Monday, March 21, 2011

Black bean tortilla soup

Happy Meatless Monday to ya'! Hope you all had a great weekend. So despite the fact that I live here in sunny Southern California, it has been pretty rainy, and a little colder lately, and I have totally been in soup mode. And so, my black bean tortilla soup was born. It is super deliciousness. Think flavor explosion people. And the crunchy tortilla chips and creamy avocado just top it all of perfectly. But gets even better. Using the leftover soup I came up with a black bean queso dip that was maybe one of the best bean dips I have had. It was such a great way to use leftover soup! The bonus black bean queso recipe will be listed at the bottom, why, oh just because I love ya. :) 
Have a fab meatless Monday and make something plant based tonight!

Black bean tortilla soup
serves 6-8

What you need:
4 shallots
6 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
12 cups of water
4 vegan vegetable bouillon cubes (Rapunzel brand NO SALT added is great)
 4 15-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
7-8 corn tortillas, cut into smaller pieces
 lime wedges, sliced avocado, fresh cilantro,  and crushed tortilla chips for garnish

Making the soup:
In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil, and saute the shallot and garlic for a few minutes until softened. Add all the rest of the ingredients except the garnishes, and simmer for about 25 min.  Using an immersion blender blend the soup until smooth, or blend in batches in your blender. Taste the soup and add any additional salt if needed. 

ladle into a soup bowl, and garnish each bowl with a squeeze of fresh lime, sliced avocado, crushed tortilla chips and a few sprigs of cilantro.

Black bean queso dip:
Fill a soup bowl with a few cups of black bean soup. Add about 1/4 cup of hummus, 1/4 cup of pico de gallo, 1/4 cup nutritional yeast, and sliced black olives. Squeeze fresh lime on the top and garnish with cilantro. Serve with chips for dipping.


  1. I LOVE TORTILLA SOUP! This dish looks so delicious.

  2. Yum! This looks delicious, especially for this rainy cali weather. Im excited for the black bean dip- i love dips!

  3. This looks yummy, it is a rainy day in Phoenix so soup is perfect!

  4. YUMMY!

    Great job, it looks fantastic!!

    Blessings, Debra
    Raw Vegan Diet

  5. I think you made this just for me ;-)

    you know this is like my most favorite soup in the world!!! I need to start printing your recipes from your blog to keep in my box in the kitchen. Actually, I am doing it right after I post this comment! So amazing looking!

    I am bugging out already about hospital food. I have some meal standards mapped out, and stocking up on coconut water, haha. I need some Morgan in my life then, not sure if Michael can handle the challenge of bringing me healthy veg eats when Ella arrives!

    Love yah, girl xxoo

  6. Mmmm yum. I hope you are planning on making some delish vegan meals with me in St G!!!

  7. I've been in soup and tortilla mood! The soup sounds exactly like what I need!

  8. Black Olives on top! Another stroke of genius!

  9. This looks really yummy. I think I'm going to try and make it! I could really go for some soup right now.

    I just started my blog :) If you can check it out!

  10. I just made this and it's delicious but all of Morgan's recipes are fabulous.

  11. This soup is full of all sorts of delicious spices... love it! Also like that you've included printable recipes... very handy.

  12. I LOVE tortilla soup & I loveLOVE black bean soup. :) This looks fantastic!

  13. did you make your own tortilla chips?

  14. Thank you all so much! And for those of you who have made it and liked it AWESOME!

    @Kim- No, I didnt make my own for this. I used a good organic brand that I love.

  15. Your timing is impeccable with this recipe- My dad will be coming home for Passover, and I wanted to cook him up something special. This sounds like his kind of soup, so [sans tortillas this time around, perhaps] it would be perfect!

  16. made this last week, halved the recipe since there were only two of us...SO YUMMY!! there are these new "hint of lime" tortilla chips that are at safeway, so instead of the fresh lime we just killed two birds w/ these chips. it was delicious. and we had leftovers for another little meal!

  17. Awesome Kelly! SO glad you enjoyed the soup!

  18. What a wealth of great recipes! Thanks, I can't wait to try some of them!


  19. I made this tonight, it was delicious and full of flavor! Thanks for the recipe!

    I would just recommend to anyone who uses a blender: make sure you only fill it half full and cover the top with a towel and hold the top firmly on as you blend so it doesn't explode from the steam. If you have someone to help you, have one person push the button and the other use two hands to hold the top on.

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