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Sopa Tarasca (Pinto Bean Soup) with Jalapeño Blah Fritters

4 reviews / 5 average

Let’s accomplish Sopa Tarasca! It’s a creamy, cottony Mexican-inspired soup fabricated with pinto beans, balmy chili spices, and accomplished tomatoes. And you CHARGE a big accumulation of the jalapeño blah fritters on top. Drooling over this one!

This soup is a hug in a bowl.

It’s got a amazon and pinto bean base, with balmy chili spices, a buttery cottony array – and already you add in that acceptable accumulation of crispy, sweet, ambrosial melt-in-your-mouth blah fritters on top, the accomplished affair is activity to accept you advancing aback for more. And more. And then, okay, added afresh because this one aloof keeps accepting better.

Will you accomplish soup art on top with that Mexican crema, cilantro, and acrid cotija cheese? We achievement so.

Sopa tarasca in a bowl with a spoon. There are jalapeno corn fritters on top of the soup with cheese.

Origins Of Sopa Tarasca

Sopa Tarasca (“Tarascan soup”) originated in the Michoacán accompaniment of Mexico and was accustomed the name in account of the aboriginal peoples of that area, the Purépechas or Tarascos. It is fabricated with tomatoes, garlic, onion, and our admired little friend, pinto beans! It is additionally fabricated with beginning or broiled chiles built-in to that region, which advice accord it its balmy begrimed flavor.

We were aboriginal alien to the soup by this video on YouTube from Pati Jinich. We fabricated her admirable compound anon and it was so very, actual yummy! Pati acclimated accomplished broiled ancho chiles, which are generally trickier to acquisition at our bounded grocery abundance (although if you can acquisition them, they are actually adorable to use!).

We fabricated some anytime so slight swaps based on availability and preference, like application ancho chili crumb instead, affable the onion rather than abacus it raw, and casting in some added cumin, to appear up with this cozy-as-all-get-out nod to a added acceptable sopa tarasca.

Why It’s So Good

This soup has calefaction but not absolutely acidity (though there is ancho chili powder). It’s like, absolute amore but not aloof from soup temperature either, you know? It’s aloof warm. The sun peeking through the clouds, or sitting aloof the appropriate ambit from the blaze pit, or a bendable blubbery sweatshirt and a altogether abounding blanket. That affectionate of warm. You’ll feel it and it’s so great.

The buttery array that the soup gets from the pureed pinto beans makes you feel like you absolutely fabricated article appropriate for yourself, and listen, you did.

This is additionally a topping lovers da-ream.

  • A swoopy agitate of Mexican crema on top (sour chrism would additionally be delightful)
  • A armament of beginning cilantro
  • Sprinkle on some cotija cheese at the end and again baptize some more. Still captivation the bag? Great, one added baptize it is.

What abroad are you thinking? Avocado chunks? Blooming onion? Chips? YES, YOU GET IT. You toppings champ, you.

Our hearts were specifically alleged to accomplish and accommodate some little brittle salty-sweet jalapeño blah fritters. Sure, it’s a lil’ added step, and yes there is some frying involved, but we anticipate we may accept been put on this apple to eat these fritters and we booty this job actual seriously.

The added ACTUAL FUN AFFAIR about this soup is that it is abundantly versatile. Not alone as a toppings canal but you can get artistic with the assortment (speaking of which, the soup is *even better* the abutting day). Did we use it as a sorta simmer booze for craven tacos? Yes, we did. Would it accomplish a absurd enchilada sauce? We absolutely anticipate so, amuse address back!

How To Accomplish Sopa Tarasca (Pinto Bean Soup)

This basin of admirable is a appealing simple sauté/simmer/puree sitch, so actuality is how it goes:

  1. Get your onions and garlic activity until bendable and fragrant, again aroma it up with the ancho chili crumb and cumin.
  2. Add your tomatoes and simmer abroad baby!
  3. Blend that until bland and acknowledgment to pot.
  4. Add your pinto beans and some borsch to the blender and fizz those up, too!
  5. Mix aggregate calm and simmer
  6. Consider, AND AGAIN ABSOLUTELY GO FOR, authoritative some jalapeño blah fritters to pop on top for serving.
Jalapeno corn fritters on a plate.

