Recipe: Pumpkin Tortilla Soup

December 3rd 2009 / 2 minutes to read


This soup has a hint of spicy and smokey from the chipotle pepper and a really great flavor from the corn tortillas both in the soup and as a crunchy garnish! This soup is also vegan as well. Personally we top ours with shredded sharp cheddar but that isn’t needed.

Ingredients for the Soup

  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 1 1/2 C pumpkin puree (which is one of those regular sized cans)
  • 1 28oz can of diced tomatoes (one of those BIG cans)
  • 4 C vegetable or chicken stock
  • 6 corn tortillas, sliced into squares
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • 6 corn tortillas, cut into strips and fried/baked
  • lime wedges
  • chopped cilantro
  • shredded cheese
  • avocado, cubed with some lime and salt

In a food processor (or you can chop it all by hand), slap in the garlic, cumin, onion, cilantro, salt, black pepper, chipotle pepper, and blend that all until its a nice fragrant paste. In a large pot over medium heat, add some olive or vegetable oil, about a tablespoon or so and add in your paste and diced corn tortillas. Cook the paste and tortillas (stirring often) for about 2-3minutes.

Add the pumpkin puree, canned diced tomatoes, vegetable/chicken stock, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for an hour or so.

Once the soup is cooked through, ladle into bowls and top with any or all of the delicious garnishes! I bet sour cream or vegan sour cream would be a great addition too!

This is a really simple yet awesome and delicious soup!


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That looks ridiculously yummy… I’m going to have to try it, given my love for all things pumpkin.

Reply to Allyson

will have to try this recipe later next week :)
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Reply to Kimm

Ooh wow that looks yummy! I want to try that sometime. :) I love trying new recipes with ingredients I don’t use very often. :)
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Reply to Kristin

Mmm, this sounds good! I may make this sometime soon. I have some pumpkin puree in the fridge and haven’t known what to make with it.

Reply to Michelle

That guacamole looks to die for. I’ve also never considered using chipotle and pumpkin together but it sounds delicious! Will keep this in mind for future pumpkin recipes.

Reply to Melodie

Oh yes, it is seriously simple to make and doesn’t taste like “holiday” pumpkin/squash which I think puts people off from using pumpkin all year round in savory dishes as opposed to just during the holiday months for pumpkin pie.

I’m going to have to try this out tomorrow night for dinner. These images haven’t left my mind. Seriously, it looks delicious, Sarah.

I never would have known that all of those ingredients could work well together. Aside from dessert I just never knew what else to do with pumpkin. I’m also surprised that you posted a vegan recipe. I’m so proud of you. :)

Thank you for sharing. I’ll be sure to let you know how it turns out.
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You will have to let me know what you think of the recipe!


mmmm that looks yummy!! Great new layout :)
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Carla Anderson

Wow, this looks and sounds amazing. I love the idea of using a chipotle for some heat & smoke. Can’t wait to make this! To the grocery store!

Reply to Carla Anderson

Yum! That looks awesome!
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Reply to Lynda

This a very interesting an appealing dish. One I wouldn’t have thought to try.

Thank you all so much! I am probably going to make this again sometime next week, it really is fabulous going into these cold wintery months as well.

Carla Anderson

Sarah, I made this for my husband and a friend tonight and it’s sooooo good! It’s so quick to prep! Thank you SO much for posting the recipe!

Reply to Carla Anderson

@Carla, I AM THRILLED that you enjoyed the soup! It really is so tasty and warming isn’t it!


Wow, looks amazing. I need to try it out some time :) Your food always looks so yummy.

Reply to Keeshia

This looks so good! Is the chipotle pepper in adobo easy to find?

Reply to Alyssa

Yes VERY easy and very cheap too! It’s usually in the mexican food area of your grocery store in a small can.

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