Easy Tortilla Soup {Vegan}

Who doesn’t love a one-pot meal?  This Easy Tortilla Soup is a breeze to prepare and is absolutely delicious!

A few weeks ago, I did a post featuring Pace in my Vegan Taco Pull Apart Bread and had an extra bottle of salsa left over.  It was the perfect addition to this soup … and such a timesaver!

Easy Tortilla Soup

This simple and satisfying soup starts with softening a yellow onion in a bit of oil.  To that, the garlic and red pepper are added with a pinch of salt.  Once the onions begin to turn translucent, it’s time to add the spice.  I used a moderate amount of chili powder, but feel free to adjust to your personal taste.  The amount needed will also depend on the salsa you use.   I chose mild, but if you prefer, you can use either the medium or even hot.

Add the salsa, vegetable stock and sugar.  I think the sugar really helps to round out the flavors here.  Bring this mixture to a boil and then add the black beans and corn.  Reduce heat and cover to simmer for at least 30 minutes.  I actually leave the top slightly ajar which helps to reduce the soup even further.  I let mine go for an hour and it was exactly the right consistency.

You’ll want to taste again for seasoning just prior to serving.  That reduction really brings out the flavors and this soup is complemented nicely by the addition of a dollop of vegan sour cream (or homemade cashew cream) and a sprinkle of parsley.  But wait. there’s more! 🙂  We cannot forget the star of the show, tortilla strips.  I found these in the salad dressing aisle and they come in several flavors.

Easy Tortilla Soup

Easy Tortilla Soup {Vegan}



  • 1 Tbl Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Onion large diced
  • 1 Garlic Clove minced
  • 1/4 Red Pepper large diced
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder or more to taste
  • 1 C Chunky Salsa mild, medium or hot
  • 16 oz . Vegetable Stock I prefer low sodium
  • 2 Tbl Sugar
  • 15 oz . Black Beans low sodium
  • 1 C Corn I used frozen and defrosted sweet corn
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
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  • Vegan Sour Cream - OR Canned Coconut Milk - OR Homemade Cashew Cream
  • Fresh Parsley or Cilantro
  • Tortilla Strips


  1. In a large stock pot over medium heat, add the oil and onion.
  2. Once the onions begin to soften, add the garlic, red pepper and a pinch of salt.
  3. Saute until the onions are translucent.
  4. Add chili powder, salsa, vegetable stock and sugar.
  5. Bring the soup to a low boil, then add the black beans and corn.
  6. Reduce the heat and cover...leaving the lid just slightly ajar.
  7. Simmer for at 30-60 minutes. The soup should be slightly thickened.
  8. Top with vegan sour cream (you could also use canned coconut milk or homemade cashew cream), parsley and of course, tortilla strips.
  9. This recipe serves 6 cups or about 4 generous bowls.
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