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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Tortilla Soup with Black Beans

Beans, a good-quality pantry staple, make this meal healthy, delicious, and affordable.

  • prep: 15 mins
    total time: 15 mins
  • servings: 4




  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes in juice
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn kernels
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips, plus more for serving (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving


  1. Step 1

    In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium. Cook garlic and chili powder until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes (with juice), beans, broth, corn, and 1 cup water; season with salt and pepper.

  2. Step 2

    Bring soup to a boil; reduce to a simmer. Add tortilla chips; cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in lime juice, and season with salt and pepper. Serve soup with lime wedges and, if desired, more chips.

Everyday Food, January 2009



Reviews (33)

  • 20 May, 2013

    Thank you for this absolutely easy and delicious recipe. My boyfriend loves it! I slightly modified it and shared it with my german and english readers on

  • 8 Mar, 2013

    Easiest soup I ever made! I followed the advice of another review and omitted the chili powder and added an onion, cumin and oregano and cilantro. Everyone loved it!

  • 7 Mar, 2013

    Haven't tried this yet, but sounds great! It seems like the tortilla chips IN the soup, softened, would make them mushy. What's the consensus?

  • 15 Feb, 2013

    After becoming a vegetarian about 2 yes ago, I've missed chicken tortilla soup! So I love that this one doesn't have the chicken in it... but what does everyone (especially those that have made this) think about switching out the chicken broth for vegetable?

  • 9 Feb, 2013

    This is by far one of the EASIEST recipes out there and always a crowd pleaser!! It is a favorite in our house!! Easy to freeze too....minus the tortilla chips...Great to eat with Doritos SCOOPS!!!

  • 17 Jan, 2013

    A real favorite in our house. I've cooked this a hundred times. Great recipe for when time and money are tight and hunger strikes.

  • 13 Jan, 2013

    Outstanding!!! My son and I loved it! I added some onion powder, dried cilantro, extra chili powder & garlic. The lime juice yielded an extra fresh taste.

  • 1 Jan, 2013

    I also saute an onion with the chicken. I use only 1 large can of crushed tomatoes (not 2 cans diced) and I add a small can of diced chilli peppers, a can of drained hominy, 1.5 cups of water, I omit the chili powder use 1 Tbsp. of Cumin 1 Tbsp. of oregano and I also add in about 1/4-1/2 cup of cilantro chopped fine.
    I also have more cilantro for garnishing, and have shredded cheese and sour cream along with lime wedges for adding. Very easy and delicious!

  • 27 Oct, 2012

    I saute an onion with this and add cilantro. It's a really quick and easy recipe. I like to eat this with a small cheese only quesadilla.

  • 12 Oct, 2012

    My boyfriend and I love this soup because it tastes great, but I especially love it because it's so EASY to make. We add a chipotle hot sauce after it's served to give it an extra kick.

  • 9 Aug, 2012

    My husband and I love this soup. We leave out the lime but add cilantro, onions, shredded chicken, and double the garlic and chili powder. We also use fresh corn and tomatoes too. YUMMY!

  • 23 Jul, 2012

    It could be awesome if we add some cilantro and white onions or shallots !!!

  • 10 May, 2012

    I love this soup! I too, use more spices. I use 1 1/2 times the amount of garlic and chili powder. As another reviewer suggests, I use canned tomatoes that have chlis in them plus one seeded jalepeno. I also add shredded chicken. It's pretty thick...I think I will add two cans of broth next time.

  • 1 Feb, 2012

    I agree with the majority of people that it is missing more spices. I made this and it is good but bland, definately needed more spices, so I added ..... 1 tsp more chili powder, 3/4 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp garlic salt and 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper and more garlic cloves. After doing was fantastic!! Great flavor! Would make this again with my added spices!!

  • 23 Jan, 2012

    Definitely missing some spices. It is really good with a tablespoon of chili powder and ground garlic, onion, and cumin to taste, and a pinch of chipotle powder if you have it. I add shredded chicken breast as well.

  • 13 Nov, 2011

    I make this soup regularly now because it's hearty, filling, full of flavor and very quick,easy and cost effective to make. Sometimes I add roasted chicken breast to bump up the protein count, and I also add a handful of fresh spinach leaves. Additionally, I sometimes serve it with a little dollop of Greek yogurt / sour cream. But what really makes the soup over the top are the crunched up tortillas. It travels & reheats great, making it a great soup to take into the office.

