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Fiesta Soup-A Work in Progress

When my kids were little and had a cold, I didn't head for a can of Campbells Chicken Noodle soup like my mother did and her mother did before her. No dead birdie parts floating in a bowl for my kids! I made them a healthy bowl of Fiesta Soup, one of my favorite recipes included in my book The Simple Little Vegan Slow Cooker (Book Publishers). A friend called the other day to tell me how much he loved this recipe and during our conversation I realized that everyone loves to add their own touches to recipes. My original recipe didn't call for Boca crumbles, but he added them nonetheless. Also, my recipe calls for corn, but he added carrots instead. No matter, the point is, it's a great soup packed with vitamin C and it tastes wonderful. When I developed the recipe, and when the book was first published, there was no such thing as Quorn Chik'n Tenders. But now that I have discovered them, I always include them as well. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. My now grown kids make it for their wives and children when they are sick. I'm happy to have stopped the cycle of violence in the kitchen.

Fiesta Soup

For the crockpot or in a regular stock pot.


2 cans tomato sauce

1 can tomato paste

4 cups veggie broth (or use bouillion)

1 bunch green onions

1 cup frozen corn

1 can black beans

1 tablespoon chili powder

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 small can sliced black olives

3-4 tablespoons shredded cilantro leaves

1-2 tablespoons fajita seasoning (optional)*

1 cup Quorn Chik'n tenders (optional)

1 teaspoon garlic salt

Shredded chedder and sour cream (real or vegan)

Corn tortilla chips


Add all ingredients except the cheese, sour cream and chips to your slow cooker. Allow to simmer on low for about 6-8 hours. If cooking on stove top, simmer on low for 1-2 hours. 

To serve:  Place a handful of broken tortilla chips in a deep soup bowl. Ladle on the Fiesta Soup over the chips. Add shredded chedder and a dollop of sour cream just before serving. Yum!

*I keep an envelope of fajita seasoning open in the pantry and add a few tablespoons to this and other Mexican recipes. It adds a nice kick. If you like your tortilla soup really spicy, add crushed red pepper flakes, chilis or jalapenos.



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Michelle A. Rivera is the author of several books including HOSPICE HOUNDS, Animals and Healing at the Borders of Death (Lantern Books); CANINES IN THE CLASSROOM, Raising Humane Children through Interactions with Animals;(Lantern Books) DO DOGS HAVE BELLY BUTTONS? 100 Questions and Answers about Dogs(Adams Media); THE SIMPLE LITTLE VEGAN SLOW COOKER and THE SIMPLE LITTLE VEGAN DOG BOOK(Book Publishers, Inc.) and ON DOGS AND DYING (Purdue University Press). She is also an essayist and has been published in the vegetarian essay book “Voices from the Garden.” She is a freelance writer/editor and along with her Certified Therapy Dogs, a Humane Educator and R.E.A.D tutor. Michelle is a past blogger for and a writer for several online publications including eHow, Livestrong, Rachel Ray, The Daily Puppy, USA Today, Cracked and others. She has two Certified Delta Society Therapy Dogs: Murphy, a Golden Retriever, and Tabitha, a Standard Poodle; and two cats. All are rescued animals. Michelle lives in South Florida with her husband, John, an attorney, and is the proud grandmother of three lovely children, Austin, Alexander and Adrienne.

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  1. Carolyn
    Sounds delicious, Ms. Rivera! May I ask, what is Quorn Chik'n tenders? Is this a tofu product?
    1. DogWriter
      I don't think so. Visit their site, they explain it is made with a type of mushroom.
      1. Carolyn
        Love mushrooms, thanks!
  2. DogWriter
    Just a heads up, the recipe as given is vegan, but if you choose to add the Chik'n tenders please note there are egg whites in the product. Addition of real cheddar cheese and sour cream also makes it vegetarian, not vegan. You can get the soy products if you want to keep it vegan and still have the cheese and sour cream.
    1. Akanksha
      A place to buy vegan cheese: (Yes I am promoting them for free :P )
  3. Veganara
    This sounds wonderful! I wish I had seen this recipe recently, as I have just recovered from a stinking cold! Well, at least I will know it for the future anyway.
  4. The Hungry Hungry Herbivore
    I love slow cooker recipes!!! Definitely going to try this out!!!
  5. robertspan The Simple Little Vegan Slow Cooker [Paperback] Michelle Rivera (Author) is PRICELESS to me and I could NOT LIVE without it! The link above is to! Everyone should have this book becasue as the title says it really is SIMPLE!!!!


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