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Vegetarian tortilla soup with fried tortilla stips, sour cream, and avocado. In a white bowl on a cutting board with lime and avocado.

One Pot Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

A combination of poblano peppers, chipotle salsa, and black beans make this vegetarian soup flavorful and hearty. 
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili pepper
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1 jar chipotle salsa approx. 16oz
  • 4 cups broth vegetable or chicken
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or sugar
  • 2 15oz black beans
  • 1 bag frozen corn approx. 15oz


  • 12 oz beer a light ale or Mexican beer

Ideas for Serving

  • avocado
  • fresh lime juice
  • fried tortilla strips
  • fresh cilantro
  • diced red onion
  • sour cream



  • Dice your onion and mince your garlic. In this house we usually just throw both in the food processor. 
  • Dice your peppers into approx 1/4" pieces.
  • Optional: Combine all your spices into a small bowl. Open, drain, and rinse your beans. Gather all other ingredients. While this is totally optional I find it reduces my stress so much to just have everything ready to plop into the pot.
  • Optional: Toast your corn. In a skillet over med/high heat melt 1 tbsp of butter and then add your frozen corn. Using a spatula to move around, heat until corn starts to brown. If you can get fire roasted frozen corn then don't bother with this step.


  • Over medium heat add oil to a large pot that's been warming for a min or two. 
  • Add onions, garlic, and peppers. Season with some salt and pepper. Cook down for about 10 minutes until onions are translucent and peppers are softened, stirring frequently.
  • Add spices and 'toast' for 30 seconds. Mixing the whole time until it is very fragrant.
  • Add salsa, broth, and sweetener (maple syrup) and bring to a boil. 
  • Add corn, beans, and beer (if using) then reduce to a simmer. 
  • Simmer for 20-30 minutes. Then serve with any toppings you want! Like most soup this tastes better the next day and it freezes well.