When visiting Mexico City recently, we ate so much delicious food that my brain was bursting with ideas by the time we got home.
One of my main goals was to perfect a (vegan) chicken broth-like tortilla soup with vegetables and jackfruit. I suppose you see where this is going? Let’s make soup, friends.
Origin of Tortilla Soup
Tortilla soup (also known as sopa azteca) is believed to have originated in or near Mexico City. Traditionally, it’s made with chicken broth, roasted tomatoes, onion, garlic, chiles, and tortillas.
Our plant-based version is not traditional, relying on jackfruit and vegetable broth instead of chicken. For a more traditional version of sopa azteca, check out this recipe (not vegan) from La Piña en La Cocina.
How to Make Vegan Tortilla Soup
This recipe requires just 10 ingredients and 1 pot to make.
It starts with sautéed onion and garlic, which get caramelized and tender. Then we add the jackfruit (which mocks chicken) and cook until lightly browned to create texture and flavor.
Next comes chipotle peppers, smoky spices, and vegetable broth. We’re onto something good, friends.
Simply let simmer until slightly reduced and toast your tortilla strips (or, if you’re like us and feelin’ lazy, use your favorite tortilla chips)!
We hope you LOVE this soup! It’s:
Easy to make
This would make the perfect side or appetizer with other Mexican-inspired dishes. We love garnishing ours with toasted tortilla strips (or chips), fresh avocado, a little lime and cilantro. Swoon!
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1-Pot Vegan Tortilla Soup
- 1 1/2 cups rinsed, drained, and shredded jackfruit*, rinsed and sorted
- 3 Tbsp water, vegetable broth, or oil
- 1/2 small white or yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1-2 small chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, loosely chopped (reduce or increase to preferred spice)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt, plus more to taste
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 5 cups vegetable broth (or store bought)
- 5 small corn tortillas (or use tortilla chips!)
- 2-3 Tbsp oil
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Lime wedges
- Cilantro (optional)
- Ripe avocado (optional)
- Thoroughly rinse and drain jackfruit. Then begin sorting. The pieces come in chunks or triangle shapes. Cut off the center “core” portion of the jackfruit that’s tougher in texture and separate it from the rest of the fruit. Then chop into smaller pieces. For the remaining portion of the jackfruit that appears more stringy, use your hands (or two forks) to pull into small shredded pieces. You’re aiming to separate the jackfruit into small, shredded/chopped pieces. Rinse the jackfruit once more in a colander, drain, and thoroughly dry. Set aside.
- Heat a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add 3 Tbsp vegetable broth (or water or oil), diced onion, and minced garlic. Sauté, stirring occasionally for 3-5 minutes or until onions are translucent.
- Add rinsed and shredded jackfruit and saute for 4-5 minutes to get some color and dry out jackfruit.
- Add chipotle peppers, salt, and cumin. Saute, stirring frequently, for 3-4 more minutes. Add the remaining vegetable broth and bring back to a low boil. Then reduce heat and simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to 30 minutes.
- Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more sea salt for saltiness, cumin for smokiness, or chipotle peppers or adobo sauce for heat. Once seasoned to taste, turn heat off to rest soup before serving.
- In the meantime, heat oven to 380 degrees F (190 C). (If using tortilla chips, you can skip this step.) Cut corn tortillas into bite-sized strips and transfer to a baking sheet. Add 2-3 tablespoons of avocado oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt and toss to coat (amounts as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size). Arrange in a single layer on a baking pan and bake for 10-15 minutes or until they are golden brown. Watch carefully toward the end or they can burn!
- To serve, place tortilla strips or chips in serving bowls, top with soup, and garnish with desired toppings such as avocado, cilantro, lime wedges (optional). Store cooled leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 5 days or in the freezer up to 1 month. Store any leftover tortilla strips at room temperature up to 2-3 days.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with lesser amount of avocado oil and without optional ingredients.