Veggie Tortilla Soup

Kid Approved Tortilla Soup (from The Joy of Clean Eating)


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and finely diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced (optional)
  • 1 tsp sea salt or to taste
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced (use the amount you think your family will enjoy)
  • 2 cups frozen (or fresh if in season) corn
  • 1 cup chopped spinach (optional)
  • 1 cup cooked rice (quinoa is good too)
  • 1 jar (25 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 4 tbsp Sweet Heat Chili Sauce or your favorite chili sauce (start with 1-2 tbsp and add more according to the level of spiciness your family likes – if  you are not using Sweet Heat Chili Sauce and the chili sauce you use isn’t sweet add 1 tbsp molasses)
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips
  • 1 avocado, sliced (optional garnish)
  • cilantro (optional garnish)
  • lime wedges (optional garnish)


  1. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a soup pot or dutch oven and add the onions, carrot, red pepper (if using) and garlic. Add salt to taste and sauté until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the corn and spinach (if using) and continue to sauté until the corn is warmed through.
  3. Add the rice, tomatoes, broth and chili sauce and bring to a simmer. Heat for 15 minutes or so until all the flavors have combined.
  4. Ladle into bowls and top with crushed tortilla chips and any other optional garnishes you choose.

3 thoughts on “Veggie Tortilla Soup

  1. emmycooks says:

    Yum–I love these flavors and I love soup, sounds like a winner! I am not familiar with sweet heat sauce, I’ll have to look for it since my favorite chili sauce is almost gone (and I can’t find it here–a friend brought it from Mexico–so I’m looking for a new favorite)!

  2. hethermc says:

    There’s a recipe link to the Sweet Heat Chili sauce too (just click on it) – LOVE The Joy Of Clean Eating site for all kinds of recipes!

  3. emmycooks says:

    Right on! I didn’t see the link but now that I do I am so going to make that, I have everything it calls for. And then I’d never run out! :). Thanks, and thanks for the website recommendation!

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