A 1-pot vegan tortilla soup is a quick and flavorful dish that captures the essence of Mexican cuisine. Here’s a simple recipe for you:


  • One tablespoon of olive oil
  • One medium onion, diced
  • Three cloves garlic, minced
  • One bell pepper, diced (any color)
  • One jalapeño, seeds removed and finely chopped (optional, for heat)
  • One can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • One can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • One teaspoon of ground cumin
  • One teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for extra heat)
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • One corn tortilla, torn into small pieces
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)
  • Avocado slices (for garnish)
  • Tortilla strips or chips (for serving)


Sauté Aromatics:

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add diced onions and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add minced garlic and cook for an additional minute.

Add Vegetables:

Stir in diced bell pepper and jalapeño (if using) and cook for another 3-4 minutes until the vegetables are slightly softened.

Spices and Tomatoes:

Add ground cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper (if using), salt, and black pepper. Stir to coat the vegetables with the spices. Pour in the diced tomatoes with their juice.

Beans and Corn:

Add black beans and frozen corn kernels to the pot. Stir to combine.

Broth and Tortilla:

Pour in the vegetable broth and add torn pieces of corn tortilla. Bring the soup to a simmer and let it cook for about 15-20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Adjust Seasoning:

Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. Add more salt, pepper, or spices according to your preference.

Finish and Serve:

Just before serving, stir in the lime juice. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with chopped cilantro, avocado slices, and tortilla strips or chips.

Serve Warm:

Serve the vegan tortilla soup warm, and enjoy the delicious, comforting flavors.

This 1-pot vegan tortilla soup is not only easy to make but also versatile. Feel free to customize it with your favorite toppings, such as vegan cheese, non-dairy sour cream, or salsa.

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