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Chickpea and Rice Tortilla Soup

40 min

Meal

Soup

A hearty soup with crunchy, salty tortilla chips. It's wholesome and super easy to whip together. The perfect comfort meal!

Servings

Total

40 min

Prep

10 min

Cook

30 min

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Ingredients

Soup

  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • 1
    medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4
    cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups (480 g)
    canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp (18 g)
    burrito seasoning
  • 6 cups (1440 mL)
    boiling water
  • 2
    vegetable bouillon cubes, crushed
  • 2½ cups (410 g)
    cooked chickpeas
  • ¾ cup (150 g)
    uncooked white rice, rinsed
  • ¼ tsp
    salt, plus more to taste
  • ¼ tsp
    ground black pepper, plus more to taste

Tortilla chips

  • 4
    large soft tortillas
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp
    salt
  • ⅛ tsp
    ground black pepper

Optional garnish

  • fresh cilantro
  • lemon slice
  • sliced chili pepper

Directions

  1. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat and add the oil, onion, and garlic. Give it a stir and let it cook for 2 - 3 minutes, or until translucent.
  2. Add the tomatoes and burrito spice mix and let it cook for another 2 minutes. Stir occasionally. Next, add in the water, bouillon cube, chickpeas, rice, salt, and pepper. Stir.
  3. Bring the soup to a simmer and let it cook uncovered for 15 - 20 minutes, or until the rice is fully cooked. Next, preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C) and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  4. Cut each tortilla into 12 pieces and transfer the pieces to a large bowl. Pour the oil, salt, and pepper over the tortillas. Toss and massage with your hands to coat.
  5. Lay the pieces in a single layer over one or two parchment-lined baking trays*.
  6. Bake in the oven on the middle and lowest rack for 3 - 4 minutes. Then flip the tortillas over and return to the oven to bake for another 3 - 4 minutes. Remove from the oven when the edges of the chips are toasted. Keep an eye on them during baking because they can easily over toast.
  7. When the soup is done, serve with the baked tortilla chips. Enjoy!

Notes

  • * Crowding all the pitas onto one tray can cause the chips to steam rather than roast, which might prevent them from getting crispy.

Storage

  • The soup can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • The tortilla chips can be stored in a container on the counter for up to 3 days.

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Grains & Starches 48%

uncooked white rice

large soft tortilla

Proteins 24%

cooked chickpeas

Fruits & Veggies 28%

medium onion

clove garlic

canned diced tomatoes

Calcium
No significant sources of calcium
Fat

vegetable oil

vegetable oil

Nutrition info

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Beatrice - Nov. 27, 2022, 5:56 p.m.

One of my favourites for when I don't have a lot of time to cook and it is the end of the month :)
I often prepare my tortillas in a pan instead, it is faster and they are still very delicious! (

PUL Team - Nov. 27, 2022, 7:56 p.m.

So glad it's being enjoyed, Beatrice, thank you 🤗


Carole - Nov. 15, 2022, 11:47 a.m.

One of my favorite recipe of the moment!
Very delicious and comforting!
I recommand to check very regularly the tortillas in the oven, because they can turn from perfect to carbon very fast. 😅 (It might also depend on the oven, I noticed that with mine I usually have to reduce the cooking time.)

Thanks a lot for this great recipe!😄

PUL Team - Nov. 15, 2022, 2:54 p.m.

Hi Carole, thanks for taking the time to share! Ovens can be tricky sometimes since they do vary. So glad the recipe was still enjoyed 🤗


Katia - Oct. 28, 2022, 9:15 p.m.

Hi ! Can I freeze the soup ? Also if I want to add leftover veggie ( corn, celery, carrot...) should I use less rice/chickpeas?
Finaly my veggie broth if powder form 1tsp for 2 cups water. Is it the same as 1 bouillon cube ? Merci Sadia. Love your receipe, your youtube video and web site.

PUL Team - Nov. 1, 2022, 6:20 a.m.

