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Mexican Tortilla Soup

This Mexican Tortilla Soup is bursting with flavor and also happens to be completely vegan and oil-free.

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This very simple yet substantial warm vegan soup combines whole-grain bulgur with assorted beans and spices for a hearty main dish.

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We love Mexican soup because it’s…

  • Hearty
  • Full of flavor
  • Healthy
  • Packed with fiber
  • Vegan
  • Oil-free

Ingredients in a Mexican soup

This Mexican soup combines a host of tasty ingredients that make this a warm and hearty meal. It can even be made in a crockpot, so you can come home after work to a wonderful smelling house and have dinner on the table in minutes.

How to make Mexican soup

The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.

If using canned beans, drain and rinse them in a colander. Set to the side. I use pinto, black, northern, and kidney beans. You can use any variety preferred.

mixed beans in white colander

Freshly cooked beans or canned work well. You don’t even have to mix them if you don’t want to. One type of bean for the whole recipe will work just fine.

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In a large stockpot, saute the onions and garlic in about 3 Tbsp of the veggie broth. Add more broth or water if needed until lightly browned.

Add all other ingredients to the pot and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and allow to cook, stirring occasionally, for approximately 25-30 minutes.

stockpot with beans, tomatoes, and spices

What is bulgur for?

Bulgur is a whole wheat grain that is cooked exactly like rice in about 15 minutes. For this recipe, it will cook while the rest of the soup cooks.

I like to add it to this recipe because bulgur adds a ground beef texture and soaks up flavors. However, it can be completely left out of this recipe if desired. If you’re a fan of bulgur like I am, check out these deliciously hearty Bulgur Recipes.

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While the soup is cooking, it’s time to prepare the toasted tortillas.

To do this, simply choose some oil-free tortillas to slice into strips. Place on a baking sheet in a single layer and toast until lightly browned. I place mine on parchment paper to prevent sticking on 400°F for about 5-8 minutes.

whole wheat tortilla sliced with pizza cutter

When the soup is ready, top with my tofu sour cream if desired and chopped chives along with the toasted tortilla slices. Sliced avocado and lime wedges are a great way to knock this over the top.

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*Originally published January 2017.

Your Mexican Soup Questions Answered:

  • Q: Is this soup spicy? It doesn’t have to be spicy at all. Simply adjust the red pepper flakes or chilis or leave them out completely.
  • Q: Can this be made gluten-free? Absolutely. Just leave out the bulgur and tortilla strips, and it will be gluten-free.
  • Q: Where can I find oil-free tortillas? If you would like to make your own oil-free tortillas, this is an easy recipe. Engine 2 and Ezekiel also have no-oil brands. There may be more, but those are the 2 I’m aware of.
  • Q: Can I make this in a crockpot? Yes, simply start with step #1 draining and rinsing canned beans. I completely skip sauteing the onions and garlic because they become quite flavorful just by being allowed to cook longer in the slow cooker. Add all ingredients to crockpot and allow to cook on low for 3 hours. Then, follow the last 2 steps of the recipe.

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Hearty Mexican Tortilla Soup

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This Mexican Tortilla Soup is bursting with flavor and also happens to be completely vegan and oil-free.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. If using canned beans, drain and rinse them in a colander. Set to the side. I like to use pinto, black, northern, and kidney beans. You can use any variety preferred. Freshly cooked beans or canned work well. You don't even have to mix them if you don't want to. One type of bean for the whole recipe will work just fine.
  2. In a large stockpot, saute the onions and garlic in about 3 Tbsp of the veggie broth. Add more broth or water if needed until lightly browned.
  3. Add all other ingredients to the pot and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and allow to cook, stirring occasionally, for approximately 25-30 minutes.
  4. While the soup is cooking, it's time to prepare the toasted tortillas. To do this, simply choose some oil-free tortillas to slice into strips. Place on a baking sheet in a single layer and toast until lightly browned. I place mine on parchment paper to prevent sticking on 400°F for about 5-8 minutes.
  5. When the soup is ready, top with my tofu sour cream if desired and chopped chives along with the toasted tortilla slices. Sliced avocados are a great way to knock this over the top.
  6. Crockpot directions below.

Notes

Crockpot Instructions:

To make this in a crockpot, start with step #1 draining and rinsing canned beans. I completely skip sauteing the onions and garlic because they become quite flavorful just by being allowed to cook longer in the slow cooker. Add all ingredients to crockpot and allow to cook on low for 3 hours. Then, follow the last 2 steps of the recipe.

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 2 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 324Total Fat: 4.5gCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 14gSugar: 22gProtein: 12.3g

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Diane

Sunday 27th of March 2022

Why no anchovies in the Worchester sure sauce that’s very difficult to find, does it alter the taste greatly of the soup?

Terri Edwards

Monday 28th of March 2022

Hi Diane- Anchovies aren't plant-based, but you could sub out soy sauce or amino acids for the Worcestershire sauce.

Marie C.

Saturday 22nd of January 2022

This soup is delicious! I was looking for a plant based recipe to try Bulgur, and this scored big with my husband and me. I used half a package of mixed beans (minus their packet of seasonings) so I quick soaked the beans and cooked the soup in my Instant Pot. I also added one carrot and 2 stalks of celery, diced. Other than that, I followed your ingredients. I'll be making this again. Thanks!

Terri Edwards

Saturday 22nd of January 2022

Hi Marie- I am so glad that you liked it! Adding the carrot and celery also sounds great.

Lori

Wednesday 19th of January 2022

How many cups is a serving ?

Terri Edwards

Wednesday 19th of January 2022

Hi Lori- This makes approximately 12 cups total, so a serving should be about 2 cups.

Maribeth

Saturday 19th of September 2020

Terri, I just made this and it is delicious! Thank you for introducing me to bulgar as the texture is so much like meat. So far every one of your recipes I’ve tried are winners!

Terri Edwards

Saturday 19th of September 2020

Hi Maribeth- Bulgur was a gamechanger for us too. I bet you'll find all kinds of new recipes to use it in. So glad that you enjoyed this recipe!

Anne Breedlove

Monday 15th of June 2020

Thank you Terri for this recipe! I will have this as my go to recipe for an easy, quick, and healthy meal to warm me up on a rainy day. I did add some diced green pepper, diced carrot, and diced zucchini, and a splash of Green Dragon Sauce. It was my first time using Bulgur and I am so pleasantly surprised as it does give it a wonderful consistency.

Terri Edwards

Monday 15th of June 2020

Hi Anne- I'm so glad you liked this soup. Bulgur is an amazing grain, and I hope you will find lots of uses for it. I have a bulgur category for recipes if you want to check out some other dishes to use it in. https://eatplant-based.com/bulgur-wheat-recipes/

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