Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

Healthy, delicious and easy to make, this soup is also open to many variations

Credit: Lisa Manfield

It wouldn’t be tortilla soup without the garnish: cheese, tortillas and avocado

If you love Mexican food like I do, then you’ll appreciate this easy recipe for vegetarian tortilla soup, which I found on

In fact, the author claims this soup is so good, people have offered their first-born children for it. How can you not try out a recipe with a claim like that?

As it turns out, she’s only exaggerating a little. The soup is fantastic, and tastes as good as any tortilla soup you’d order in a restaurant.

I made a few modifications to the recipe, given my spice-averse tastebuds. Here’s what I changed:

  • one can of green chili peppers instead of three
  • half a 500-gram package of mixed frozen peppers (yellow, red, green) as that’s all my grocery store carried
  • one fresh chopped onion
  • one can of diced tomatoes, rather than crushed tomatoes
  • one box of broth (I used chicken broth, so I guess my soup wasn’t exactly vegetarian, but I’m sure veggie broth is great too)

I served the soup with chicken fajitas and it was a perfect meal. And, of course, the leftovers made for a week’s worth of lunches.

Be sure to check out the comments below the main recipe. Readers have offered many variations including the addition of beans, chicken, lime juice and other fresh vegetables. Try it out and see what works best for you!

Buen provecho!