whisk. Cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture forms a golden brown roux, about 3-4 minutes.
- Add broth, tomato sauce, white beans, chiles, peppers, and spices. Increase heat to medium high and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium low, add kidney beans and tomatoes. Simmer for 5 min. (Note: kidney beans are reserved for this step because adding too early can cause them to become too soft and split open.)
- Stir in cilantro just prior to serving.
Time tip: Use powdered garlic and onion and skip the first 2 steps.
This is also a very easy meal to chop while you wait for things to cook or boil.
*Note: If you'd like to offer a mild soup with more "heat" as an option--mince the jalapeños finely, add half to the soup, and put the other half in a dish on the side for people to add to their bowl as desired.