Chipotle Tomato Soup Recipe

August 23, 2014

Chipotle Tomato Soup |

I love the little cans of chipotles in adobo. I do. But every time I buy one I’m reminded that they may be the reason that phrases like – a little goes a long way – were created. I can never seem to find use for more than one pepper out of the can at a time.

My point being, I have another chipotle recipe to share. So here’s to hoping you like things spicy!

We went to a cookout last weekend and it allowed me the opportunity for some tomato gawking. Some friends of ours have a few gorgeous heirloom plants that were absolutely loaded these guys.

Chipotle Tomato Soup |

They barely got the offer to send some home with us out of their mouths before I shouted – yes! I never turn down fresh produce. Never.

Once I got them home, and after wondering what to do with a half can of chipotles in the fridge, I couldn’t get my mind off of soup. I also had some of these gorgeous onions from the farmers market that I thought would make a nice addition.

.Red Onions | Oakland Old Town Farmers Market |

Okay, so in general, soup doesn’t always excite me, but there is something about homemade tomato soup that I love. I’ve made a few different versions over the years (including a Beer Cheese Tomato Soup), but I never seem to tire of it.

Especially not this time of year when I spend a large majority of my time thinking ahead to chilly weather, sweaters, pumpkins and cider.

When I cook with fresh tomatoes, I rarely ever peel them. With this soup, my immersion blender took care of the well-cooked peels and easily blended them into a thick soup. But feel free to blanch and peel the tomatoes before chopping them and adding them to the soup pot.

Chipotle Tomato Soup |

Regardless of how you choose to make it, on thing is for sure. This soup is spicy. So be sure to save it for a time when you are ready for some heat.

Chipotle Tomato Soup

Makes: 2 to 3 servings

1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 diced red onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 lb. tomatoes, chopped
2 chipotle peppers, chopped
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 cup vegetable or chicken stock
1 tsp fine ground sea salt


Heat the oil in a medium soup pot over medium-high. Add the onions and garlic and cook for 2 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes. Stir in the chipotle pepper and oregano and cook 1 more minute.

Remove the soup from the heat and use an immersion blender to puree until smooth. You can also transfer the soup to a blender to puree it.

Turn the soup to low heat and stir in the stock and salt. (Add more stock if you prefer a thinner soup.) Cook 2 to 3 more minutes until heated through.


Chipotle Tomato Soup |


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  • Andrea August 25, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Ah heirlooms make the best soups and sauces! With chipotles, I have started blending up the whole can and then freeze what I don’t use, shaping it into a log. Then I just slice off how much I need the next time I use it. I finally started doing this after I kept tossing out so many chipotles!

    • Lori August 25, 2014 at 7:55 am

      What a great idea! I’ve frozen them before, but they were a mess to thaw out by the pepper. Blending them up first sounds like it would work well! Thanks for sharing! You should blog about that tip. 🙂

  • dina August 25, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    oh smoky tomato soup sounds lovely!

    • Lori August 26, 2014 at 7:04 am

      It is really nice! I was sad to see the leftovers disappear! 🙂

  • Joanne August 26, 2014 at 4:51 am

    As a lover of all things spicy and all things summer tomato, I am definitely into this soup! Going on the menu this weekend. We need some quick and easy meals in light of all this moving craziness!

    • Lori August 26, 2014 at 7:05 am

      Perfect for the move! I had it together in about 15-20 minutes. Hoping it gives you a little mojo!

  • Tracey | Salty Sweet Life August 27, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    This looks so good and I agree with you, chipotles and tomato paste always challenge me with leftovers! I really like Andrea’s idea of blending then freezing them into a log! That sounds like a perfect solution. Another blogger friend suggested freezing tomato paste one tablespoon at a time wrapped in plastic wrap!

    • Lori August 27, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks, Tracey! Oh, tomato paste is another one! I’ve used the tubes lately which has helped, but I still find I don’t get around to using it up. I’m going to have to try all these tips!

    • Andrea August 28, 2014 at 10:02 am

      That’s exactly what I do with tomato paste! It makes life so much easier especially when you only need a little bit.

  • Corrin Radd August 28, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight. Yummy!

    • Lori September 2, 2014 at 2:13 am

      I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks so much for letting me know!