Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Tortilla-Less Tortilla Soup – Video Post

1 WWPP Posted by 10 years ago 30 Comments

Alright, I don’t know WHAT I was thinking. All I can say is my illness must have caused a momentary lapse of sanity resulting in me thinking I could actually cook an entire dish on video with a distracting toddler roaming around.

Just be prepared for Diego sunglasses, tent talk, the Tabasco incident, piano playing and me messing up as usual. At one point, I try to show you the dish off camera. I’m a mess! But hey, even the stomach flu doesn’t keep me away from the weekly video! ;~P They are too much fun! That being said, if you aren’t prepared to see me fumble for 20 minutes, the recipe is below.

As I say on the video, this soup is inspired by Qdoba Mexican Grill’s Tortilla Soup. I haven’t been there in awhile so honestly I can’t remember how close it is. All I know is I loved their spicy tomato based thick soup minus the tortillas, hence the Tortilla-Less Tortilla Soup!

Tortilla-Less Tortilla Soup

  • Small onion diced
  • 1 medium zucchini diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 jalapeño diced small
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried cilantro
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (15oz)
  • 1 can chicken broth (or vegetable) (15oz)
  • Juice of 1 lime (about 1 tbsp)
  • Splash of Tabasco to taste
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Sautee the onion over medium heat in a medium pot sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Add the zucchini, peppers, and jalapeño.

Sprinkle the chili powder, cilantro and cumin over the sauté vegetables. Mix well and flavors combine.

Add the diced tomatoes, chicken broth, lime juice, and Tabasco.

Using a hand mixer blend the soup to thicken, leaving it as chunky as you like.

Bring to a boil, remove from heat and serve!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
5 About 1 cup
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
56 0g 3g old: 0.5 new: 1
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
6g 0g 11g 3g

See other recipes using: cumin, jalapeño, onion, peppers, zucchini

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    Girl On A Mission...

    February 29, 2008

    Roni, This video is hilarious. I was watching it this afternoon and I cracked up laughing. His facial expressions are hilarious! Such a child, he kept putting the stopper in his mouth over and over again wanting to catch another taste! Adorable! What a great way to capture memories! The soup looks great!

    Melanie Kann

    February 29, 2008

    Girl, you better WORK that Zero Point soup of yours! You are a rockstar, and a continued inspiration to me as I join you on this maintenance journey. I agree, losing was the easy part! And your child is ADORABLE!


    February 29, 2008

    I didn't have time to watch the video yet, but the soup looks fantastic! I was going to suggest a produce pick--jicama. I love it raw, but am not sure how to cook it. I found a few recipes on-line. It's also suggested to add it to soups and stews, so it might be good in your soup!


    February 29, 2008

    Looks delish! Rachael Ray is making tortilla soup Monday on her show... if you're home you should compare ;) Feel better!


    February 29, 2008

    Again a great video. When I watch your videos my 11 and 5 year old always say "your watching that cute kid again." They think he is the star of the show. The soup looks great. My question is- what flavor does the dried cilantro have? I am not a huge fan of the fresh does it taste the same or have a different taste once dried? Keep it up. Glad you are feeling better.


    February 29, 2008

    Looks great! I can't believe it's zero points. I need to buy one of those hand-mixers... It looks a lot less messy than having to transfer the soup to a food processor. Awesome video and Ryan is ADORABLE! I think he's going to grow up to like spicy foods by the looks of how much he like that tobasco sauce. Hahaha


    February 29, 2008

    i love your video clips. My son is 4 years March 1 and his name is Ryan too. I read your site every day and am inspired by you. I am starting my own site. to help me get in to the shape I wish to be. I am a WWatcher and am a follower of zone 40/30/30. Keep up the great content!!!


    March 1, 2008

    I think I'm going to make this tomorrow, I think. It sounds great! And I've said this before, but Ryan is adorable and hysterical. Great video!


    March 2, 2008

    Great video - very entertaining! :-) I LOVE this soup!! Just made it for lunch and it only took me about 20 min. Sure beats canned soups. It has a nice spicy kick to it, which I really like. I love to "bulk up" on food like this - then I'm not as inclined to overeat. Now I'm off to make your WW banana muffins - one of my absolute favorites. I love Sundays because I have extra time to cook. Thanks, Roni.


