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The time for an easy vegetarian tortilla soup is now.
The weather we’ve been having has not been different from any other year, but that doesn’t mean it’s not irritating. It makes it hard to plan meals when one day it’s 90 and humid and the next is 45 and rainy.
Luckily, my pantry is almost always stocked with enough things to whip up a savory, delicious, hot soup. Like this easy vegetarian tortilla soup, which is perfect for transition weather.
This one is a bit different than most. Instead of canned, diced tomatoes, I used whole San Marzano tomatoes. I usually reserve these for tomato-based sauces, sometimes tomato soup. But I’ve never used them in place of diced tomatoes in tortilla soup, and you know what? I think I’m a convert. Canned tomatoes are almost always better than fresh, but the diced ones are kind of weird. They don’t break down like the whole ones do, which probably means they’re coated with something I don’t want in my soup.
The rest of this is kind of standard. Lots of spices, corn, lime juice, cilantro. And my favorite part — freshly fried tortilla strips.
If you’ve never made your own tortilla strips, I urge you to do it soon. For this soup in particular, because, well it’s in the name. I mean, sure. You can use crunched tortilla chips or even those bags of tortilla strips you see in the salad aisle of your grocery store. Those will suffice, and your soup will still be good. But making your own isn’t that hard. It’s pretty quick. And it’s delicious.
Seriously all it takes is corn tortillas and some neutral frying oil. Maybe a little salt. Cut into strips, into the hot oil they go, and drain on paper towels. Easy.
This soup is a perfect start to soup season. It’s not a heavy, dead of winter soup. It’s the kind that you can eat with a beer or margarita. Maybe on the back porch if it’s nice enough. And you never know, tomorrow it just might be.
Easy Vegetarian Tortilla Soup
Chock full of flavor, this easy vegetarian tortilla soup comes together with simple pantry ingredients. Finished with freshly fried tortilla strips, this is a hit!