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Tortilla Soup with Black Beans


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

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2009


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes in juice
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14.5 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. 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. 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.

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  • queenandcakes
    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
  • mjmaia
    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!
  • TweetyB321
    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?
  • MissMary333
    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?
  • Mary Jane Smith
    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!!!
  • LunaThings
    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.
  • Amanda_coop
    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.
  • Noreen Moore
    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!
  • abct77
    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.
  • jeddythree
    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.