Slow Cooker Quinoa Tortilla Soup
A healthy meal that’s packed with plant protein and delicious southwestern flavor. Just throw everything into the Crockpot and dinner’s ready when you come home! (vegan + gluten-free with stovetop option)
Servings: 4 bowls
- 1 yellow onion finely chopped
- 1 red bell pepper cored and finely chopped
- 2 jalapeños cored and finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons ground chili powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa rinsed
- 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 15 ounces tomato sauce
- 5 cups vegetable broth
- 1 15-ounce can black beans drained and rinsed (no salt added)
- suggested toppings tortilla chips/strips, green onion, cilantro, lime juice, diced avocado
In the Slow Cooker
Place all of the ingredients (minus the toppings) into 6.5 qt slow cooker on the high setting. Stir together, cover and allow to cook for 6 hours. Keep warm until ready to serve.
Distribute the soup into separate bowls and serve with desired toppings. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
On the Stovetop
In a large pot, warm 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, sprinkle with salt and cook for 3 minutes. Add the peppers, garlic, and seasonings then stir to combine and cook for a few more minutes.
Pour in the canned tomatoes with their juices, tomato sauce, vegetable broth and water. Bring to a low boil then add the quinoa and cook for about 20 minutes, until quinoa is tender. Add the black beans and cook until heated through. Serve warm with tortilla strips, lime juice, cilantro and/or avocado.
To make your own tortilla strips, stack 6 corn tortillas slice them into 1/2-inch wide, 2-inch long strips. Transfer them to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and lightly coat with oil. Bake in the oven at 400°F for 5-6 minutes on each side, until light golden brown. Remove them from the oven, season with salt and allow to cool.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days, or frozen for up to 1 month.
Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1123mg | Potassium: 655mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 2640IU | Vitamin C: 58mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 3mg