Tortilla Soup. Sort of.

More like spicy vegetable soup with a boat load of cilantro in it, but whatever.

It’s a cold fall night here (and by “cold” I mean 62 and “fall” I mean it gets dark early), so soup was way more appealing than raw vegetables.  Or oatmeal.  For some reason tortilla soup has been on my mind almost as much as wondering how Gwyneth Paltrow became an overnight culinary sensation.  I wasn’t going to solve that quandary in one evening, so I made soup.  I made it up as I went along and I didn’t measure anything.  As always, I’m precise like that.  But the way I see it, that leaves things open for your personal creative juices to flow.  Just don’t let them flow into the soup, that’s unsanitary.

some soup stuffs:

soup base
(these things are great.  they last a while and you can make 1 cup of broth at at time when you need it.  I made 8 cups)

Chopped up red & green bell peppers + some fresh garlic

Sauteed one yellow onion with the garlic

Spices – cumin, chipotle powder and cayenne pepper (probably about a tsp each)
1 can of black beans, drained

Combine all the things.  Simmer for a while.


Tortilla-ish Soup
(most measurements are approximate)

8 cups chicken broth (veggie broth would work too)
1 tsp olive oil
8 oz sliced mushrooms
1 green pepper, chopped
1 red pepper chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 can black beans, drained
1-1 1/2 C. frozen corn
1/2 C chopped jalapeno slices
1 bunch cilantro, chopped (stems too)

1.  heat olive oil in a large dutch oven or heavy stock pot.  Add garlic and onion, saute until soft.  Add peppers, mushrooms, and spices and cook a few minutes over medium heat.  If the pan looks too dry, add a little bit of the broth.

2.  Add remaining broth, black beans, corn and jalapeno slices and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer until you feel like eating it.  Mix the cilantro in right before serving.  Serve with cheese, tortillas and/or sour cream if that’s to your liking.

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4 Responses to Tortilla Soup. Sort of.

  1. lovemylabs says:

    That sounds really good. You are so creative!

  2. Joanna Jacob says:

    what do you mean it is a cold fall? Not cute.

  3. Leanne says:

    Could never get into oatmeal…so sounds like a much yummier meal.

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