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Tortilla Soup Recipe

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This soup is great for a quick, flavorful supper.

Total time:  01 M  35 S
Servings:  4
Calories:  60


  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/2 large carrot
  • 2 sprigs fresh cilantro
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. no-salt herb seasoning
  • 2 tbsp. onion
  • 1 chunk pepper jack cheese
  • 1 slice red pepper approximately 1/3 cup
  • 2 Roma tomatoes quartered
  • 1/2 cup tortilla chips
  • 2 cups warm water

Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Fat: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 5mg
  • Sodium: 350mg
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Protein: 2g


  1. Add all ingredients but tortilla chips to FourSide or WildSide+ jar in order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select "Soup" or "Hot" or "90" cycle (might want to run cycle twice for desired heat) or blend on a high speed for 90-180 seconds.
  3. Add tortilla chips, secure lid, and press "Pulse" 23 times.


For more texture, when adding tortilla chips to jar, include ingredients such as ½ cup black beans, corn kernels, cheese, chicken, and fresh tomatoes. Secure lid and press "Pulse" 2–3 times or until desired texture is reached.

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  • When I make this soup I make the following changes: use fresh garlic, half a red pepper, half an avocado, a slice of pepper jack cheese, and 1/4 of an onion-everything the same. The texture comes out perfect. Don’t forget the cilantro it adds a lot of flavor. I do not put tortilla chips in my soup but I crumble a few and sprinkle on top when I serve it. I add in corn and black beans at the end which I warm up in the microwave before adding. I give it a barely second pulse to mix in as I don’t want the black beans and corn chopped but like to leave whole. The blender will make the soup quite warm which is good for me but my husband often heats his in the microwave as he likes it hot. This soup is my favorite!

    Bonnie on

  • Don’t miss this soup. I also made with warm chicken stock. Play with additional ingredients. I used hot Mexican cheese and the texture and heat were perfect.

    Sharon Jones on

  • We add more veggies and roast them all. Roast garlic instead of garlic powder. Use more acacado and cheese. Makes the soup much thicker and richer. Very good base recipe though. Tweak it to suit your taste.

    EM on

  • We add more veggies and roast them all. Roast garlic instead of garlic powder. Use more acacado and cheese. Makes the soup much thicker and richer. Very good base recipe though. Tweak it to suit your taste.

    EM on

  • we used chicken stock instead of water, added a can of mild green chiles, and fresh garlic instead of the powder and it got a much better flavor. we like adding the black beans after and heating in a pan

    sillychick on

  • The soup had good flavor but was very watery and not filling at all. I did add chicken and corn and it still left something to be desired. :( I had high hopes for this soup.

    Lindsay on

  • why doesn’t my soup come out hot? It’s room temperature!

    Lina Wakefield on

  • I love tortilla soup and always order it when I go out. I could tell by the recipe that this would not have the kick I usually expect. I added one chipotle pepper in adobo sauce and 1 tsp of the sauce. Plus, I charred the onion one one side first. It came out amazing. My daughter loved it also, but I had to hide while making it because if she saw the raw vegetables that went into it she never would have tried it. I used hot tap water and had to run the soup cycle a second time to get it hot enough, next time I will microwave the water a few seconds first.

    Tom Bonge on

  • I love this soup! But the recipe says to use warm water—that is what gets it nice and hot. Otherwise it’s just lukewarm.

    BonesForever on

  • Delicious! I added a handful of spinach, 1/3c 9-veggie salsa, minced garlic (not powder). Yummy! So healthy!

    Tec-Tac on

  • warm it up in the microwave if you prefer your soups warmer. Or you can blend it again a few times. I just warm it up in the microwave.

    Denise on

  • made this soup a couple of times, love it!

    Denise on

  • Me too, it’s not at all hot. I wouldn’t even say it was warm and I did use warm water. None of my soups are hot.

    Yinng on

  • Very good but next time I will make it with chicken broth and maybe a little milk to bring the liquid component up to 2 cups. Made with water it tasted a little, well, watery. I did add in the corn, black beans and tortilla chips.

    Yinng on

  • Made it again and replaced the water with one can of chicken broth (~1.25 cups) made up the rest with 1% milk and what a difference. Yummmmmmmmm. It was not low sodium broth so I omitted the salt.

    Yinng on

  • You can run it on the "Soup" cycle again if it is not hot enough or you can put it in a pan and heat it up on the stove.

    Blendtec on

  • Wait. Isn’t the whole appeal of this high price blender that it gets the soup hot enough so you don’t have to heat it up on the stove??

    ckuhn003 on

  • You need to heat your water before putting it in the blendtec. Like really heat it almost to boiling. Works perfect

    Nancy Royston on

  • Yes, you can blend it until hot. Sometimes it gets soup too frothy and people prefer to heat it on the stove.

