Tortilla Soup

Prepare for so much heat in the kitchen, you may need to remove an article of clothing.

February 9, 2015
tortilla soup
Thug Kitchen, LLC

Sometimes, you just need to kick things up a notch in the kitchen. In light of a string of difficult Mondays thanks to good 'ol winter, now is as good of a time as any to crank up the heat with some soup. Enter this (totally uncensored) tortilla soup recipe. The array of spices give it spicy flair along with jalapeños, which bring the real party. In the words of the writers of Thug Kitchen themselves, "this old-school Southwestern soup is so goddamn good, even your grandma would approve. Just don’t let her catch you swearing in the house."

More: Thug Kitchen's Essential Spice Staples & Pantry Basics


Tortilla Soup
(Makes 4 servings as a main, 6 as a side dish)

1 yellow or white onion
1 carrot
1 bell pepper
1 to 2 jalapeños
4 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 1/2 teaspoons each ground cumin, dried oregano, and chili powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 can (14.5 ounces) low-salt diced tomatoes*
1/4 cup tomato paste
5 cups vegetable broth
1 tablespoon lime juice
6 to 8 corn tortillas, cut into 1-inch squares**
1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas***

Toppings: Chopped cilantro, minced jalapeños, avocado, shake from the bottom of your tortilla chip bag

1. Chop up the onion, carrot, and bell pepper into pieces about the size of a chickpea. Mince the garlic and jalapeños. Now you’re ready to get down to business.

2. Grab a large soup pot and sauté the onion in the oil until it starts to look a little see-through, about 2 minutes. Add the carrot and bell pepper and cook until everything is golden, another 3 minutes. Add the jalapeños, garlic, spices, and salt and cook for another 30 seconds. This should smell pretty goddamn dope right about now. Add the diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Make sure that you stir that son of a bitch around enough so that the paste isn’t just sitting in a clump. Add the broth and let that all come to a simmer.

3. Now it’s time to take this motherfucker up a notch. Add the lime juice and tortilla squares. Stir everything up and let that all gently simmer together until the tortillas get nice and soft, about 10 minutes. Now turn off the heat and grab your immersion blender and pulverize that bastard until it’s nice and smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can throw this all in your regular blender in batches too. Your call. Taste and add more of whatever you think it needs.


4. Serve this up with chickpeas piled in the center of each bowl, with chunks of avocado, some minced jalapeño, and some cilantro. Chip shake is welcome, too.

* Regular or fire-roasted would be dope here.
** If you like a thicker soup, go with 8.
*** Or one 15-ounce can

Adapted from Thug Kitchen