Simple Mexican Bean Soup with Crispy Tortilla Chips

Simple Mexican Bean Soup with Crispy Tortilla Chips

What is it about relaxation that leaves one so exhausted? I spent a whole day being pampered and fed, and was utterly exhausted by the time I got home. And yet, despite having a rather large lunch I was ravenous come evening. So: tired? Check. Hungry? Check. Feeling the need for something nutritious and delicious after a little over indulgence? Check. What was my answer? Soup! Well, let’s face it, it was going to be a soup or a salad and I didn’t want the latter – but I did want something I could have with some tortilla chips I’d bought on impulse earlier. And so, mexican bean soup arrived in my dinner bowl!

Simple Mexican Bean Soup with Crispy Tortilla Chips

Did I mention I was feeling lazy? And tired? So, because of that, this is another dish that runs along the line of my one pot chilli in more than just Mexican taste and theme! It’s mostly tinned goods to keep things simple and easy. It comes together in under 30 minutes and you can adjust the heat to your taste buds by either adding a little less, or plenty more, chilli powder!
Or you could do what I do and pile on the jalapenos and shake on some hot sauce.

I really recommend the tortilla chips – sprinkle on broken ones, or top with whole chips, both are epic. They add a great crunchy dynamic to the usual soup experience! You don’t have to put them on top of the soup, that’s just me. You can serve them on the side too!

Simple Mexican Bean Soup with Crispy Tortilla Chips

So – it can be hot and spicy, or it can be mild and easy on the tongue. It’s also packed with good stuff from all the beans it’s crammed with (hence the ‘Mexican bean soup’ name!) – in total there’s (about) 14g of protein per serving – which isn’t too bad for “just a bowl of soup!”

Why is eating beans so good?

I’m no expert by any means, but I can Google, and I do take both my health and those I feed on a daily basis very seriously. So, I eat beans! Or if you want to get fancy legumes. This soup has not only black and kidney beans in it, but also pinto beans too (from the refried beans). Benefits of such tasty beans  include:

  • high in fibre
  • high in protein
  • full of slow-release energy
  • lots of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients
  • thiamin for brain cell/cognitive function
Simple Mexican Bean Soup with Crispy Tortilla Chips

Make a batch!

There’s only two people in my household – yet this recipe will happily feed five. If you go heavy on the bread or tortilla chips, you could probably even stretch it out to six! Why such a large amount of soup? For leftovers! I popped two tupperwares in the fridge and one in the freezer as soon as they’d cooled down and lunch for the next day was sorted. The freezer portion will be kept for whenever I don’t fancy cooking, or need a lunch for work and have nothing in… and no other leftovers.

I discovered pretty quickly that, with the refried beans in there, this Mexican bean soup really thickens in the fridge into what’s practically a chilli! So – you could have it over a potato or rice the next day to switch things up. Or, just loosen it down to a soup consistency with a few tablespoons of water… or red wine. You know, if you have a bottle open.

Simple Mexican Bean Soup Recipe

Need dinner in a hurry? This simple Mexican bean soup takes less than 30 minutes to make and 2/3 of that is hands off!

  • Prep: 3 minutes
  • Cook: 27 minutes
  • Total: 30 minutes
  • Author Luci Rebecca, Made by Luci
  • Serves 5
  • Calories 252


  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 1 x 400g tin refried beans
  • 1 x 400g tin cooked black beans, drained
  • 1 x 400g tin kidney beans, drained
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 150g frozen sweetcorn
  • 1 cup (250g) salsa
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Tortilla chips, to serve


  1. Put a large saucepan over a medium heat, add a few tablespoons of water and cook the onion until translucent (mine takes about 5-7 minutes).
  2. Add all remaining ingredients to the pan and stir well.
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring often. Serve topped with whole or crushed tortilla chips.


  1. Nutritional information is calculated without tortilla chips.
  2. If reheating from frozen of chilled, loosen with a little extra water.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 bowl
Servings Per Container 5

Amount Per Serving
Calories 252 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0.4g 2%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1161mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 40.5g 14%
Dietary Fiber 10.7g 43%
Sugars 10.4g
Protein 14g 28%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

All nutritional information is approximate - any exact calories will depend on which exact ingredients you use.

What requires zero effort, takes less than 30 minutes and can make plenty in just one pan? Vegan Mexican bean soup! Serve with crispy tortilla chips for crunch.

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