    Blendtec on

  • I omitted cilantro because I don’t like the flavor and used chicken stock because it’s what I had. Otherwise, I followed the recipe as described, and it came out delicious!

    mn8335 on

  • I make it just like it say but it taste to much like cilantro how come it taste so yummy when they make the samples at costco

    jamie on

  • I used fresh garlic and mozzarella cheese, also added 2 slice of lemon, the flavor was great, but soup was just warm. I ran it on soup second time, so it did become a good soup temperature. Question to Blendtec: "May I use hot water instead of warm?"
    BTW, on other times I added spinach, cabbage, changed proportions, etc. it was good every time. We like to have variations!

    Tatiana Gostev on

  • i thought the same thing. disappointed to say the least.

    rd on

  • did you ever find out how much of these ingredients to add?

    Mae Myers on

  • What is a "chunk" of pepper jack cheese?

    Also, if I used canned diced tomatoes, how much would I use? Half a can?

    lunula on

  • The cheese can be to taste. The cheese can be about a 1"x1" or a slice of deli-cut cheese. You’d probably want to use about 10 oz of canned tomatoes.

    Blendtec on

  • which combination of seasonings can I use for the herb seasoning?

    Red on

  • Both can be to taste. The cheese can be about a 1"x1" or a slice of deli-cut cheese. You can put in more if desired, though. You’ll want to use about 10 oz of canned tomatoes. Happy blending!

    Blendtec on

  • Other than the top coming off on my Blendtec at the end, this soup came out delicious! The mess was well worth it. And I learned to always make sure the top is on securely.
    I roasted red peppers, onions, carrots, and garlic in the oven at 450 first (drizzled with olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper). They were nicely charred within 15 minutes (turning once). I used canned San Marzano tomatoes (Roma out of season here in New England) and very hot chicken broth. I also added cannelloni beans and black beans, as well as frozen corn to the blender. I reserved some beans and corn to add to the soup when serving. I used the seasonings as instructed, but also added cumin.
    This was my first try at a soup in the Blendtec. and it was a hit. I’m looking forward to experimenting with other soups too!

    Lee on

  • yummy and fresh, some taco seasoning would be good a dollop of sour cream on top as well

    Dade Williams on

  • Love this one!!!!
    We added a hot sauce! So good!!!
    Thank you Blendtec!

    Amanda Steeves on

  • Just got my Blendtec for Christmas and used it today for the first time. I did this soup with the extras…black beans, corn, 1 chicken breast and a little more jalapeno jack….phenomenal! My whole family loved it :)

    Dawn on

  • First of all, welcome to the Blendtec family!! Secondly, we LOVE that you made it your own! Our recipes are more like guidelines and we encourage you to tweak them to fit your taste buds and dietary needs. And we appreciate you letting us know what variations you made and how they turned out!

    Blendtec on

  • We’re so glad you enjoyed it!

    Blendtec on

  • Thank you for sharing your variations – sounds yummy! And we’re sorry the lid came off but you’re right, you’ll always ensure it’s on securely from now on!

    Blendtec on

  • Yes, that would be delicious!

    Blendtec on

  • This is the first recipe I made in my blendtec and it was amazing! I used chili powder in place of the no-salt herb seasoning because that’s what I had available. The flavor of this soup is outstanding. This recipe is perfect as a base. I’m excited to add in some other ingredients next time (green chiles, black olives, chicken, corn…) to give it a little heartier flare. My family gobbled the soup up and my husband requested another soup for dinner tonight since last night’s turned out so well. Thank you blendtec. :)

    Chris on

  • You can check out this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recip… or buy it already made in the spices section of your grocery store. Happy blending!

    Blendtec on

  • If I want the nutritional info to be accurate, how much is "one chunk" of cheese??

    Michelle on

  • We don’t do cheese. I kind of muddled through this time but next time my modifications will include, 1t of McKay’s Chicken Seasoning (vegan) in the place of bullion, 1 cup Blue Diamond unsweetened cashew/almond milk in place of 1 of the cups of water, 1/2 cup steamed white corn, 1/2t Smoked Torula Yeast in place of Jack cheese. I left out the herb seasoning. Also felt this could have used a little more salt. I’d also either blend the beans less or just put them in whole and put the chips in my bowl AT the table. Confession: I did add about a tsp of taco seasoning this time. I might try it without next time so it will be healthier. Also I did use the soup setting… but we all know soups are best when simmered for a long period of time. Leftover and re-heated… even better!

    Heidi on

  • You can even get 4 slices of pepper jack from the deli.

    RawTonian on

  • It looks like they are saying a 1×1 chunk or to your taste preference.

    Caitlin on

  • ALL TIME FAV! Add black beans and some pepper jack cheese at the end, tooped the with chips and lime. My girlfriend and I eat this at least once a week.

    RawTonian on

  • It was good – I didn’t have cilantro so added oregano for a more savory flavor. Used handful of vegan fiesta cheese which kicked up the flavor. We didn’t have carrots so used half a red pepper. It makes about 2 cups and it’s very versatile.