Hi Katia, thanks for the questions! We imagine this one would freeze well in an airtight container for up to 2 months, although we'd recommend making the tortilla chips fresh if possible. Adding extra veggies sounds delicious! If you prefer a more liquidy soup you could add a touch less rice or chickpeas. Otherwise, you could add more liquid, or leave it and enjoy a more chunky soup 😃 The vegetable bouillon cube and water can be substituted for equal parts water with veggies broth powder. For example, 6 cups of water with 3 tsp of powder for the four serving recipe portions. We recommend giving the pasta a taste test as you go, and adding some salt and other spices if you think it needs it. We hope this helps for now and that you enjoy the soup if you give it a try 🤗


Aleks - Oct. 5, 2022, 11:01 a.m.

Its great recipe for all fussy eaters:) its almost impossible to stop eating the tortilla chips. Thanks for making it for us!
Video helps my husband who is reluctant to cook haha

PUL Team - Oct. 6, 2022, 5:11 p.m.

A huge compliment, Aleks, we're so happy to hear 😃


KB - Sept. 15, 2022, 7:56 p.m.

I make this all the time! Easy and delicious!!

PUL Team - Sept. 15, 2022, 9:28 p.m.

So glad to hear, KB!


RB - Aug. 7, 2022, 7:28 p.m.

Easy to make with what's in the house and it's a regular on my dinner rotation. When I don't want to go to the store or when it's a few days before payday it's easily a family favorite

PUL Team - Aug. 8, 2022, 3:20 p.m.

We appreciate it so much, RB, thank you!


Kiran - July 24, 2022, 5:11 p.m.

Thank you for this recipe Sadia 😊 It has become our comfort food now. It is so easy and quick. It doesn’t compromise on taste at all. I have made it thrice so far and I only discovered this recipe last month 😉 I made this recipe for a special gathering few days ago and everyone loved it and wanted the details. I shared your blog to them. Keep making more!! Blessings and regards!

PUL Team - July 24, 2022, 8:38 p.m.

Aw thank YOU, Kiran, for sharing your love and light. We're so grateful the recipe was part of the special occasion. Happy cooking 🤗


Emma - July 20, 2022, 3:35 p.m.

As an Erasmus student on a budget, I must have made this soup about 5 times last semester and I wanted to come back here to say how delicious it is ! So comforting, quick and easy. There's nothing not to like about it. Out of the budget recipes video, this is the one I made the most. The tortillas and lemon really add an extra spark to this already lovely soup.
Would blindly recommend this recipe to anyone !

PUL Team - July 20, 2022, 4:28 p.m.

Oh so lovely to hear the recipe was enjoyed, Emma, thank you for the very kind words! Wishing you all the best with your studies 💛


Elitsa G. Penkova - July 10, 2022, 4:47 p.m.

Tried making this soup a couple of month ago and it’s become a favourite! I thought it was a bit of a weird combo but O.M.G, it’s just lovely! The only thing I sometimes change is halving the amount of rice as I it becomes more soupie, but that’s a personal preference obviously. I’ve sent mum the recipe and she’s making it this weekend, can’t wait to see what she thinks ❤️ Hugh’s thanks to the PUL team for always coming up with great recipe ideas!

PUL Team - July 10, 2022, 9:33 p.m.

Aw we're so happy to hear, Elitsa, and so kind of you to share the recipe with your mom! Thank you for the support 😃


Katie - May 27, 2022, 11:56 p.m.

Making this right now and tasted it and it taste amazing! Also it was so simple and clean up was very quick. I will for sure make this over and over agin like many of your recipes. We eat 1-2 of your recipes everyday. Somedays all of them. Thank so much for all your hard work! (And for making most of them affordable. Times are tough right now with prices. You’ve been a God send 🤍)

PUL Team - May 28, 2022, 10:56 p.m.

Thank you for the glowing feedback back and support, Katie, it means so much! We're so honoured the PUL content is being enjoyed 💛


Evelyn - May 26, 2022, 7:54 p.m.

Banger food. My tummy is happy.

PUL Team - May 27, 2022, 6:37 a.m.

Gotta love a happy tummy, Evelyn 🙂


Joëlle - May 22, 2022, 6:02 p.m.

