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Simply Spicy Tortilla Soup

Simply Spicy Tortilla Soup

Tortilla soup is one of the most marvelous things in life. It’s got everything going for it: the lovely crunch of the tortilla chips, the oozy melted cheese, tasty Mexican flavors, the soothing comfort of a hot bowl of soup. Plus it’s great for your sinuses and your health and it’s so easy to make. It’s such a versatile soup too: it can be a nice vegetarian meal or starter, or you can add meat or seafood to it for a heartier soup. The other thing I like about tortilla soup is it helps use up those chips on the bottom of the bag that aren’t big enough for other uses (like dipping).

I made this simple soup without any meat, allowing the flavors of the tomato and the peppers to really shine through, but you can add meat if you like. I listed a whole bunch of things you could add to this soup if you want to change things up a bit.

Simply Spicy Tortilla Soup

Simply Spicy Tortilla Soup

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 of a large onion, peeled and chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3 fresh garden tomatoes, peeled and cored (about 1 lb or 2 cups after they are pureed) … canned tomatoes work too
  • 3 jalapenos, chopped (use more or less depending on how spicy you want your soup … you can substitute other peppers for the jalapenos too … use bell pepper for a milder soup, or a different hot chile pepper to vary the flavor)
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Robin Seasoning (or your favorite seasoned salt)
  • Baked or fried tortilla chips (or strips)
  • Shredded Mexican and/or queso fresco crumbles
  • Cilantro leaves
  • Optional add-ins:
    • sautee with the onion/garlic: celery, carrots, zucchini or other veggies
    • add with the tomatoes/peppers: chicken, pork, shrimp, crab, avocado, lime juice, cooked corn, cooked beans, hominy


  1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the olive oil and swirl it around, then the chopped onion and garlic. Sautee until the onion is very soft and translucent.
  2. Pour the tomatoes (with juices) into a blender and blend till smooth. Add them to the pot along with the jalapenos, broth, tomato sauce, and seasonings. Reduce heat slightly and allow the soup to simmer for about 15 – 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, to allow the peppers to cook and the flavors to meld.
  3. To serve: pour the hot soup into bowls, sprinkle with tortilla chips and cheese, then cilantro and avocado (if you like).

Simply Spicy Tortilla Soup

This recipe was shared at Totally Tasty TuesdaysNewlyweds Recipe LinkyCast Party WednesdayFull Plate Thursday, Kitchen Fun Friday, Weekend Potluck, Lifeologia’s Birthday Party Potluck, Fit & Fabulous Fridays and All my Bloggy Friends.

10 responses

  1. healthyyou72

    I agree, tortilla soup is pretty amazing! There was a restaurant in Tucson that had to-die-for tortilla soup, served with fresh homemade tortillas……OH MY GOODNESS I want some now:-) Your recipe looks hearty and delicious, perfect for the Fall temperatures!:-) Hugs, Terra

    September 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    • Ann

      oh I wish I had homemade tortillas to go with it! How awesome that would be …

      September 18, 2012 at 7:32 pm

  2. The first time I had tortilla soup, my daughter made it. It was so flavorful. This has all of the great chilis that I love! Just perfect as our weather cools down!

    September 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    • Ann

      Thanks Kate! I really love this soup … hope you do too:)

      September 18, 2012 at 7:31 pm

  3. There is nothing better than a great Tortilla Soup and your recipe looks delicious, we would just love it. Hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    September 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm

  4. Love spicy soups, I will try it this weekend. Thanks
    I m your new follower, check out my blog sometimes:)

    September 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you so much … I am so glad you stopped by … I just visited your blog and I love it!

      September 22, 2012 at 8:28 am

  5. I seriously love soup – all kinds. Pinned this to try during the cooler weather:) Just wanted to thank you for linking up last week and let you know the party is live now! I can’t wait to see what you share this week at All my Bloggy Friends!

    September 25, 2012 at 7:31 am

  6. This looks so good. Thank you for sharing this one at my b-day Potluck Party ;D

    I just must say how wonderful you are Ann and what a lovely community you’ve created her on the blog and facebook. YOU are awesome! ;D xo Ella

    September 27, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    • Ann

      Oh Ella you are SO sweet! Thank you:)

      Also thank you for letting me be part of your birthday celebration. I hope you had a wonderful and truly delicious day in every way:)

      September 27, 2012 at 12:42 pm

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