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Savory and Spicy Tortilla Black Bean Soup

February 8th, 2013 at Fri, 8th, 2013 at 12:41 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie

Warm me up and make it spicy just the way I like it! 
I love Tortilla Soup and this is the perfect soup to warm you up when the weather outside is misbehaving! Rain or Snow, Pacific Foods Organic Soup Starters  are the perfect way to get your soup off to a tasty easy start.  
I call it slow cooking, at medium speed, without the can ... in 2 hours!

It was really was easy to make this soup with just a few fresh 
 ingredients and dried spices that I already had at home.

Let me just remind you that I am from Texas and I like a kick in most things that I eat, especially if I want my food to warm me up! So please adjust your pepper spices accordingly to your taste.

I usually soak black beans or some sort of beans at least once a week.  After a sunny but cold, brisk walk, I came home with an appetite for something flavorful and warm! I was hungry and chilled and looked in my GF pantry - Tortilla Black Bean Soup! It just so happens I soaked some black beans overnight. 
After a quick rinse, I placed the beans in my 5 quart Le Creuset. 
I pre-heated the oven to 350 degrees.

The Pacific Foods Organic Tortilla Soup base is made with tomato, green peppers, onion, chili powder, garlic, cumin, cayenne pepper, coriander and a hint of lime.

Add all of the ingredients to the pot, cover with a lid and let it cook for 2 hours.

I added the following ingredients - 
1 cup chopped yellow onion
2 Tbs Olive Oil 
1 tsp Oregano or Italian Seasoning, dried
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp smoked sea salt 
fresh ground black pepper
2-3 pinches Red Pepper flakes
1 dried Aji Limo Pepper 

1 1/2 cups Organic frozen corn - add at the end

Carefully take the pot out of the oven.  There will be steam when you remove the lid, so please stand back.  Add the frozen corn and stir it into the soup.  Let it sit approximately 10 minutes while the corn heats up in the soup.  This will help keep the corn flavorful and crunchy by not over cooking it.
The Organic corn gives the soup the perfect sweetness to counter the spicy peppers.  
The texture is nice with the black beans which make it a little heartier.  

Serve in your favorite deep soup bowl with a dish underneath to hold 
your additional tortilla chips and top with your favorite ...


avocado slices or guacamole
green onions
cilantro, chopped

roasted chicken, shredded or chopped - optional
pepper jack shredded cheese - optional

Pacific Foods sent me some of their Organic Soup Starters to try. 
I am so glad they did! 
The also make Beef Pho, Chicken Pho, Vegetarian Pho and Tom Yum!
The soup bases are approximately $3.49-$3.69 for a 32 fl. oz. carton.
Look for the QR code on the carton for recipes or make your own!

I opted for the soup sans cheese and meat! 

It is so satisfying you just may "not" have leftovers to share the next day! 
I highly recommend stashing a serving in a tightly sealed, inconspicuous spot in the back of the fridge. One blissful thought - just knowing that you have a soup waiting for you the next day, so you can curl up in front of the fireplace with a blanket and a good book! 
As I always say, letting it meld makes it that much more magnifico! 


Learning to live Gluten Free is a challenge. Gathering with like minded people while exchanging ideas, life experiences and gluten free food is more interesting! So I created, Gluten Free Foodies, to support people with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerant and other Food Sensitive people by gathering at events and celebrating the foods that we can eat! Do you have a Gluten Free question you want the answer to? Feel free to send me an email at Original blog - After all, didn't Erma Bombeck once say ... "I am not a glutton, I am an explorer of food."

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