Tortilla Soup

Who doesn’t love a bowl of tortilla soup? It’s like eating all of the best flavors of a taco in one bowl! I have made many variations of tortilla soup over the years, with all kinds of different ingredients and cooking methods. However, one method I had not yet tried was making a tortilla soup entirely in my Vitamix Blender (this is not a sponsored post btw!) ! I knew my Vitamix had a soup option where it blends and heats your soup by using friction but had never used it.

I loved the concept, minimal dishes and no need to turn on my stove and heat up the kitchen. I was also intrigued by the idea of blending in lots of extra veggies I wouldn’t typically add to my other versions of this soup. Normally I work with only a veggie or a chicken broth as my base, but with this method I would also be able to add depth and extra nutrients with the mushrooms, zucchini and tomato! Adding in all of those extra veggies resulted in a thicker soup, which I found to be incredibly satisfying. 

If you don’t have a Vitamix, you can still blend the base in a food processor and heat it up in a pot on your stove. I experimented with that method as well and it resulted in an equally delicious soup! 

Enjoy!

Tortilla Soup

Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients

Base

  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth 
  • 1 roma tomato, halved 
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped 
  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled  
  • 1/2 yellow onion, roughly chopped 
  • 1 zucchini, finely diced and divided in half 
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, roughly chopped 
  • 1/2 cup fresh baby bella mushrooms 
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika 
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste 

Other Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken 
  • 1/2 fresh jalapeño, finely chopped 
  • 1 cup canned corn, drained
  • 1/4 cup low fat sour cream 
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips 

Instructions

Add all base ingredients to Vitamix or food processor and blend until smooth. If using a Vitamix, use the soup setting to blend base until hot and steamy. Then add chicken, jalapeño, corn and remaining zucchini to blender. Pulse one to two times until mixed. Pour into bowls and serve with a small amount of sour cream and crushed tortilla chips on top.

If you are not using a Vitamix, add blended base to a pot on the stove and heat until simmering. Allow to simmer for five minutes. Stir in chicken, corn, jalapeño and remaining zucchini and return to a simmer. Turn off heat and pour into bowls. Serve with a small amount of sour cream and crushed tortilla chips on top.