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Mexican Tortilla Soup

Mexican Tortilla Soup

Mexican cuisine is full of wonders. One of our favourite and most traditional dishes is their tortilla soup or Aztec soup. A delicious, hearty, healthy and easy-to-make recipe that's as flavourful as it is nurturing. So let's see what's in it!

Like many traditional dishes, there are many ways to make good tortilla soup. This recipe is passed generation after generation so the recipe changes from one family to the other. This is the kind of recipe that grandma will adjust to make sure everyone at the table is a happy camper. 

Some versions are a bit spicier, others are more like a stew, and depending on the region the veggies and ingredients used will vary a lot. Regardless, we can't leave out two things. One is the tomato broth and the other, the corn chips, what I'd say is the best part of this soup. 

Mexican Tortilla Soup ingredients

The corn chips add some crunch to our tortilla soup. Any veggie soup is much more enjoyable when it has chips in it. Especially if you have kids, chips are always a good selling point. Just be mindful that as much as we love having chips in our soup, don't go crazy here, they are quite calorie dense. 

I might have made it sound as if tortilla soup is just tomato broth with corn chips. Doesn't sound great. But it is far from that, there's so much more to this delicious soup. This soup is chunky, flavourful and loaded with all the typical Mexican flavours. 

To make our tortilla soup chunky and hearty we are throwing in there some onions, corn kernels, beans and my all-time-favourite, avocado. The avocado had to be included, I mean, what's Mexican food without avocado, right?! 

The traditional flavours of the authentic Mexican cuisine are all in the spices. We are using chilli powder, smoked paprika, and cumin to get a bit of a smokey flavour that also has a little kick. This soup is not spicy at all, the chilli will only add flavour. 

chopped onion and garlic

Once your soup is ready and all the aromas have smothered your home you can serve it in individual bowls. Then just sprinkle some fresh cilantro, add the sliced avocado and 3 or 4 tortilla chips, and give everyone a lime wedge so they can squeeze as much or as little lime juice as they like. 

The ingredients in this tortilla soup will load you up on nutrients. This soup is very nourishing. It can bring you back from a cold or when you are feeling a bit blue. It is warm and hearty, exactly what the body and the soul need to be lifted. 

You know I love anything and everything with avocado in it. But aside from that, I love everything about this soup. It's easy to make, nourishing, flavourful, and let's not forget the chips, please!

If you're a fan of Mexican food as much as we are or you're up for a Mexican feast check out our Spicy Mexican Burger recipe as well!

Mexican Tortilla Soup single

Prep time
10 minutes
Total time
Category: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 4
Allergens: Avocado, Cilantro, Tomatoes


For the soup

  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1½ cups cooked black beans
  • 1½ cups crushed tomato
  • 1 tbsp dried smoked paprika
  • 1½ cups frozen sweet corn kernels
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth

For the garnish

  • 1 avocado (sliced)
  • 4 tbsps fresh cilantro (sliced)
  • 1 lime (sliced into wedges)

For the tortilla chips

  • 4 cups tortilla chips


  1. Use a big pot and heat up the oil for the soup, add onion and garlic and stir fry until fragrant for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the liquids and spices, bring to boil and simmer for about 10 minutes, lastly add the corn and beans and simmer for 5 more minutes until hot.
  3. Adjust the taste of the soup and serve with garnish on top and some crispy tortilla chips on the side, enjoy!



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