Spicy Tortilla Soup Freezer Meal Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
It's time to reclaim those precious moments with your family, knowing that a warm, satisfying bowl of goodness is just a quick reheat away.
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Today, I’m excited to share a fantastic culinary solution that’s perfect for all of you juggling a million things at once – our Spicy Tortilla Soup Freezer Meal Recipe. This soup is a symphony of flavors inspired by the Southwest, and the best part is that you can prepare it ahead of time and stash it in your freezer for those days when cooking seems nearly impossible.

Imagine this: steaming bowl of hearty soup, brimming with the rich, savory essence of tomatoes, chili spices, and tender vegetables. It’s a warm hug on a chilly evening or a quick, wholesome meal during a busy workweek. Now, imagine having that comforting goodness within arm’s reach anytime you need it – that’s the beauty of freezer meals!

Whether you are a busy parent, a working mom, a single dad, you are in for a treat with this conveniently delectable vegan tortilla soup. With our Spicy Tortilla Soup, you can say goodbye to the stress of last-minute meal planning. It’s time to reclaim those precious moments with your family, knowing that a warm, satisfying bowl of goodness is just a quick reheat away.

Why you’ll love this Quick and Easy Spicy Tortilla Soup

  • Effortless Preparation
  • Freezer Friendly
  • Nutrient-Rich Ingredients
  • Budget Friendly
  • Versatile and Filling
  • Leftover Magic
Spicy Tortilla Soup Freezer Meal Recipe
Hannah Stewart
It's time to reclaim those precious moments with your family, knowing that a warm, satisfying bowl of goodness is just a quick reheat away.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 506 kcal
  • 1 Slow Cooker or Crockpot
  • 1 gallon freezer bag
  • 14.5 oz black beans drained and rinsed
  • 14.5 oz diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups broth of preference
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3 oz tomato paste can
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup frozen diced onion
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4.5 oz green chiles
Freezer Prep Directions:
  • Prepare a gallon freezer bag, labeling according to your preferred method.
  • Add all ingredients, except chicken broth, to a labeled gallon freezer bag.
  • Seal bag, removing as much air as possible, and freeze for up to three months.
Slow Cooker Directions:
  • Dump contents of the freezer bag, plus 4 cups of chicken broth, to a slow cooker. 
  • Cook on low 3-4 hours.
  • Stir and serve! Optional: Top with avocado, guacamole, or salsa.
Instant Pot Directions
  1. Dump the contents of the freezer bag into the Instant Pot, add 4 cups chicken broth.
  2. Set to High Pressure for 10 minutes, then allow a 10-minute natural release followed by a quick release. 
  3. Stir and serve! Optional: Top with avocado, guacamole, or salsa.
Dietary Adjustments
Make it Gluten-Free:
  • Ensure your broth is gluten-free.
Make it Dairy-Free:
  • This recipe is naturally dairy-free.


  • Optional: Garnish with tortilla chips (of dietary preference), cheese and fresh clantro.
  • Make it pretty with a fresh lime wedge on the side!
  • If you do not want a spicy soup omit the green chilies. Still delicious just no kick. 


Calories: 506kcalCarbohydrates: 97gProtein: 26gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 10547mgPotassium: 3260mgFiber: 22gSugar: 35gCalcium: 430mgIron: 26mg
Keyword Crockpot soups, freezer meals, Slow cooker soup, Vegan recipes, Vegan Tortilla Soup
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Equipment Needed to Make Convenient Spicy Tortilla Soup?

  • 1 Slow Cooker or Crockpot
  • 1 gallon freezer bag

Ingredients for your Spicy Tortilla Soup Freezer Meal

  • 14.5 oz Can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 14.5 oz Can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups Broth of preference
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 3 oz Can tomato paste
  • 2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 Cup Frozen diced onion
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 4.5 oz Can diced green chilies

How to Make a Spicy Tortilla Soup

Prep/freezer directions

  1. Label Freezer bag with recipe name, cooking from frozen directions and expiration date (todays date plus three months).
  2. Add all ingredients, except chicken broth, to labeled gallon freezer bag.
  3. Store in freezer for up to three months.

