Loaded Veggie Nacho Soup

Loaded Veggie Nacho Soup! minimalistbaker.com recipesSometimes eating healthy is really hard. You eat well for a while but inevitably begin to miss the familiar, comforting foods that are no longer on your menu. This has happened to me many times over. But, I have a solution, and that’s to get creative; to modify and find ways around restrictions and rules so I can still enjoy my food without ditching my healthy eating habits.

The good news ? This soup satisfies both requirements. It has all the taste of the hearty, comforting dishes you love plus all of the nutritional and health benefits and whole foods ingredients your body craves. Plus, it’s easy, vegan and gluten free – a win-win for all parties involved.

Vegan Veggie Nacho SoupOriginally I set out to make a tortilla soup mixed with a vegan chili. The name didn’t hit me until I was taking my first bites and thought, “Wow, this tastes exactly like nachos!” The crunchy chips on top and all of the traditional nacho toppings had me totally sold. It’s like healthy food and comfort food all wrapped into one.

Loaded Nacho Soup! minimalistbaker.comThese DIY baked chili cheese fritos are perfection on top of this soup. But you can also just use tortilla chips for a quicker, easier option.

Loaded Veggie Nacho Soup! MINIMALISTBAKER.COMWhat I love about this soup:

1) It comes together in about 30 minutes.
2) Is rich and hearty with the perfect balance of tomato-y thickness and savory broth.
3) And is loaded with veggies: onion, tomato, chilis, fresh salsa, plus fresh avocado and red onion on top. Cilantro would also make a brilliant addition.

Dream big, friends, and don’t skimp on toppings. That’s my motto.

LOADED NACHO SOUP | MINIMALISTBAKER.COM #vegan #glutenfreeI think we’ll be seeing a lot of this soup this winter. It’s so perfect for cold weather, plus makes enough to feed you for at least two if not three meals. Make it your own and adjust the heat, toppings and yield to best suit your family. It’s extremely customizable and thoroughly delicious. Enjoy!

Vegan Nacho Soup! minimalistbaker.com recipes

5.0 from 3 reviews
Loaded Veggie Nacho Soup
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Vegan, gluten free tortilla soup that tastes just like loaded nachos! Pile this simple soup high with gluten free tortilla chips or my DIY chili cheese fritos and your favorite veggies for the ultimate healthy indulgence.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp each sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 can tomato paste (or sub 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes and omit the water below)
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup your favorite fresh, chunky salsa
  • 1 4-ounce can mild diced green chilis
  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans, lightly drained
  • Optional toppings: tortilla chips or DIY chili cheese fritos, fresh onion, cilantro, avocado, grated cheese and sour cream (if not vegan), hot sauce, lime juice, etc.
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add olive oil, onion, garlic and sir. Cook for about 5 minutes or until softened and transparent. Turn down heat if the garlic starts to brown.
  3. Add salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder and stir to coat. Then add tomato paste, water, veggie broth, salsa, green chilis and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, then add black beans. Bring to a simmer again, reduce heat to low and cook for another 20-30 minutes.
  4. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more spices, salt or pepper. Add hot sauce for more heat.
  5. Serve hot with tortilla chips or DIY chili cheese fritos, fresh onion, avocado or guacamole, fresh cilantro, etc. Add grated cheese or sour cream for non-vegan options.
Notes
*If not vegan/vegetarian, as an option you could sub 1 of the cans of black beans for 1 cup cooked shredded chicken.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 heaping cup, no toppings Calories: 316 Fat: 5.9 g Saturated fat: 0.6 g Carbohydrates: 53 g Sugar: 11 g Sodium: 990 mg Fiber: 16 g Protein: 16 g
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  1. says

    Agreed, it’s so hard to keep eating healthy when pizza is just calling your name! Love the idea of turning something a little less healthy (nachos) to something totally healthy without even realizing it’s healthy. Pinned!

  2. says

    The toppings totally make a good soap and I love the idea of all of my favourite nacho toppings on top of a bowl of delicious and hearty soup. So good for the cold weather!

  3. says

    Oh wow, Dana – this makes me so happy. It was only recently that someone introduced me to putting Fritos on top of chili and soup. I’d prefer not to by bags of real fritos if I can help it, so I’m thrilled to have a much nicer option – and so simple to boot!

  4. Ian says

    Such a delicious soup! For a little more Mexican zest and even more flavour, get some corn on the cob and cut off kernels and roast them. Add to recipe and also add 1/2 teaspoon or so of smoked paprika. Dish is amazing! One of the best.

  5. Samantha D says

    I made this tonight for the family – my hubby loved it as is. I added some vegan cheese and vegan sour cream for the kids and they loved it too! Thanks!!

    Sam

  6. says

    Love — thank you so much for creating + sharing this (and the homemade fritos). A nacho-loving girlfriend of mine, whom my eldest has nicknamed “Hot + Spicy” (seriously), sent me this link because she just knew it was meant for me to make. Super-easy and super-delicious. We’re just really strict vegetarians (although my youngest is on a modified keto diet so he does eat a lot of animal protein and we monitor his spicy intake) but this recipe, as is, would be ideal for anyone who likes spicy yumminess. Like us. Next time we’ll be doubling the frito recipe because it was kinda hard to control ourselves …. Oops.

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