Conduct any Google search for “Tortilla Soup” (also known as Sopa Azteca) and you’ll quickly see there are a million ways to make this time-honored south-of-the-border classic. But no matter which recipe you choose, one thing remains certain—your soup will be delicious 99% of the time.
Like chicken noodle soup, or a bowl of beef broth, Mexican Tortilla Soup is just one of those dishes that’s really hard to mess up, which makes is a fan favorite amongst busy professionals and busy parents who have better things to do that spend hours on end standing over a stove.
What is Tortilla Soup?
In case you’ve been living under a rock (or just don’t eat Mexican food that often), Tortilla Soup is a Mexican classic that uses crushed tortilla chips or fried tortilla pieces to enhance the flavor and texture of the soup.
The “tortilla” pieces are submerged in a broth of tomato, garlic, onion, chili and epazote (an herb native to southern Mexico).
How is Tortilla Soup served?
There is no right or wrong way to serve tortilla soup, although serving it in Mexican or Central American inspired crockery can add a bit of fun to your next dinner party.
Many chefs will plate some combination of avocado, cojita cheese, sour cream, chilies, cilantro, freshly sliced lime, and chicharrón (deep fried pig skin) alongside.
When you’re making Tortilla Soup at home, don’t feel obligated to stick to the traditional accoutrements. One of the best things about cooking for yourself is that you can get creative. Play around with the ingredients, and don’t hesitate to add your own flair to an otherwise “traditional” dish.
However, if you’re concerned about keeping a flat tummy and tight waistline, consider serving your version of Mexican Tortilla Soup with freshly shredded cabbage instead of chicharrón, black beans instead of cojita cheese, and fresh corn instead of the canned alternative.
How to make traditional Tortilla Soup?
Here at Allure Medical Spa, we’ve tried all the Mexican Tortilla Soup recipes out there so you don’t have to, and this recipe is our absolute favorite…
- 1 – Medium yellow onion, diced
- 1 – Green bell pepper, diced
- 2 – Cloves of fresh garlic
- 1 – Jalapeño, diced
- 1 – Cup of cooked organic black beans
- 1 – Tablespoon of organic Mexican spice
- ½ – Cup of organic crushed tomatoes
- 2 – Cups of organic veggie stock
- 1 – Organic avocado, diced
- ½ – Cup of Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast (for that cheesy taste without the guilt)
- 3 – Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
- 2 – Tortillas, shredded
Directions for Broth:
-In a large saucepan or skillet, combine the tomatoes, garlic, onion, beans, and bell pepper stirring occasionally over medium heat for 20 minutes (take care to ensure none of the ingredients burn in the pan).
-Remove the mixture from the pan, set aside in a bowl and allow to cool to room temperature.
-Once cool, add the mixture into a blender or food processor, mixing until smooth. If liquid is needed to help the blending process, add a few table spoons of organic veggie stock.
-Pour the blended mixture back into the original saucepan, and place over medium heat.
-Add the nutritional yeast and remaining organic veggie stock to the saucepan, allowing the soup to simmer for a period of 20-25 minutes.
-Remove from heat, before adding organic Mexican spice, and jalapeño to taste.
Directions for Tortilla:
-In a small skillet, heat the three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil until just before smoking.
-Add the shredded tortilla pieces to the skillet (stirring frequently) and toast the pieces until they’re golden brown, usually 2 to 4 minutes.
-Remove tortilla pieces from the skillet and set aside.
Directions for Serving:
-Carefully ladle the soup into a bowl.
-Sprinkle the soup with pieces of fried tortilla.
-Sprinkle freshly diced parsley, cilantro, and avocado on top of the soup.
-Serve with freshly sliced lime wedges and enjoy!
There you have it!—a wonderfully delicious and incredibly healthy meal that will tantalize the taste buds of anyone lucky enough to be served a bowl. If you’re looking for a way to spice-up things with your spouse this Valentine’s Day, Allure Medical Spa’s Mexican Tortilla Soup is definitely the way to go.