A blue bowl filed with Vegan Chickpea Soup sitting on a wooden surface and topped with lime wedges

Mexican Tequila Lime Chickpea Soup (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Move over tortilla soup, there's a new guy in town! Both healthy and flavorful, this vegan tequila lime chickpea soup will be your new Mexican favorite!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Mexican soup, soup with tequila
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 390 kcal
Author Sophia DeSantis


Optional Toppings:

  • Corn tortillas sliced into thin strips (½-1 per serving)
  • Avocado chopped (¼-½ per serving)
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Hot sauce
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  1. Preheat oven to 300°f (190°C) if using a Dutch oven.
  2. Saute peppers, onions and garlic over medium heat until just soft with only ½ teaspoon of the salt and using broth to sauté (or oil if using oil) until they just begin to get soft.
  3. Add tequila, lime juice and cilantro. Cook until the liquid is reduced by half, it took me about 7-10 minutes.
  4. Add spices, the rest of the salt, and the pre-soaked chickpeas and mix for about a minute. Then add the broth.
  5. Bring it to a simmer, then if using the dutch oven, cover it and put it in the pre-heated oven and allow it to slowly cook for 45-60 minutes. Check at 45 minutes and if the chickpeas aren’t soft yet allow it to cook longer. You can leave it up to 60 minutes to allow it to gain more flavor.
  6. If you are using a regular soup pot, then once the soup starts simmering, turn heat to low and allow it to slowly cook, covered, for 30-60 minutes. Start checking at 30 to make sure you don’t overcook the chickpeas. You can cook it up to 60 minutes as long as your chickpeas don’t get too soft.
  7. Once the soup is done, put tortilla strips in a bowl then pour soup over the top so they can soak and get soft. 
  8. Top with fresh toppings of choice and enjoy! You can also puree it using an immersion blender (or regular blender once cooled) for younger kids or if you have leftovers to make it a little different the next day. It was delicious whole and in pureed form!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Tequila Lime Chickpea Soup (Vegan, Gluten Free)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 390 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1106mg 46%
Potassium 787mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 53g 18%
Dietary Fiber 14g 56%
Sugars 11g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 14.7%
Vitamin C 54%
Calcium 10.1%
Iron 32.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.