Tortilla Soup

11 Reviews / 4.7 Average
This homemade Tortilla Soup takes no time at all to make and makes enough to have leftovers. Be sure to top it with some sour cream, avocado, and fresh cilantro! It's the perfect recipe if you're looking for Mexican-inspired dishes.
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Homemade Tortilla Soup in a cup topped with avocado, sour cream, and a little cilantro.

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I love soups because they’re an easy way to get in a lot of vegetables, and they are usually awesome leftover (whether they’ve been in the fridge or freezer). I am a big fan of serving easy dinners on busy weeknights and there is nothing easier than defrosting some soup out of your very own freezer. I especially love this soup because it comes with so many “accessories.” You could certainly eat it plain, but it is amazing how the flavor suddenly changes when you pile avocado, grated cheese, sour cream, and cilantro on top. We even sometimes toast tortillas (to make them crunchy like chips) and throw them in the mix as well.

This is also a great dish to serve this week if you are participating in our third real food mini-pledge. Even though this dish is meatless it would still be great if you wanted to add a little raw chicken when you sauté the veggies (or even some leftover cooked meat at the end). Just like most of the recipes I post this one is super flexible. If you don’t have or like zucchini then use a different vegetable instead. If you randomly find a half container of mushrooms in your fridge…throw them in. Get creative and use what you have on hand to make this dish easy and budget-friendly!

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  1. 5 stars
    This is a Favorite dish! I like to do 2 meatless meals a week and this fits the bill. We eat this with a small cheese and veggie sandwich. Perfect for a quick easy dinner. Thank you.

  2. 3 stars
    I’ve been staring at this recipe for a long time and I finally got to try it. It was a good start, but I had to increase the spices and herbs a bit because I thought it was bland. I used mild green chili peppers because I like that flavor (Poblano, Pasilla, or Anaheim) but next time I’ll use something hotter; I increased the garlic to 4 cloves, the chili powder to 2 teaspoons; used 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 3/4 teaspoon black pepper; I removed the 8 ounces of tomato sauce to reduce the acidity; and I added 1/2 pound of shredded chicken and a can of pinto beans. Roasting the corn helped bring out the corn flavor, too.

    I’ll keep adjusting until I get it just right for our house.

  3. Is this recipe supposed to have chicken in it? It looks like it does in the picture but it’s not listed on the ingredients.

    1. Oh nevermind. I see at the top you say it is meatless. I think what I am seeing is shredded cheese? I thought maybe it was shredded chicken.

  4. 5 stars
    A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I never have to be sad about skipping Qdoba again. Thank you! I’ve been trying lots of your recipes, and they all have been great.
    I used the stem of a broccoli instead of zucchini, and added chicken (chic & broth were from slow cooker recipe). We topped with cheese, bean tortilla chips, cilantro, green onion, and sour cream.yummmy!

  5. I’m sorry, I don’t understand. There are NO tortillas in this Tortilla Soup. :( I printed the recipe added ingredients to shopping list with a bunch of other recipes, so I wasn’t paying attention. Then I’m making this the other night and there are no tortillas in tortilla soup. I will say the soup is delicious. I added shredded chicken and my husband said it’s the best soup I’ve made so far. But seriously, please call it something else. When my kids picked this out for their school lunches they thought they were getting something else. They were quite disappointed.

  6. 5 stars
    Made this last night for dinner and it was great. I combined it with grilled chicken and whole wheat quinoa (my boys complain if it’s not “filling”). It was a hit!!

  7. OMG this was even more delicious than I expected. SOOOOO yummy! Will definitely be adding this to the family rotation. Thank you so much for this recipe Lisa!!!

  8. I have a recipe that uses taco seasoning and ranch seasoning mix. I used to use the packets but have switched to making my own taco and ranch mixes. It also calls for black and pinto beans, carrots and chicken.

  9. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was VERY good!! Everyone loved it!! Made a few changes because I did not have some of the ingredients. I had no corn or zucchini so I added chicken(from your chicken crockpot recipe), two celery sticks, 1 carrot, and black beans. We topped with avocado, cheese, cilantro, and tortilla chips!

  10. 5 stars
    Made this for the first time and everyone in the family loved it. It’s a great way to have lots of veggies for dinner that my boys won’t complain about eating. Even my husband who isn’t a big soup lover commented that this is one he could look forward to eating again. I’ll be freezing the leftovers for busy school nights.

  11. 5 stars
    My 8 year old and I made this together today and the whole family loved it. It is so delicious and easy and we will definitely be making it again! My husband and I loved how many veggies there were.

  12. This soup sounds great. Will have to try it for kids’ lunches. How should I freeze leftover soup? Any special containers I should use? Any other ideas of how to best freeze leftover soup?

  13. By tomato sauce, do you mean pasta sauce? And can you suggest an alternative for poultry seasoning? I live in the Netherlands and can’t seem to find that here.

