Easy Vegan Tortilla Soup (Gluten-free + 30 Minutes)

February 22, 2019


By: Jasmine Briones 

We are here to warm you up with this easy vegan tortilla soup recipe! It’s flavor-packed, budget-friendly, and ready in less than 30 minutes! You can feed your whole family for less than $5, talk about a bargain.

A bowl of vegan tortilla soup with garnishes and a spoon

Growing up, tortilla soup was a staple in my household and it was something that we had almost weekly during the cold winter months. Creating this vegan version for you today really hit home for me and I am so excited for you to try it! It’s the perfect meal to make in large batches for meal prep or for a large family dinner when you don’t have too much time to cook. 

Ingredients in Bowls for Tortilla Soup

The ingredients are simple and can be found in just about any grocery store. We went to our local WinCo here in Washington, and were able to pick up everything we needed for just under $4! That’s not for just one serving, it’s for the whole dang meal!

A bowl of vegan tortilla soup with garnishes

This recipe is part of our challenge series that Chris and I do every month on our YouTube channel. This month, the challenge was to each create a meal using $5 or less. Funny enough, we both ended up making something Mexican inspired. Make sure to check out his One Pot Taco Pasta, it’s super delicious, can also be made in large batches, and is ready in about 15 minutes!

A bowl of vegan tortilla soup with garnishes and a spoon

As always, thank you for being here! We hope you love this recipe 🙂

If you are looking for more soup recipes, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few from our blog that we love:

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A bowl of vegan tortilla soup with garnishes and a spoon

Easy Vegan Tortilla Soup (Gluten-free)

  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


An easy vegan tortilla soup that is flavor-packed, budget-friendly, and ready in less than 30 minutes! You can feed your whole family for less than $5 with this recipe, talk about a bargain.


  • 4 cups + 2 tablespoons vegetable broth
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15.25 oz.) can corn, drained
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Homemade Tortilla Strips (below, or you use store-bought tortilla chips. See notes for a baked option)

Homemade Tortilla Strips

  • 58 corn tortillas (halved and cut into thin strips)
  • Oil for frying (we used avocado oil)

Serve with

  • Lime wedges
  • Cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Avocado, sliced


  1. For the soup: In a large pot over medium heat, add in 2 tablespoons of vegetable broth. When hot, add the onions and garlic and sauté until the onions are translucent and the garlic is fragrant. Add in the remaining vegetable broth, tomatoes, black beans, corn, chili powder, cumin, and oregano, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat to a simmer and allow to soup to cook for 15 minutes more. Stir in the cilantro and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. For the tortillas: Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat for a few minutes. Line a large plate with paper towel and set aside. To test if the oil is heated through, use tongs to carefully dip in a test tortilla strip. If the strip starts to bubble (and fry), the oil is ready. Add the tortilla strips in a single layer and fry until crisp and golden, about 1 minute. The strips will bubble rapidly at first and as they start to finish, the bubbles will diminish significantly. Remove the strips from oil with tongs or a slotted spoon and add them onto the paper towel lined plate to drain.
  3. Assembly: Once everything has cooked, serve the soup with toppings of your choice. Along with the tortilla strips, we enjoyed this with avocado, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime.


  • For a baked tortilla chip/strip option: Cut 5 tortillas into strips and add them into a medium to large bowl. Drizzle them with about 1 1/2-2 tablespoons of your choice (we like avocado) and toss until well coated. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Arrange the oiled tortilla strips in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place into the oven and bake until crispy and golden brown, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool before serving (this will help it crisp up more). If you would like to bake the tortilla strips without oil, it is best done in a convection oven or air fryer. Note that oil-free tortilla strips tend to be tough/get hard easily, and so that’s why we recommend using a spritz of oil.
  • The nutrition facts are an estimate using store-bought tortilla chips as we were not able to determine the nutrition facts for the homemade strips.
  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Category: Soup, Entree
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Mexican, Gluten-free

Keywords: Vegan, Mexican, Gluten-free, Soup, Entree, Tortilla, Easy, 30 Minute

Nutrition facts label provided by Nutri Fox.

Disclaimer: The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional’s advice. This page may contain affiliate links, which simply means that we earn a commission if you purchase through those links, but your price remains the same. Thank you for supporting Sweet Simple Vegan!

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  1. julia b says:

    amazing recipe, can’t wait to try it! i wanted to ask though if you could do a video on all the stuff you can buy at winco that’s vegan, i have a winco where i live and would love to find more things that are vegan that i haven’t found myself. ESPECIALLY chocolate.. i want a video on different vegan chocolate that you can bake with that’s fairly cheap. sorry just requesting absolutely love your guys’ blog and youtube channel keep up the great work!! 🙂

  2. Mira says:

    I made this and it was SO GOOD and super easy!!

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