Cooking directions:

  1. Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in some warm water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  2. Add freezer bag contents into slow cooker, plus 4 cups broth.
  3. Cook on low 3-4 hours.
  4. Stir and serve!

What to serve with your Quick and Easy Spicy Tortilla Soup?




Popular Substitutions and Additions


  • Red Lentils for Black Beans: Replace the black beans with red lentils. Red lentils cook relatively quickly and absorb the flavors of the soup, making them a great substitution for beans. Rinse and add 1 cup of red lentils to the soup, along with the diced tomatoes.
  • Fire-Roasted Tomatoes for Diced Tomatoes: Swap the diced tomatoes for fire-roasted diced tomatoes. Fire-roasted tomatoes add a smoky flavor that enhances the soup’s depth.
  • Vegetable Broth for Broth of Preference: Use vegetable broth instead of the broth of your preference for a purely plant-based version. Vegetable broth complements the vegan nature of the recipe.


  • Corn Kernels: Add 1 cup of frozen corn kernels to the soup for a touch of sweetness and texture. Corn is a classic addition to tortilla soup.
  • Quinoa: Incorporate 1/2 cup of rinsed quinoa for extra protein and heartiness. Quinoa cooks well in soup and adds a pleasant nutty flavor.
  • Bell Peppers: Dice one or two bell peppers (red, yellow, or green) and sauté them with the chopped onion before adding them to the soup. Bell peppers provide extra color, flavor, and nutrients.

These substitutions and additions will bring variety and additional flavors to your Vegan Tortilla Soup while ensuring that all the ingredients can be safely frozen for convenient future meals.

How to Reheat and Store Spicy Tortilla Soup after cooking?

Best way to store Healthy Spicy Tortilla Soup leftovers?

Preserving the quality and safety of your Spicy Tortilla Soup leftovers necessitates proper storage methods. Begin by allowing your leftovers to cool to room temperature, being cautious not to leave them out for more than two hours. Once they’ve cooled, transfer them into airtight containers or resealable plastic bags, making sure to minimize air inside to prevent freezer burn or spoilage.

Labeling the leftover containers with the date is crucial for monitoring freshness. Should you plan to store them for an extended period, turn to the freezer. Frozen leftovers can retain their quality for several months, guaranteeing you can conveniently enjoy your preferred dishes while reducing food waste.

How Long will Spicy Tortilla Soup last in the fridge?

Your leftovers have a good shelf life in the fridge, typically lasting for approximately 4-5 days. This generous time frame allows you to savor those delicious meals once more.

Now, suppose you ever find yourself with an abundance of leftovers and doubt whether you can enjoy them all in time. In that case, your trusty freezer is the solution. It extends the lifespan of your leftovers while preserving their taste and quality.

Can I freeze Convenient Spicy Tortilla Soup after cooking?

Freezing leftover Spicy Tortilla Soup is a convenient way to enjoy a quick and satisfying meal later on. To freeze it properly, allow the Tortilla Soup to cool down to room temperature. Avoid putting hot soup directly into the freezer, as it can raise the temperature inside and affect the quality of other frozen items.

Decide how much soup you would like to freeze in each serving. You can use individual containers or freezer-safe bags for single servings or large ones for family-sized-portions. Its a good idea to leave some space at the top to allow expansion.

Use a marker to label each container with the date and recipe. This will help you keep track of how long its been in the freezer. Carefully ladle the soup into the containers or bags, ensuring they are sealed tightly to prevent any air from getting it.

Place the labeled bags or containers in the coldest part of your freezer. For optimal freshness, try to use the frozen Vegan Tortilla Soup within 2-3 months.

How to Reheat Make-Ahead Spicy Tortilla Soup?

When you are ready to enjoy your soup, make sure that your soup has been thawed, if starting from a frozen point. Once thawed in the fridge, you may reheat your leftovers in the stovetop or microwave.

If you are using the microwave method for reheating, put your leftovers in a microwave safe dish, and heat in 1-2 minute intervals. Between each interval, stir your soup and add a little water or broth to achieve the desired consistency.

If you are reheating using your stovetop, place your desired portion into the stovetop saucepan, under medium heat, and stir occasionally during the cooking period. Serve with your favorite toppings, and you’ll have a delicious and convenient meal at your fingertips.

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