Texas Tortilla Soup

The Texas Tortilla Soup is a delicious heart healthy dish.  It is simple to prepare and the ingredients are very easy to find.  This recipe also uses beef, something not usually associated with healthy cooking, but as long as the beef is extra lean, the soup maintains its heart-healthy quality and is much tastier than you might expect.

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1 lb. extra lean ground beef (95/5) 3 soup cans (31 oz) water
½ cup chopped onion 1 16 oz frozen kernel corn
1 tsp black pepper 1 Tbsp cumin
1 14.5 oz can tomatoes with green chilies 2 tbsp fresh cilantro + extra for garnish
2 cans (10 ½ oz) beef broth 5 corn tortillas
½ avocado ½ cup grated low fat (2%) cheese


Brown ground beef and onion in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until the beef is no longer pink.  Pour the meat into a strainer to allow the fat to drain off.  Rinse out the pan to remove the grease from cooking the meat.  Place the meat back in the pan and season with pepper.  Stir in the tomatoes, broth, water, corn and cumin.  Bring the mixture to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.  While this simmers, cut the corn tortillas into strips and grate the cheese, and slice the avocado into 10 wedges.  After simmering 10 minutes, stir in the cilantro and serve. Makes 10 cups.  A serving is 1 cup soup with 1 tbsp grated cheese and ½ of a tortilla.  Garnish with avocado and cilantro


Nutritional Content:

Calories 199
Fat 8 gm
Protein 16 gm
Carbohydrates 18 gm
Dietary Fiber 2.5 gm
Sodium 310 mg



As with any nutrition or exercise program, consult your physicians and registered dietitian before embarking upon a specific plan.  This plan is not meant to cure or prevent disease, rather it is intended for information and reference purposes only and is not for use as an alternative for appropriate medical care.  If you think you have a medical problem, you should seek professional medical help immediately.

This tasty, heart-healthy recipe is part of Memorial Hermann’s effort to support people in making better food choices which are nutritional balanced.  Developed by registered dietitians, it offers a quick, easy food solution to complement a healthy, active lifestyle.