Vegan Tortilla Soup

If there is a cuisine I am partial to after Indian, it is definitely Mexican. I think its to do with the common spices in the cuisines. I tasted tortilla soup for the first time at Qdoba and the myriad of flavors was quite intriguing. That’s when I thought it cant be too difficult  to make this at home and I was right. With just a few ingredients, this aromatic soup can be prepared in 30 minutes. You can make this with just tomatoes or add other vegetables. I usually like to blend the vegetables to give a smooth texture to the soup.

Home made Mexican seasoning ( source: about.com)

1/4 cup dried oregano

3 tablespoons red chili powder

2 teaspoons cumin powder

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 pinch ground cloves

1 pinch ground cinnamon

Method

Mix all the ingredients well and store in an airtight container. This seasoning mix can be used for tacos, salad dressings, soups.

Ingredients for tortilla soup

1 can tomatoes with juice ( I used fire roasted tomatoes)

1 medium onion chopped

3 cloves garlic chopped

1 jalapeno

3 cups water

3 cups veggie broth

2 cups of vegetables ( I used kale, carrot and red peppers)

2 teaspoons Mexican seasoning ( I used store bought seasoning from the bulk section of my local store)

2 teaspoons olive oil

Salt

Topping

1 avocado diced into small cubes
1 flour tortilla for tortilla strips or store bought tortilla strips

Method for Tortilla soup

1. Heat oil in a pot big enough to hold the soup.

2. Once oil is hot, add onions, garlic and jalapeno and cook it for 10 minutes.

3. Add vegetables and sauté for 5 minutes.

4. Blend the vegetables, onion, jalapeno and garlic with the tomatoes. Make sure to blend to a smooth consistency.

5. Transfer the blended mixture into the pot and cook for 5 minutes.

6. Add water, broth, salt and seasoning and mix well.

7. Bring it to a boil.

8. Serve topped with avocado and tortilla strips.

Method for Tortilla strips

1. Pre heat oven to 350F.

2. Brush olive oil on tortilla and cut into1/2 inch strips and bake for 10 minutes.

3. Alternatively, you can deep fry the cut tortilla.

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2 thoughts on “Vegan Tortilla Soup

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