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Black Bean Vegan Tortilla Soup (Two Ways!)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
This hearty vegan tortilla soup is made with spicy simmered black beans and poblano peppers, topped off with avocado chunks and crispy tortilla strips. 
Course: Soup
Servings: 6
Calories: 625 kcal
Author: Alissa
For the Soup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeded and diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 12 ounce bottle ale, plus 1 cup vegetable broth OR 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 14 ounce cans fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 14 ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
For the Tortilla Strips
  • 6 corn tortillas, sliced into strips
  • Olive oil for brushing
  • Salt
For Serving
  • Avocado slices
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Hot sauce
  1. To make the soup, coat the bottom of a medium pot with oil and place it over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion and poblano pepper. Sauté until soft and the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to sauté until very fragrant, about 1 minute more.
  2. Add the beer (if using) broth, tomatoes, beans, cumin, and lime juice. Raise the heat and bring everything to a simmer. Lower heat and allow to cook, uncovered, for 30 to 60 minutes. (Cooking for longer will cause the beans to start to fall apart and you'll end up with a nice thick base, whereas a shorter cook time will give you a soupier base.)
  3. While the soup cooks, prepare the tortilla strips. Preheat the oven to 400° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly brush the strips with oil and arrange them on the baking sheet in an even layer. Bake until crisp and browned around the edges, about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the soup from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and top with tortilla strips, avocado slices, cilantro, and hot sauce. Serve.
Recipe Notes

If you want to try a different kind of beer, go for it. Normally I'd probably go with something darker than ale for something with black beans and tomatoes, but the ale worked surprisingly well.

Nutrition Facts
Black Bean Vegan Tortilla Soup (Two Ways!)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 625 Calories from Fat 69
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.7g12%
Saturated Fat 1.2g6%
Sodium 483mg20%
Potassium 525mg15%
Carbohydrates 69.7g23%
Fiber 12.1g48%
Sugar 3.4g4%
Calcium 100mg10%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.