Comfort Food! Also great with cornbread

PUL Team - May 23, 2022, 8:53 p.m.

A lovely idea, Joëlle, thank you!


Patricia - April 6, 2022, 12:42 p.m.

It tastes like a hug in your tummy ! Very comforting soup for cold, rainy days

PUL Team - April 6, 2022, 3:59 p.m.

Aw thanks, Patricia, it means so much!


Andrea - March 7, 2022, 8:29 p.m.

This is so deliciois and satisfying!! Wow 🤩 also great with leftover rice

PUL Team - March 9, 2022, 2:09 a.m.

We're so glad it's being enjoyed, Andrea, thank you ☺️


Clara - Feb. 28, 2022, 8:26 a.m.

Very delicious and a very nice soup especially for colder days !


Aleksandra - Feb. 15, 2022, 3:01 p.m.

S&S means Simple and Soooo good!


Aleks - Feb. 9, 2022, 6:50 p.m.

Your website is amazing! easy to follow, clearly written, i love cheking out the boxes! its one of my VERY BEST solutions when i have guests over, when i have no inspiraton, when i dont know what to cook during the week - actually... my GO TO solution everyday <3 thanks Sadia! Greetnings from Breda, NB. A

PUL Team - Feb. 10, 2022, 12:36 a.m.

Beyond thrilled to hear the glowing feedback, Aleks, thank YOU! Sending lots of love to Breda 💚


Amber Kohler - Jan. 17, 2022, 2:13 p.m.

I only make your recipes every day of the month and this is by far my boyfriend and my favorite recipe!!

PUL Team - Jan. 18, 2022, 12:23 a.m.

Such a massive compliment, Amber, and we're so thrilled it's being enjoyed!


Sai Ranjani Parthasarathy - Jan. 10, 2022, 2:23 a.m.

This one reminded me of Rasam (South Indian dish) and home! Thank you for this one! This is going in my regulars list.

PUL Team - Jan. 10, 2022, 3:39 a.m.

Mmm love the connection, Sai Ranjani Parthasarathy, and we're so happy it's being enjoyed!


aleksandra - Jan. 5, 2022, 11:18 a.m.

its now on the stove:) cannot wait to try it! smells delicious:)
dankje wel

PUL Team - Jan. 6, 2022, 5:03 a.m.

Love the smell of this one 😍 We hope it was enjoyed, Aleksandra!


Elisa - Dec. 26, 2021, 8:13 a.m.

Easy ingredients, easy and fast to prepare. Hard to mess up :D super tasty, especially the tortilla chips are amazing!

PUL Team - Dec. 26, 2021, 6:33 p.m.

We're so happy to hear, Elisa 😃


Sue - Dec. 22, 2021, 10:22 p.m.

I made this soup for supper tonight and it was delicious!! Fast and easy too. Thanks for another great recipe, Sadia!!

PUL Team - Dec. 23, 2021, 1:46 a.m.

So happy it was enjoyed, Sue, it means so much ✨


Amy - Dec. 7, 2021, 1:44 a.m.

Hi there! I have a question: why are the meal soups not freezable?

PUL Team - Dec. 7, 2021, 4:16 a.m.

Hi there, Amy, thanks for the question! If you're referring to this soup in particular, we imagine this one would freeze well in an airtight container for up to 2 months, although we'd recommend making the tortilla chips fresh if possible. If you're referring to other soups, some of our soups don't tend to freeze depending on the ingredients in them. For example, potatoes don't hold their shape as nicely when frozen and then thawed. Others we haven't had a chance to test out freezing yet. Do let us know how it goes if you give this recipe a try, though 😊


Melodylink - Nov. 15, 2021, 8:03 a.m.

Made this tonight and it was delicious. I used one cup less of water to make it more like a casserole than a soup (to suit my toddler who hasn't quite got the hang of spoons yet) and it turned out just right. Thanks for a lovely recipe!

PUL Team - Nov. 17, 2021, 1:20 a.m.

A lovely idea to modify the recipe, Melodylink, thank you!


Syd - Nov. 15, 2021, 1:06 a.m.

