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Vegetarian Tortilla Stew Recipe
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Vegetarian Tortilla Stew
Pinto beans and enchilada sauce star in this simple, meatless tortilla stew. See more
  • READY IN 30 mins

Vegetarian Tortilla Stew

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"Quick, tasty, and super easy! A great soup for a quick lunch or add a green salad and some corn bread and you have dinner. Serve with sour cream, shredded Cheddar, and sliced green onions."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    30 mins


  1. In a pot, mix the enchilada sauce and water. Dissolve the bouillon cube in the liquid, and season with garlic powder, chile powder, and cumin. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low. Mix in the beans, tomatoes, and corn. Simmer until heated through. Mix in vegetarian chicken and tortillas, and cook until heated through. Stir in cilantro, and season with salt and pepper to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 30, 2007

5+++!! I never would have though to use enchilada sauce as a soup base but it is a genious idea. So delicious! I used broth instead of bouillon and black beans instead of chicken substitute. It was absolutely wonderful-so healthy and easy too! Thanks-I'll definitely be making this regularly! Note: If you want a brothy soup with pieces of tortilla in it, don't add your tortillas until just before serving, even just directly into the bowl and pour the soup on top & stir. If you cook it too long with the tortillas in, they will break apart and thicken the soup. It's great both ways-we LOVED it!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 30, 2011

My boyfriend and I did not like this at all. Most of the flavor came from the enchilada sauce and we didn't like it as a soup base at all.

Dec 06, 2008

I made this soup for a work carry-in and it was NOT a hit. Why am I giving it 5 stars? The next day, the leftovers were fabulous! This soup gets better with age. My advice, make it the day before so that it can 'cure' in the refrigerator. YUMMY!!

Sep 04, 2005

This is a easy dish to make. When I can't find green enchilada sauce, I make the recipe with red enchilada sauce and a small can of green chilies. We had this last night --love it.

Oct 29, 2007

This was great!! I couldn't find green enchilada sauce so I used red... we were all nearly in tears because it was so spicy, but it still tasted great! I used morningstar farms vegetarian 'chicken' strips (which I love in nearly anything!) and I added extra tortillas. Thanks for the great recipe!!!! ***************update: one night while making this, I added a can of refried beans on a whim.. it was great!! Great soup all around, thanks!!

Aug 11, 2009

I have made this a few times and I love it! So easy and tasty! The first time I made it I was nervous because we had friends from Mexico over and they said it was the best tortilla soup they had had since they left! I have only used red enchilada sauce because I always prefer red to green. I have made this vegetarian, substituting vegetable broth for buillion and dropping the chicken substitute and I have made it non-vegetarian with boiled and shredded chicken instead of the chicken substitute and using chicken broth instead of buillion. I like it both ways! I typically double the beans and corn and it is great with black beans instead of pinto for a slightly prettier appearance.

May 14, 2008

Awesome recipe!!! I used 2 of the smaller cans of the green enchilada sauce and also added 1 can of black beans as I omitted meat and I also used 1 can of corn instead of frozen. I cooked all ingredients in a crock pot and let cook for a few hours stirring occassionally. I broke up pcs of corn tortilla before serving. I served with sour cream and it was incredible. I also crushed up some tortilla chips and sprinkled in my bowl for some crunch. Will for sure make again!

Dec 17, 2010

Great recipe! I live in San Diego so I can be a bit picky about my Mexican food, but this recipe is super easy and tasty. Followed the recipe exactly and turned out perfectly, but lots of room for substitutions/extra veggies if you prefer.


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  • Calories
  • 347 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 42.5 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 25 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 13.9 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 9.9 g
  • 40%
  • Protein
  • 16.4 g
  • 33%
  • Sodium
  • 662 mg
  • 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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