    Maria Wilcox on

  • This soup is delicious. I made some minor tweaks to the original recipe, such as using vegetable stock in place of water, adding queso fresca instead of pepper jack and also a small hit of chipotle powder for a bit of kick. It’s delicious and now on our rotation list.
    To go along with it I made some socca, seasoned with cumin, cilantro and oregano, it was a very nice accompaniment.

    Veronique Cagle on

  • Not a lot of flavor initially but a really good base to build something amazing on! I made one batch as is then mixed it with my second batch which had half the water, some garlic, red pepper flakes, and extra seasoning. When the two batches were mixed it was an awesome soup! I served it with quesadillas as a Mexican tomato soup and grilled cheese!

    Lauren on

  • I roast all the veggies with some olive oil (except the cilantro and
    avocado)- roast 3-4 garlic cloves in with the other veggies , and add chicken stock. Much richer. Very good recipe!

    Eddi Marks on

  • This is delicious – I accidentally put in 3x the cheese – It was soooooo creamy, cheesy good this way – I also added some finely green chile condiment at the end for some heat – I wonder if this can be made with no cheese – perhaps cashew butter of cashews instead. Has anyone done that?

    KKP on

  • Really good. I lost my recipe for taco soup. Anyone have it?

    GmaBernie on

  • Thank you for the feedback. A 1×1" square is perfect.

    Blendtec on

  • 2.If you have really juicy tomatoes, the soup can turn out more watery. Try cutting back on the water next time you try the recipe. You can also pulse in some tortilla chips to help soak up the extra moisture.

    Blendtec on

  • My first try with this did not taste that great. I thought it was really watery, even with adding black beans, corn and cheese. Anyone else have this problem?

    Cindy on

  • Try increasing the water temperature or run it through the soup cycle one more time to get the soup steaming hot.

    Blendtec on

  • Hi, Does your soup came out hot, mine was very luke warm, the demostration shows it comes out steaming hot. Any ideas whats’s the cause of it not being able to come out that hot.

    AJ on

  • Just made this tonight. During the pulse stage I added four imitation crab sticks, 1/2 cup shredde

    Andrea Ness on

  • Made this for my husband and I tonight, but I used a Serrano chili. It was great and filling! Even the kiddos loved it. Two thumbs up.

    Lené on

  • Shredded cheese and tortilla chips. Was phenomenal!!

    Andrea Ness on

  • I used fire roasted tomatoes(canned), added 1 whole carrot, a lot of cilantro. 1cup 1/2 water and 1/2 cup heavy cream.——-no wonder that I am totally addicted to this! I mean totally! it is to die for. the fire roasted tomatoes make the difference and the increase in the amount of cilantro.

    unterderlaterne on

  • Great idea…I thought about doing the same thing?

    Lené on

  • I made this and it was, of course, different than my usual tortilla soup. If you are accustomed to trying different ways of trying things and appreciating the goodness of a simple soup like this, it turned out good. I added additional tortilla soup seasonings, like chili powder, onion powder, black pepper, etc and pulsed in lots of beans and corn, a handful of tortilla chips and more cilantro. Although it came out good, and the pulsed in ingredients stayed suspended throughout the soup, it came out warm, so I zapped a bowl in the microwave and had a couple servings. This was definitely very filling a healthy meal compared to the alternatives. I had leftovers the next day, heated up in the microwave, and it was still very good.

    ccussins on

  • Delicious! Love this recipe. Added a bit of milk to give it some body, and used cream cheese instead of pepper jack. Stirred in cooked quinoa and corn. Delish! :)

    Jerry on

  • I make this frequently. It is always tasty. The hints from Blendtec users make it easy to vary the recipe

    jaw3350 on

  • I love this soup! I also put out extras to let the kids put in their favorite veggies or more herbs. For example, corn, beans, shredded carrot, shredded zucchini, extra cilantro, and avocado pieces. Don’t forget the crumbled tortilla chips. Omg! Delish!

    I’m up to almost 1,000 uses in my machine and cannot wait for the next 1,000!!!

    Thanks Blendtec!

    Dee Em on

  • I just bought the 575 classic and I don’t have a "soup" button. Should I use the 90 second button instead?

    Jill on

  • Hi, Jill! Yes, the 90 second button is the correct one to use. The “soup” button is a 90 second cycle. Happy blending!

    Blendtec on

  • Made it today forgot the cheese it was great any way.

    Susi Dowd on

  • I watched the vitamix demo at Costco
    . it’s soup cyclist is six minutes. Blendtek only three. So it seems even with hot water you need two cycler.

    Luis on

  • That didn’t work for me, I ran it through three times.

    Bethany Schultz on

  • Best and easiest recipe, very tasty. Sometimes I add corn and black beans. You can also get a rotisserie chicken from Sam’s or Costco and shred some up and throw into your bowl and you have a hearty meal.

    leiannabanana on

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