Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Meal Prep, Mexican, One Pot Dish, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian

Smoky Vegetarian Mexican Soup

First soup to celebrate the crisp autumn air! It only seems fair to kick off soup season with Smoky Corn, Red Pepper, & Brown Rice Soup. It’s deliciously “smoked” thanks to smoked paprika, but a hearty Mexican soup with corn, beans, and rice. Make this a one pot meal by easily cooking the rice right in the soup. This soup was so tasty with some nonfat Greek yogurt (swap for sour cream!), a little lime juice to brighten it, and some sweet potato chips to add a little sweet and salty to the smoky heartiness.

Ingredients (serves 8).

  • 2 t light olive oil
  • 1 t minced garlic
  • 1½ bell peppers, diced (I used a mix of red and orange)
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 T smoked paprika
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1/2 t cumin
  • 1 T tomato paste
  • 6 c vegetable broth
  • 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes, no salt added
  • 1 c brown rice, dry
  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans
  • 1½ c frozen corn
  • 1½ c frozen cauliflower, diced
  • Salt to taste


  1. In a large soup pan, add oil and garlic. Sauté until fragrant, about 1 min.
  2. Add peppers, celery, and onion. Sauté until tender.
  3. Stir in smoked paprika through tomato paste. Continue to sauté veggies with spices until again fragrant, about 1-2 min.
  4. Pour in broth and mix in crushed tomatoes and rice. Bring soup to a boil and reduce to a simmer until rice is cooked, stirring occasionally.
  5. Stir in kidney beans, corn, and cauliflower. Continue to simmer about 5-10 min until corn and cauliflower are tender. Remove from heat.
  6. Dish up 1½ c servings. Top with nonfat Greek yogurt and juice from a lime wedge and serve with sweet potato tortilla chips (all optional!).
  7. Enjoy!

Adapted from Savory‘s “Red Pepper and Corn Soup with Spanish Rice.”

Nutrition for 1 serving (1½ c) without toppings.
248 calories  •  2.5 g fat (8%)  •  52.3 g carbs (78%)  •  9.3 g protein (14%)  •  8.2 g fiber  •  10.6 g sugar  •  385 mg sodium
* These are estimates based off specific products I used and how I entered ingredients in a fitness tracker. This is completely subjective and used to give a rough nutritional estimate.

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