I followed the recipe exactly and it yielded a delicious, filling, healthy soup.


Natalie - Nov. 8, 2021, 3:52 a.m.

This was so delicious, cheap and took less than 20 minutes to prepare! For us, it was more like 5-6 servings, which only made it even cheaper!
As we are only two people, we saved our leftovers and ate it for lunch for the next two days. Next time, I will cook the rice separately and mix it in just before eating - because overnight the rice soaked most of the liquid and became a bit mushy.
Looking forward to try the rest of the budget meal plan!

PUL Team - Nov. 9, 2021, 2:07 a.m.

Thank you for sharing the insight, Natalie, it's so appreciated! We're glad the soup was enjoyed 😊


Moira Free - Nov. 1, 2021, 12:31 a.m.

Excellent!


Zsuzsa - Oct. 26, 2021, 8:11 p.m.

I tried it, we loved it! Thanks for this recipe, we'll probably make it sometime!

PUL Team - Oct. 27, 2021, 2:29 a.m.

Thanks for taking the time to share, Zsuzsa, happy cooking 😃


Samantha - Oct. 4, 2021, 12:44 a.m.

This was delicious! I like that you can adjust the serving sizes on the website :) it's a nice little feature.. we were able to make 4 servings, and will have it for lunch tomorrow! I am looking forward to trying the other meals in the "cheap" meals for the week. I have all the ingredients ready to go!

PUL Team - Oct. 4, 2021, 3:53 a.m.

So happy to hear, Samantha! We hope you enjoy the other recipes as well😃


Ivy cera - Sept. 26, 2021, 8:06 p.m.

Loved it!!!!!


Madeline - Sept. 22, 2021, 2:17 a.m.

I love this soup! So easy, filling and delicious! It's becoming a go-to recipe for me. Also be sure to make the chips with it!

PUL Team - Sept. 22, 2021, 5:03 a.m.

So glad the recipe is being enjoyed, Madeline, thank you! It means so much 😃


Shona - Sept. 7, 2021, 3:30 a.m.

I am obsessed with this recipe! It was so easy, quick, and cheap. It froze and reheated really well, too which made it perfect for meal prep :)


Laurie - Sept. 6, 2021, 4:36 p.m.

It's good, it's filling, it's cheap and most important of all, my family liked it.


Pippilotta - Sept. 1, 2021, 2:35 p.m.

This "soup" is such delicious and even better on the day after. I would recommend it for meal prep!


Charlotte - Aug. 28, 2021, 5:52 p.m.

I made this today and I am so glad that I did! It is so delicious! At first I was a bit reluctant to make soup as it is still 'summer' but the temperatures here are not high at all and I was too tempted. I think this is my favourite recipe out of all the recent PUL budget meals and I will be coming back to make it again I can guarantee. It is too tasty not to! ❤❤

PUL Team - Aug. 29, 2021, 1:42 a.m.

Aw we appreciate this so much, Charlotte, you're too kind! Happy cooking☺️


Eve Cogan - Aug. 27, 2021, 1:39 p.m.

Yummy, filling and easy!


Beth - Aug. 22, 2021, 2:17 p.m.

This was one of my favourite dishes from the vegan budget challenge! It was so simple and delicious and those tortilla chips really made it! I used fusilli pasta instead of rice and added some cheese to it at the end as we're not vegan, and I cooked the chips for only about 7 minutes total until they were just golden, and my husband and I loved it. Will definitely be adding this to the regular rotation!

PUL Team - Aug. 25, 2021, 5:19 a.m.

We're so thrilled you enjoyed the recipe, Beth! Happy cooking 💚


Saf - Aug. 18, 2021, 2:50 p.m.

Made this the day after you posted but swapped rice for pasta and it was awesome!!!


Lia - Aug. 17, 2021, 9:06 p.m.

Made this last week and I'm making it again now! Tastes delicious, is super affordable and quick/easy to make 😃 10/10 recommend!


Lauren - Aug. 15, 2021, 6:57 p.m.