  • 13 Nov, 2011

    It's good but a little bland. I like my tortilla soup with more "oomph" behind it. This one tasted better after I put a bunch of hot sauce on it. I'm not much of a cook, so I don't know exactly how to modify this recipe to improve, but I might suggest adding some salsa and hot sauce, and perhaps more garlic, onions, and chili powder.

  • 12 Nov, 2011

    I just made this soup, and it was pretty good. It was very quick and easy, which really made it great. I feel like it could have some more flavors besides the overwhelming tomato, although I really love tomatoes so it's not much of an issue for me. I followed the recipe exactly, other than one extra clove of garlic and a little Tapatio. Next time, I'd add an onion, drain a bit of the tomato juice and compensate with chicken broth, and add a diced jalapeno.

  • 8 Sep, 2011

    This was really delicious! I added the chicken too. Also, I used the canned tomatoes as directed but added fresh prepared salsa. Also, I chopped fresh cilantro into the soup right before it was done. I used lime juice as directed but added some lime zest too. This turned out really great! Will definitely make this again.

  • 16 Feb, 2011

    YUM-E! I made this for the first time while the kids were at school today thinkging it would take a long time. It was super quick and filled the house with a fragrant smell. I doubled the recipe and added shredded chicken. I like the suggestion of adding the chips to the bottom of the bowl. I past the recipe onto lots of my working mom friends who need something quick, easy, tasty

  • 12 Feb, 2011

    Oh my, we loved this! I made it as directed except using lemon juice in place of lime. I was surprised at how tasty this was since it was so simple and easy. I let it simmer for about 30 minutes as well. I took another reviewers suggestion and added the chips to the bottom of my bowl.

  • 11 Jan, 2011

    This is similar to a recipe that I make. I would suggest replacing the cans of diced tomatoes with a tomato/green chili product like Rotel for extra kick. They make several new versions, like cilantro and lime, which has become my new favorite! Want to serve more? Add hominy, navy beans, pinto beans, and black-eyed peas and more broth.

  • 15 Sep, 2010

    i keep misplacing my everyday food magazine that this recipe was printed husband and i have become very addicted to this soup. it is so quick and easy and now that i am unsuccessful finding my magazine i am going to (finally) print out the recipe and keep it in my recipe my kitchen...where it belongs!!

  • 5 Aug, 2010

    Anyone try this in in the slow cooker?

  • 29 Jun, 2010

    When I followed the recipe it was very thick and not soup-like, so I doubled the chicken stock and added a diced jalapeno for heat. I also doubled the lime juice and this helped all the flavors pop better. Very delicious!!

  • 22 Oct, 2009

    I made this the day the book came in the mail! I had always wanted to try tortilla soup. I ROCKED this dish! I too added shredded chicken. But it seemed like it needed another dimension so I added quite a bit of chipotle powder. I also LOVE black beans and added an extra can. I added extra lime juice. I also simmered it for a lot longer. I served with sour cream, lime quarters, crushed chips, and avocado slices, and cilantro on the side. Mmmm!

  • 22 Oct, 2009

    I made this the day the book came inthe mail! I had always wanted to try tortilla soup. I ROCKED this dish! I too added shredded chicken. ut it seemed liek it deeded another dimension so I added quite a bit or chipotle powder. I also LOVE black beans and added an extra can. I added extra lime juice. I also simmer it for longer. I served with sour cream, lime quarters, crushed chips, and avocado slices. Mmmm!

  • 27 Feb, 2009

    My whole family loved this one and it was super easy to make - just dump everything in and let it simmer! I added shredded chicken and garnished with Cheddar cheese and the lime juice - yummy!

  • 27 Feb, 2009

    My husband an I also thought this was great. I garnished with cheese and sour cream. I also added chips to the bottom of the bowl so they would not be too mushy - keep up the great ideas - it was quick, easy, and delicious.

  • 6 Feb, 2009

    My husband and I also thought this soup was delicious. I added chopped, leftover roasted chicken to make it a little heartier, and simmered the soup for about 45 minutes to really blend the flavors. I crushed the chips into the serving bowls, rather than add them to the pot, so that leftovers won't be full of mushy chips. The chips softened just fine in the bowls. We are not super big eaters, so for us 1/2 a recipe yielded 4 servings.

  • 5 Feb, 2009

    I love this soup! It was very simple to make - the lime gave it a great deal of punch. This will go in my rotation of meals. I garnished with avocado.

  • 20 Jan, 2009

    I just made this soup tonight. It is easy and quick to put together, takes minimal time to cook, and is very delicious and light!

  • 14 Jan, 2009

    We really enjoyed this soup. Great flavor, very filling, easy to put together. Will make again.