Let’s Allocution Jalapeño Blah Fritters, Shall We?

Cutie, crispy, sweet, agreeable absolute little blah fritters. Oh my. OH MY. You would absolutely frequently acquisition this soup with some beginning brittle tortilla strips on top, which would be great, but there’s aloof article so appropriate about authoritative one added bend in the kitchen to get these guys in your bowl. The concoction is simple and they fry up bound and again you are adored with the best admirable little assemblage of candied blah goodness, amphibian in your soup. The top stays brittle and the cheers get a little like a dumpling with dank little bursts of blah and tiny blood-tingling $.25 of jalapeño throughout.

Flavor: A . Texture: 10/10 would recommend.

We’re so aflame to accept this one on abundant circling this soup season, the best of all seasons. So, accumulate all your toppings and get yourself accessible for this warmly-spiced and acutely flavored basin of adulation (and fritters!🤩).

Spoon with a scoop of jalapeno corn fritters and sopa tarasca.

Sopa Tarasca: FAQs

Is this soup spicy?

There’s lots and lots of acidity in this soup additional some heat, but it’s not cool spicy.

Can I use approved chili crumb instead of ancho chili powder?

Yes! Aloof add a diminutive bit of red pepper flakes in accession to the approved chili powder.

What else, besides the fritters, can I serve with this soup?

Tortilla chips, homemade tortilla strips, or our jalapeño blah muffins would be really, absolutely good.

Can this be fabricated in the Burning Pot?

It can! See addendum in compound card.

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Sopa Tarasca (Pinto Bean Soup) with Jalapeño Blah Fritters

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Absolute Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Let’s accomplish Sopa Tarasca! It’s a creamy, cottony Mexican-inspired soup fabricated with pinto beans, balmy chili spices, and accomplished tomatoes. And you CHARGE a big accumulation of the jalapeño blah fritters on top. Drooling over this one! 


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Sopa Tarasca

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/2 tablespoon ancho chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • one 28-ounce can whole tomatoes
  • two 14-ounce cans pinto beans, drained
  • 23 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons salt (more or beneath to taste)

Jalapeño Blah Fritters

  • 1 3/4 cups frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup cotija cheese
  • minced jalapeno (to aftertaste – one is usually added than enough)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, and/or alkali for topping
  • enough oil to fry


  1. Heat olive oil over average aerial heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté until bendable and fragrant. Add ancho chili crumb and cumin; sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add tomatoes; simmer for 15 minutes. Alteration admixture to a blender and alloy until smooth. Acknowledgment to pot. 
  2. Add pinto beans to blender; borsch with baptize or broth. Acknowledgment to pot and activity it into the amazon mixture. Simmer over low calefaction until accessible to serve.
  3. For the blah fritters, beating 1 cup of the blah in a aliment processor until smooth-ish. Mix your pureed blah with the flour, cornstarch, Cotija, jalapeño, and salt. Add in actual 3/4 cup corn. Cascade several cups of oil into a bucket for frying. Calefaction over average heat. Back the oil is hot, add the blah concoction in baby formed assurance – about 1-2 tablespoons per blow (a cookie chef beat works able-bodied for this). Fry until aureate on both sides. Abolish from the oil and cesspool on cardboard towels.
  4. Serve soup topped with blah fritters, crema, Cotija cheese, cilantro, and annihilation abroad your affection is allurement for. YUM.


Instant Pot Instructions: Sauté the onion and garlic in the Burning Pot with a bit of olive oil. Add in the ancho chili crumb and cumin, and sauté an added minute or two. Add in the tomatoes, pinto beans, and 2 cups or baptize or broth. Baker on aerial burden for 5 account with a quick absolution back the soup finishes. Alteration the admixture to a blender and borsch until bland or borsch aggregate appropriate in the Burning Pot until smooth.

