How to find soup recipes for your high-speed blender that are easier and quicker than the famed Tortilla Soup recipe
What if I told you that the Tortilla Soup demo was a lie.
Not a lie.
But, how about this?
Tortilla Soup in a high-speed blender actually isn’t THAT easy.
If you already own a high-speed blender, that’s probably no shock.
If, however, you’ve only seen a demo of Tortilla Soup, I’ve got news for you:
Tortilla Soup is actually a pain to make.
There are several special-trip ingredients, lots of preparation, and a low margin for error.
But I’ve discovered a cool way to find quick soup recipes for your blender that are just as good. And, they take MUCH less time.
First a little background…
My relationship with Tortilla Soup
For those unfamiliar, high-speed blender demonstrators always serve Tortilla Soup.
Why wouldn’t they? It’s DELICIOUS.
Hot, flavorful, varying textures, complex flavors — it has it all.
But what you don’t see in the demo is preparation. Or grocery store runs. Or the cleanup.
All of them are WAY TOO HIGH for a tool that’s supposed to make your life easier.
I’ve attempted to simplify the recipe. In fact, all winter, I tried to perfect the process. I tried different ingredients, different blenders (yes, even a Blendtec 🙂 ), and different processing times.
I never got it right.
Well, I did once.
But, then I couldn’t repeat my success. It was one and done.
Not to mention, I couldn’t figure out how to make it worth my time. Never.
Take a look at my Recipe Index. Tortilla Soup is nowhere to be found!
Once winter returns, I’ll go back into figure-out-Tortilla-Soup mode. Hopefully, it’s not too soon. Winter was brutal.
Until then, here’s my trick to finding quick soup recipes for a blender that are actually worth my time. Read: efficient, quick, reliable.
Meatless Monday Everyday
Yes, meat in soup has its obvious benefits:
- More flavor.
- More satisfying.
- More protein.
- More varied texture.
- More aesthetically pleasing (try photographing meatless soup!)
It’s not just traditional “meat.”
Most soups with non-plant-based protein like chicken, fish or seafood are INCREDIBLE. Few things make me happier than a piping hot bowl of Ciiopino. Or, Cabbage Borscht. Or, even a well-made Tortilla Soup.
But meatless soups designed for high-speed blenders are SO much easier to make. You’ll find they:
- Take less time.
- Deliver more consistent results.
- Are, by far, easier to clean up.
So when I’m looking for a soup to make with my high-speed blender, I look for recipes that have no meat.
Why is this so important for high-speed blender newbies?
Embracing easy, quick soups
Instinctively, new high-speed blender owners want to make Tortilla Soup.
Why wouldn’t you?
They saw how easy it was. And it tasted like an elite Texas chef prepared it for you.
But what if making Tortilla Soup doesn’t go well?
What if you make a huge mess? Or what if it tastes strange? Or what if the consistency is a bit too consistent (read: you made Tortilla Smoothie instead of soup).
Wouldn’t that be a bad way to start your relationship with your blender?
That’s like getting a Rubicon Wrangler and taking it on the Rubicon trail on day one. Makes more sense to ease into it, right?
Meatless soups (easy, quick soups) mean:
- Easy cleanup.
- Good chance of success.
- Increased future use of your blender (read: better return on investment)
To a first time blender owner, that’d be my advice:
But make an easy and quick one, particularly without meat.
What was your first experience with Tortilla Soup like? What else shocked you about your first time making soup in a high-speed blender?