Vegan tortilla soup with black beans & seitan
This spicy soup is full of all the good stuff - corn, black beans, chewy seitan, and a flavorful tomato broth. Load it up with your favorite toppings like avocado, cilantro, and crisp tortilla strips for a full meal in a bowl. Make the tortilla strips in the air fryer or use bagged tortilla chips to save time.
Servings: 4 people
Bring a soup pot to a medium heat with oil. Add chopped onions, bell peppers, and garlic to the pot. Saute a few minutes, until fragrant and softened.
Add the following to the soup pot: diced fire roasted tomatoes with juices, drained & rinsed black beans, corn, water, Better Than Bouillon no chicken base (or bouillon cube), tomato paste, cumin, paprika, ancho chili powder, salt, and chopped seitan chicken. Stir.
Bring the pot to a low simmer. Allow it to cook for 15 minutes, so that the flavors can develop & intertwine.
While the soup is simmering, make 2 batches of air fryer tortilla strips using 2 corn tortillas. The link to the recipe is in the ingredient list. (Or if you'd prefer, you can use store-bought tortilla chips.)
Ladle soup into four bowls. Top each one with shredded non-dairy cheese, cilantro, avocado, air fryer tortilla strips or crushed store-bought tortilla chips, and a couple of lime wedges. Have each guest squeeze lime onto soup right before eating.
For the seitan, I recommend a chicken-style seitan. You can make your own homemade seitan chicken or store-bought, like the traditional variety of Upton's Naturals. Then cut it thinly. Feel free to use the seitan of your choice, including chorizo-style seitan for extra spice.
For a gluten-free option, replace the seitan with 1 cup hydrated Soy Curls or a second variety of beans like chickpeas, Great Northern beans, or pinto.
Instead of cooking the tortilla strips in the air fryer or using store-bought chips, you can also fry corn tortilla strips in oil. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes, until crisp. Then drain on paper towels or a clean kitchen towel.
Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 440mg | Potassium: 1030mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1153IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 5mg