Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mexican Soup with Vegan Meatballs

MD: When are you blogging that soup?

Me: That soup is un-photographable. I can't blog it. I did the curry instead.

MD: But it tastes so good! You have to blog it. (Proceeds to make several photography suggestions I've tried already.)

Me: The only way that soup can be photographed is if I put a paper bag over it.

And so I did.

Mexican Soup with Vegan Meatballs
Adapted from Food and Wine

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 chipotle chile in adobo, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 bunch kale, stems discarded, leaves chopped
4 cups vegetable broth
3 cups water
1 14.5 ounce can fire roasted tomatoes
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
pepper to taste
about 24 vegan meatballs (such as Whole Foods brand)
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1/3 cup salsa
hot sauce to taste

Heat oil over medium heat in a large pot. Saute onion, bell pepper, and chipotle for about 4 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, and coriander and saute about 1 minute. Add kale, broth, water, tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Add vegan meatballs, corn, and salsa. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Serve with hot sauce to taste.


  1. If you tell me it's a great soup, I believe you, good picture or not :-). Since I love anything Mexican, I'm sure this would be great for the cold weather!

  2. I don't believe you, there must be a picture :D
    By the way, I made your tortilla soup the other way and didn't take a picture too. I am a bad blogger, but the soup was amazing! We ate it for three days straight.

  3. OK, I've put up some seriously bad pictures on my blog just to give folks an idea of what it looked like, certainly you took some pictures that were better than a giant glare. :-) Regardless, the soup sounds fantastic. Yum! I've never seen vegan meatballs. Do you think it would work with homemade bean balls?

  4. sounds good! i love meatballs in almost anything!

  5. aaaaaaaahahaah! you're the best, Lisa! i love it! and i'm totally gonna try this soup! sounds like something we'd really super love! yay!

  6. It certainly sounds delicious! I love the paper bag idea! I know some of the pics I put up on my blog are really skanky...why is it that some things are so good, but so non-photogenic?

  7. I bet it looks as good as it sounds! I want to see a picture! My stomach is growling just thinking about this soup.

  8. Ugly or not, I want to see the soup! It sounds yummy! I have an entire collection of dinners way too ugly to blog, I love that you figured out a way to do it!

  9. Haha, how creative! The soup sounds delicious and the face on the bag is great!

  10. well it SOUNDS really good! i am glad you went for it! lol

    spent like an hour on your blog earlier today perusing your recipes. honestly, what a gold mine.

  11. well it SOUNDS really good! i am glad you went for it! lol

    spent like an hour on your blog earlier today perusing your recipes. honestly, what a gold mine.

  12. Shelby, thanks!

    Alice, I'm with you on the Mexican food.

    Mihl, I'm glad you liked the tortilla soup! We loved it too.

    Jennifer, I've never had homemade beanballs, but I bet that would work great from the ones I've seen on the internet. You could also just add beans.

    Miss V, thanks!

    Jessy, we must have similar taste because your food always looks delicious to me as well!

    Shellyfish, so true, being non-photogenic doesn't mean it won't taste great!

    Vegannifer and Rural Vegan, you are cracking me up. Unfortunately, I won't be able to oblige. All ugly soup pictures have been deleted from the camera!

    Beauty and Bread, I just found your blog! Thanks for leaving a comment so I could find it.

    Quarrygirl, thanks! I hope you find something tasty to cook.

  13. If there is a down-side to soup, it is that they don't all look as good as they taste :)
    By the way, do you have an recipes for vegan meatballs? I know you specified a brand, but I would not mind knowing what ingredients typically get used.

  14. Erik, I haven't made my own meatballs yet because I like Whole Foods brand so much. But I've been eyeing this recipe on Veg Times that uses seitan

  15. Sounds delish! I've been looking for something to use up all this kale in...

  16. This just became one of my favorite blog posts of all the blog posts I've ever read! It's so adorable! So many times I have not taken a picture of something tasty because it looked horrid.
    The recipe sounds like a winner though!

  17. I made this tonight, but used ground up tofurky italian sausage, roasted garlic and no salsa, serving with cilantro and lime wedges. it looked more like a chili, but tasted RIDICULOUS! i planned this meal for 2 days and it was totally worth it! i had never used adobo sauce before and i'm officially addicted. the rest is hanging out in the fridge for a black bean with adobo sauce and mexican millet night this week out of veganomicon. i'm doing a pantry clean out and really excited about my next adobo meal!!! we love spicy food, so i'm not sure how i didn't use this before, especially since i once worked in a taqueria for a summer, but hey, whatevs. i'm in love now. also, i keep corn tortillas on hand in the freezer and make fatfreevegan's baked corn chips whenever i want some, like tonight. they're quick and better than a stale bag.

    did you know meatballs is albondigas in spanish? it's one of my favorite words!


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