Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tortilla Soup - A Vegan Taste of Mexico



Tortilla soup is probably the most basic Mexican soup you can have. It's basically a chicken and tomato-based soup garnished with various toppings. In this recipe, I use a faux chicken bouillon base that you would never know is vegan. Depending on the garnishes, this soup can be as healthy as it is delicious.

For toppings, I use fresh chopped herbs and veggies and skip the more traditional shredded or crumbled cheese that can add quite a bit of fat and cholesterol to this otherwise healthy dish. You can serve this soup as a starter or as a main dish, depending on how many tortilla strips and toppings you use. Either way, there's a good chance you'll be asked for seconds.

Here is the recipe:

2 tablespoons canola oil
1 yellow onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, peeled
2 ripe medium-small tomatoes, roasted or boiled, cored and peeled OR 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
1 1/2 quarts faux chicken broth (made by mixing 1 1/2 quarts boiling water with 2 tbsp. Better Than Bouillon Vegetarian No Chicken Base)
Salt to taste
Tortilla chips/strips
Fresh chopped cilantro, for garnish
Fresh thinly-sliced green cabbage, for garnish
Fresh finely chopped radishes, for garnish
Fresh chopped avocado, for garnish
Red chili flakes
Lime wedges



In a medium size skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of canola oil over medium-low heat. Add onion and whole garlic cloves and fry until both are a deep golden-brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Scoop into a blender jar or food processor, add the tomato and process until smooth.

Heat the other tablespoon of canola oil in the same skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add the tomato mixture and stir constantly until thick and considerably darker, about 5 minutes. Scrape into a large saucepan.

Stir the broth into the tomato mixture, partially cover and simmer for 1/2 hour over medium-low heat. Season with salt to taste.

Place a handful of tortilla strips into a soup bowl and ladle the hot soup over them. (If you want to make your soup even healthier, use baked tortilla chips with no added oil.) Add as much or as little garnish and red pepper flakes as you like. Do squeeze some lime juice into your soup, as the lime brings out the flavors of the soup. I like to pile the veggies into my soup and eat it as my main dish!

You can easily double or triple this recipe and freeze the leftovers ... it's a great soup for a rainy day or when you're feeling under the weather, as it is a basic vegetarian broth soup. Just remember not to freeze the chips or garnishes in the soup ... add these to the hot soup right before you serve it.

I hope that you enjoy my veganized version of traditional Mexican tortilla soup!

Buen provecho!

The Vegan Voice


44 comments:

  1. Sounds good!I like it!Thans for sharing the recipe!

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  2. I love that photo of all of your soup toppings - yum! I'll definitely have to give your recipe a try; the last time I made vegan tortilla soup it didn't turn out very well, so this sounds great!

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  3. tortilla soup is a favorite for me, so i commend you for making a version that vegans can also enjoy!

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  4. Great soup Prima! Wondrful bold flavors and I love the colors as well. I've used the faux bouillion it is very good. Awesome post.

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  5. I love Tortilla Soup, it was always one of my favorite's from Wolfgang Pucks Take out in Orlando, sprinkled with some goat cheese a loaf of bread and I was a very happy boy!!
    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. and for your continued support.....most of all for leading me to BloggerAid
    All The Best!!
    Dennis

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  6. Oh how I love tortilla soup! This looks like a great version, we'll give it a try for sure.

    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

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  7. A wonderfully delicious tortilla soup!

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  8. wow that looks absolutely divine! I think I might have to try it! Sounds better then the recipe I usually make!

    xo

    Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Looks excellent! I love the garnishes on the side - this way everyone can spice up their own as they like.

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  10. What a great quick soup. It looks delicious. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  11. Glad y'all enjoyed the recipe!

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  12. this is my favorite thing to order at any mexican restaurant....thanks for the recipe. i can't wait to try it! also thanks for following my blog. i'm looking forward to reading your posts as well!

    Kate a' la Southern Belle Simple

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  13. Beautiful color and it's vegan too, really yummy and healthy soup...

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  14. Hi Nancy, thanks for stopping by today. I don't follow many food blogs, so this is a great opportunity for me to expand my horizons a bit. :)

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  15. Living in New Mexico means I am always on the look out for new ways to make traditional Mexican dishes. Thanks for posting this delicious version of Chicken Tortilla Soup! I can't wait to try it!

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  16. Love tortilla soup!!!This onelooks awesome and easy:)

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  17. I'm so excited to try this! When I stayed in Mexico two years ago, the soups were my absolute favorite feature of each dinner. This looks marvelous! :-)

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  18. tortilla soup is one of those soups i have been dying to try to make. it's so hearty and fulfilling, yet has a nice tang to it from the lime juice. i bet it was a big hit!

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  19. Oh I think I'll love this, especially that' it's vegetarian, I am not very familiar with Mexican cuisine other than things you see everywhere. Beautiful color too, and you know how I love colors in my plate! sounds delicious

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  20. oh my goodness this looks so ridiculously delicious!!
    i'm always looking for a good soup recipe!!
    must make this asap! YUM!

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  21. This looks very delicious. I have never made a tortilla soup. I can hardly wait until tomatoes are in season so I can make my own sauces. I'll have to pick up some of that vegetarian no chicken base. My sister is vegetarian and I usually just use water or vegetable stock.

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  22. Ok - this needs to stop.

    I can attest that this dish is delicious, as are the others posted by the "Vegan Voice". As her husband I am lucky enough to be able to eat them all.

    However, I don't like providing all these recipes for free - they are too good! You need to put together a book and sell them!!!

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  23. Anonymous...AKA...Harper B...work with me, not against me. I'm trying to keep her on. Please!

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  24. This soup is so hearty and delicious-i love this is vegan n delicious together and ur combis are fantastic ....
    cheers and have a super day....

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  25. Wow, that looks delicious! Thanks for finding me, so I could find you!

    LOVE veggies, so I know I'll love your blog!!!

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  26. Fantastic! I bet it would be super with the avocado on top. Love vegan soup

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  27. Love tortilla soup!! Yours looks beautiful!!!

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  28. That looks really good!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog too :)

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  29. Oh, we love Tortilla soup! I need to try your recipe now.

    PS: We love Better Than Bouillon around here. And avocado & lime, yes!! Mmm. Is it lunch time yet?

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  30. Tortilla soup is awesome! It's light, but full of flavor, and the crispy tortillas are the best.

    Thanks so much for the award!

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  31. Love tortilla soup and your adapted version! Really to have a buen provecho after eating it, because it must be delicious.

    Cheers,

    Gera

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  32. Oooh scrumptious! I love the flavors in this and I love that it has no meat!
    I'm a huge fan of Mexican flavors!

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  33. So fresh and vibrant! And very delicious. It's fun to eat too with all those toppings!

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  34. great recipe..love this soup, simple yet so sastifying

    sweetlife

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  35. I had this last night - it was fantastic.

    The funny thing is although it is "vegan" I never thought about that or noticed it while eating - I just was thinking it was delicious.

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  36. The color and the taste is fabulous! Love to have it!

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  37. Hey Nancy & Lazaro, I love Mexican tortilla soup-yours looks wonderful, and I love that it is vegan. I also have Better Than Bouillon in the fridge-it is a great product. In fact, I've become pretty reliant on it for healthful soups with good flavor...

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  38. I could use some hot Tortilla Soup right now!!!

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  39. Nice! Look forward trying your efforts!

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