This recipe is a bowl of comfort. The flavors are wonderful and the overall texture is lovely. I used the the Mexican Inspired Spice mix recipe, also from this website, as my spice combination since I keep it in my pantry already. This was a very quick and easy meal to prepare. I will be adding it to my regular rotation. Thank you Sadia (and team) for providing such simple and delicious meals.

PUL Team - Aug. 16, 2021, 3:32 a.m.

Love the idea to use the Mexican spice mix! Thank YOU, Lauren for being here 🥰


Anaïs - Aug. 13, 2021, 1:11 p.m.

I just turned 28 a few days ago, and my goal for this new year of life is to tend to veganism. I've been eating vegetarian for almost 10 years now, but I want to go even further to protect our beautiful planet and lovely animals. All your work through your videos and website is going to help me so much, taking off the pressure of finding recipes etc. Thank you for all you do, your energy, and how you & your entire team make this world a better place! Los of love you way!

PUL Team - Aug. 14, 2021, 6:16 a.m.

Happiest of birthdays, Anaïs! Thank YOU for the kind words and for being part of our PUL family. We're so honoured to be part of your journey with food ✨💚


Liv - Aug. 13, 2021, 11:02 a.m.

This was incredibly delicious and so easy to make!! Will certainly make this again! Always love PUL recipes, but this is my absolute favourite! Thank you Sadia! 😊


Jen - Aug. 11, 2021, 2:33 a.m.

Made this for dinner, it is so delicious! I used half black beans, half chickpeas, because that's what we had on hand, and it came out really well! I also added some carrot for some extra veg which was lovely. Thank you for this ultra budget friendly meal, I am looking forward to trying more! <3

PUL Team - Aug. 11, 2021, 3:02 a.m.

Thank YOU, Jen, for the kind words and review! Happy cooking 😃


Line - Aug. 9, 2021, 8:22 p.m.

I made it today and it was really delicious miam miam


Kayla - Aug. 9, 2021, 12:54 a.m.

Super easy, simple and delicious!!! For my family we pretty much have all of these ingredients as staples in our pantry which makes this the perfect meal for when we haven't gone grocery shopping in awhile. I loved the idea of using prepackaged spice blends to add multiple spices at the same time, don't know why I never thought of that before, thanks for the tip!! Again, it's super yummy for being so easy, it doesn't get much better than that!

PUL Team - Aug. 10, 2021, 2:34 a.m.

So thrilled the soup was enjoyed, Kayla! Thanks a bunch for for sharing 🌻


Hana - Aug. 6, 2021, 10:43 p.m.

Delicious Sadia! Just made it for myself & my partner and we loved it! He is Dutch, survives off cheese+bread and dislikes all legumes...so needless to say, I was a bit worried. He not only asked for seconds but requested I make it again regularly! So happy I finally got him to eat chickpeas (all thanks to you!)

The combination of the bouillon + spice mix gives it so much flavor. I sautéed a chopped carrot along with the onions & garlic for some extra veggies and sweetness. Also topped off our bowls with a little bit of shredded vegan cheese & cilantro (& the tortillas of course), + some spinach for myself.
Highly recommend!

PUL Team - Aug. 7, 2021, 3:13 a.m.

Aw thank you for the glowing review, Hana, it means so much! We're so glad that you and your partner enjoyed this one 😃


Alekhya - Aug. 5, 2021, 6:40 p.m.

I'm definitely looking to try this one out!
I notice that many of your recipes use vegetable bullion cubes but they're not available where I'm from.
What can I use as a substitute?

PUL Team - Aug. 5, 2021, 10:07 p.m.

Thanks for the question, Alekhya! You can substitute the cube and water in recipes for vegetable stock or broth. Just give it a taste test, and add more salt if you think it needs it 🙂

Alekhya - Aug. 6, 2021, 8:12 a.m.

Thanks for the reply. Will definitely try that out. But are there any spices that I can use as substitutes?

PUL Team - Aug. 7, 2021, 1:52 a.m.

Hi Alekhya, we haven't tested it out, but onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper come to mind. There may be some recipes online as well! Do let us know if you experiment with it 😃