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Blended Tortilla Soup

BlendTec Tortilla Soup

BlendTec Tortilla Soup

When it comes to kitchen and cooking gadgets we rarely, if ever, hesitate to grab something that would allow us to do more cooking experiments or just have more fun in the kitchen. Something that has been discussed for months is a top end blender capable of doing many things your average blender can’t handle. We’ve been through several blenders and it seems your average off the shelf blender couldn’t even handle chopping ice like we preferred. Today Costco had their demo day on the BlendTec blender and we made a special trip knowing full well that we were going to buy one regardless of what we saw in the demo. During a 10 minute demo we had a delicious smoothie with whole fruit blended into creamy goodness (seeds and all), hot soup blended from nothing but whole, natural vegetables and a little seasoning, and spinach ice cream that left us craving more.

Ok, this is about the food, not the gadgets, but expect to see many more posts about some of our amazing blended creations! Our first meal made completely in the BlendTec was tortilla soup. Not knowing exactly what we were in for, we followed their recipe exactly and it was fantastic. We can’t wait to make more soups! Here is how easy it was.

First we laid out all the ingredients. No need to remove any green leaves from the vegetables, no need to seed anything, and no need to peel the carrots. The seeds and skins are packed with nutrients that are often tossed into the compost bin.

BlendTec Tortilla Soup - The Ingredients

The Ingredients

BlendTec Tortilla Soup - Moments Before Button Push

Pre-blend Soup Situation

All the ingredients are then loaded into the blender except the corn and black beans which are added after the initial blending. Seeing the pieces of corn and black bean in the soup remind you that it is fresh and home made and it provides a perfect texture contrast to the creaminess of the other ingredients that have been completely blended together.

From here we simply hit the ‘soups’ button on the blender. The blender is so powerful it reaches around 28,000 rpm which causes enough friction within the blender that it actually cooks the soup! There is no additional heating elements or anything like that, simple physics and a well designed machine. Don’t believe me? I was skeptical myself, but in the video link below is the proof from our 90 second soup cooking experiment. Notice the steam after the lid is removed in the video below.

Blendtec Recipe and Cooking Instructions

  • 3 Roma tomatoes, halved
  • 2 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 2″x2″ cube of cheddar cheese
  • 1 small slice of jalapeno pepper
  • 3 sprigs cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/3 large carrot
  • 2 Tbsp onion
  • 1 tsp chicken bouillon
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups warm water

Add ingredients in the blender in the order listed above and press the ‘soups’ button. After the cycle is complete (90 seconds) and in any optional ingredients for texture (we used 1/2 cup tortilla chips, 1/2 cup black beans, 1/2 cup corn) and pulse the blender a couple times. Dinner is served!

April 11, 2010  |  Posts, Soup  |  , , , , , , ,  |  4 Comments  |  Share