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Tortilla-free Tortilla Soup (GF)

As I’m typed the title of this soup, I realized that I forgot something inherent to the success of a tortilla soup…

The tortillas.

I forgot to put the tortillas in the tortilla soup. Okay, confession time. I forgot to eat the tortillas too. So maybe this is just soup that you may or may not choose to eat with tortillas. But it still is delicious, and filled with the Mexican flavors typically found in tortilla soup, and well, you should try it. Tortillas or not.

Tortilla Soup (Tortillas Optional)


1 yellow onion, chopped
1 t olive oil
2 cans whole roasted green chilies (remove skin before using)
1 zucchini, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
3 c whole canned tomatoes
3 T chili powder
1 T vegan Worcestershire sauce
1 T cumin
1 t oregano
3 c chicken stock
1 c frozen corn
1-1 1/2 c black beans
Shredded chicken from one small rotisserie chicken

1. SautΓ© the onion in 1 t olive oil. When they are translucent, add the green chillies, garlic and zucchini.

2. After the zucchini is tender, add the remaining ingredients except the corn and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the tomatoes are cooked through and disseminated throughout the soup. Add the corn and cooked black beans, bring back to a boil. Finally, add the shredded chicken, make sure it is warm throughout and serve.

39 thoughts on “Tortilla-free Tortilla Soup (GF) Leave a comment

  1. Tortilla soup is one of my favorites and not even because of the tortillas. I have been on a soup kick. This might even work in our tiny kitchen πŸ™‚ When I get back to Chicago I am going to go on a cooking/baking binge!


  2. Mmm yes please! This sounds delicious esp with avocado and Greek yogurt on top πŸ™‚ I love the sweet potato tortilla chips that have become so popular these days…bet they would taste great with this!


    • Great question, and I should have included this in the post. I like things SPICY. Really really hot. And then I add Frank’s Red Hot to this, which definitely clears out my sinuses. But if you don’t like things spicy, I’d reduce to one can. Also, the addition of the tortillas helps with the spice too.


  3. This made me chuckle–I am totally guilty of posting a recipe where I accidentally left out one of the ingredients in the pictured version (in my case, it was corn in a veggie chili). Still, even without tortillas I know what flavor you are going for when you make a “tortilla” soup, and it looks delicious!


  4. My favorite tortillas are Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Tortillas. They’re much healthier than most store-bought tortillas on the market. Sometimes I slice them in strips and bake them to make super healthy tortilla chips (those would be perfect with your soup!). Celeste πŸ™‚


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