    March 3, 2008

    0 Points!! Oh yeah! This is also Core....even with Chicken or beans it would still be Core. You guys are too funny. I love tabasco. I think it is funny your little guy kept licking the lid. I used a recipe from the WW's site for a southwestern soup and added it to my site with some changes. I would LOVE to see what changes you might make to it. Also I found a recipe for making a rotisserie chicken in a crockpot. It was so good I had to remind my hubby to share!! Can't wait to see what you do next.


    March 3, 2008

    Thanks guys! Rebecca - It's pretty similar to the fresh. If you don't like it I'd skip it substitute parley for a milder fresh taste.


    March 3, 2008

    Oh! and I recalculated the soup is exactly .5 so not quite 0. Sorry :~(


    March 4, 2008

    What a riot! Glad to see your little helper is as helpful as mine. I think it's great you let him cook with you. I do the same with my 3yo but he spit the pepper out the last time we made something with peppers. It looks delicious-we are going to get the ingredients to try it tomorrow. Thank you so much for the recipe (and the entertainment)!

    Tina Vega

    March 7, 2008

    I love your recipe blog, I need all the help I can get!!! Your little helper is ADORABLE!


    March 7, 2008

    This sounds great!!!!


    March 24, 2008

    OK, so I commented above, but I finally got the chance to make your soup. I added some chicken and barley to beef it up a little bit, and it was great! Thanks for the idea!


    April 8, 2008

    Hi Roni, I'm just sitting back after a fantastic bowl of this soup - had to improvise a bit (a lot less red chilli pepper as opposed to a jalapeno and I used some cajun seasoning in place of the chilli powder coz its all I had) and added a can of kidney beans as I am a particular fan of those - but I gotta say it was gorgeous. Such a great idea for a soup and a for a quick dinner at the end of the day. Just wanted to say thanks for the continued inspiration :)


    May 19, 2008

    Hi, This recipe sounds so yummy! What size canned did you use for the chiken broth and tomatoes. Thank you! =) ~I have so enjoyed looking through all your recipes and tips, I just wanted to thank you for doing this. I have 30lbs to loose and im hoping I can get there with your wonderful recipes! Thank you so much!

    Jess' food coma

    June 23, 2008

    Have you ever tried to make Jamaican jerk chicken soup? I have no idea what's in it but I had some at a restaurant recently and you can really pack it with veggies like spinach and beans. Yum!


    June 25, 2008

    Jess - No, but that sounds interesting!! Maybe I'll make my own up! ;~P


    August 27, 2008

    Just had the soup! DELICIOUS. I didn't have a mixer so it was rather "soupy." But it was oh so good. Thanks for the recipe. I might try to freeze some of it so I can have it next week for lunch. Do you think this is ok?


    August 28, 2008

    Jenn - I freeze it ALL the time! Glad you liked it!


    October 5, 2008

    This is great! It's so hard to find recipes for yummy low-cal soup! I've been eating the pProgresso Light (only 120 cals per can), and not only is it full of sodium, you don't get to make it from scratch in your kitchen on cold nights. Plus, this recipe is so refreshingly different from regular vegetable or minestrone soup. By using Wolfgang Puck's Vegetable Stock (the absolute best!) rather than chicken broth, I made this vegan. I added a little extra zucchini, added a can of diced green chiles, doubled the cumin, and substituted a little cayenne for the tobasco. Sometimes I add a big can of sliced olives (which brings up the calories). When I want to really splurge, I think I'll also add some black beans or kidney beans and tons of cheese, and make this into REAL tortilla soup! ;) Thanks so much for the recipe!!


    April 9, 2010

    I'm making this for my best friend who is pretty infatuated with Qdoba's version.. and I have to say I think you got pretty darn close.. Also as an idea: when my friend orders this from Qdoba she also gets a side of the cilantro lime rice, which she then adds to the soup, and it's really tasty! :)


    January 2, 2011

    Love this recipe! I've made it 3 times in the last month! I double the spices and add a can of black beans for some protein....excellent!