    1. If you search “poultry seasoning substitute” you’ll find a bunch of recommendations. Here’s one:

      I’m not sure the exact difference between “tomato sauce” and “pasta sauce”. Generally, tomato sauce is a small 8 oz can of sauce. It’s very smooth. I generally think of pasta sauce as thicker and more seasonings. I’m sure a basic pasta sauce would work if that’s all you have. Here’s an example of a tomato sauce commonly avilable in the US:

  14. 5 stars
    I have made this several times and my whole family loves it (including a picky 3 year old). It’s also a great meal to double and either freeze the leftovers or share with a friend. We don’t care for stewed tomatoes so we just do extra tomato sauce and it is perfect! Adding all the garnishes (sour cream, shredded cheese, avocado & tortilla chips) really completes it! Thanks for the great recipe!

  15. 5 stars
    My husband and I absolutely loved this. I must emphasize that my meat-loving husband absolutely loved this. Topped with a lot of cilantro (my fav).

  16. 4 stars
    This is really good! I only gave it 4 stars because I had to add quite a bit more seasoning at the end for our tastes, but after that it was perfect! The only thing I did different is puree the tomatoes and other veggies because my husband has texture issues with veggies – just added the corn after. Topped with shredded cheddar, avocado, and sour cream. Yum!

    1. Oh- I forgot! I also added chicken that we had left from our best whole chicken in a crockpot earlier this week. :)

  17. Hi! Thanks for the inspiration. I made this soup without hot peppers or zucchini, and I added chicken. I found it to be a little bland, so I added a bit of pesto. Amazing! Garnished with avocado was even better– great idea.
    I’m in college, just cooking for myself; I made this batch of soup over two weeks ago, froze half of it, and it has lasted me this long! Still tastes just as good reheated on the stove.

  18. Delicious recipe. However, I question using canned tomatoes and canned tomato sauce – they are processed foods, correct?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hello Angela. Yes, certainly they are processed to varying degrees depending on brand and type. But, you can find those that are minimally processed and have only a few ingredients. Pomi makes strained and chopped tomatoes that come in cardboard boxes if you like to avoid cans all together. They have one ingredient: tomatoes. However, you could also use fresh tomatoes that you prepare yourself. ~Amy

  19. I made this for dinner this week with the cheese quesadillas. We loved it!Even my husband, which suprised me honestly. I planned on leftovers for my lunch, but there were none. Super yummy.

  20. This soup was delicious! Just have to say recently I was introduced to the necessity of having ham stock on hand. I used mine to make a soup with some of the left over ham and added the spaghetti from a baked spaghetti squash and it was absolutely Devine. I just had to share this fabulous soup with someone!

  21. I “roasted” my corn before adding it to the garlic. Cook the corn in a hot pan until the natural sugars start to caramelize a bit, set it aside until you need to add it in with the veg mixture. A bit more smokey flavor that gives that extra layer of flavor. Fire roasted tomatoes are a plus too. Thanks for the amazing recipes!

  22. This soup was a big hit in our house! Even in the summer, it was lovely to have for dinner. I left out the hot peppers and added a can of black beans. A delicious vegetarian dinner, and we did serve it with the recommended garnishes and some low-salt tortilla chips (from EarthFare). This recipe is a keeper in our house!

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      I don’t think a crock pot would be hot enough for the sauteing portion of the recipe.

  23. Made this last night, added black beans, it was so delicious (and easy)! Thanks for the recipe :)
    Also to Brooke- my boyfriend also doesn’t like stewed tomatoes so I got a can of diced tomatoes and put them in the blender. A different consistency than sauce, and my soup turned out great.

  24. Just made this for dinner tonight!!!! WOW! I added mushrooms to the pot. Topped it off with cilantro, sour cream, and cheddar cheese. Even my 6yr old commplimented me on dinner tonight. Husband loved it!!!! And the best part enough leftovers for another meal.

  25. It’s extra good if you add some lime juice. My husband made a variation on this soup last night, and I ate mine over rice — I tossed some brown rice in the rice cooker with lime juice, cumin, cilantro, and tomato sauce. Super yummy, and it made the soup more filling.

  26. SO INCREDIBLY GOOD! Amazing flavor! I doubled the recipe, and used just ONE serrano pepper, and it added just enough depth and hotness to not be overbearing (I’m not a big spicy fan). I also added a can of black beans to add a protein and it was perfect! SO glad I made a huge batch!

  27. I ran across this recipe and it looked so good that I fixed it a half hour later for dinner. Delicious! And so easy and cheap. Thanks!

  28. I took one look at this after I made it and thought that there was no way that I wanted to eat it! But then I did and it was fantastic! Thanks for the recipe!

  29. Tortilla soup without tortillas? Usually you’d tear stale corn tortillas into strips and put them into the bowls before you ladle in the soup. They soften and act like noodles… But this recipe and the garnishes sound wonderful!