I absolutely fabricated potato eggplant tacos and craven tacos with the extra soup – aloof use it like a simmer booze to baker with your taco filling. Cool yummy.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican-Inspired

Keywords: sopa tarasca, pinto bean soup, bean soup

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    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      This is the best affair I’ve eaten all year. Awfully adorable – acknowledge you!

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    Melissa Stinson

    Looks great! Accept you approved it with broiled pinto beans? I accept a ample bag and was apprehensive what to do with them. Thanks.

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks wonderful! I am accepting agitation press the recipe. I’m on a mac application Carnival and it won’t print.

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      Hi Judy! Apologetic to apprehend that. Could you explain more. What happens back you bang the “Print Recipe” button from the compound card?

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I accept never acclimated an air fryer but cerebration about accepting one. Could these fritters be done in an air fryer by chance? Possibly addition acceptable acumen to advance in an air fryer.

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Also, could I not artlessly add the beans to the amazon soup admixture and use an captivation blender to purée the two apparatus together? Why the charge to purée them separately?

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      We attenuated in two batches because it didn’t all fit in the blender! But an captivation blender will assignment great!

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Also, why the charge to purée the capacity in two batches? Could I not artlessly add the beans back the tomatoes accept broiled and use an captivation blender to purée all the capacity then?

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This soup was AMAZING- affectionate of reminds me of a Mexican amazon soup alloyed with a attenuated chili for the admirable bean taste. We fabricated some baby adjustments to use things on duke against activity to the abundance -diced blaze broiled tomatoes instead of canned, beef borsch instead of veggie, and acclimated one can of branch and one can of pinto. Angry out aces and will absolutely accomplish again! DO NOT SKIP OUT ON THE BLAH FRITTERS- they are the best touch.

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      Awesome job authoritative this soup with what you had in the pantry! Agreed on the blah fritters!

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Very absorbed by this. How do the fritters authority up as leftovers? Like, if I fabricated a accumulation of soup/fritters on Sunday would the fritters authority up ok for a few canicule of leftovers? Maybe befuddled in the airfryer for a few account to advantage them aback up?

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      Exactly, Lauren. They do able-bodied as leftovers, but you’ll charge to brittle them aback up in the air fryer or oven!

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      For sure. It’s artlessly chopped eggplant and potatoes, sauteed in a bucket with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Add in a cup or so of the sopa tarasca and let it simmer for a few minutes.

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This soup needs salt!!!! And additionally the arctic blah and the aliment processor are not friends. Should the arctic blah be defrosted first?

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      Hi Anne! Acknowledgment so abundant for the comment. Feel chargeless to add added alkali to taste! You can defrost the corn, but it’s not necessary.

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I fabricated the soup and blah fritters for banquet tonight and it was Awesome!!! I followed the admonition and was actual blessed with the results. I was afraid authoritative the blah fritters because I was never a fan …but… this is not your accustomed blah friiter! They were absolute and my bedmate gobbled them down, he aloof could not accept how aperitive they were.
    Thanks for the abundant recipe…

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      So blessed to apprehend this, Martie! So animated you both enjoyed it!

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I adulation the abstraction of application it on tacos the abutting night.

    I fabricated blah fritters aftermost anniversary and they came out cool disappointing. The big aberration in your compound is the cornstarch, so I’m activity to try it again. But, I’m not crumbling oil this time. I’m activity to try it in the air fryer. They are activity in the soup anyways!

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    Cari P

    Made this tonight and WOW is it good. All I had was ashamed tomatoes still was a success. My bedmate ate 3 bowls and my captious toddler acclimated it as a cracker dip.
    The blah fritters are EVERYTHING. I additionally added a ample scattering of cotija cheese & cilantro to top it all off. 👌

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This was so accessible and delicious. I followed the Instapot instructions, added a red pepper because I had one on duke and acclimated the captivation blender. Aged and a admirable texture. Additionally acclimated an air fryer for the fritters and they came out great!

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      So animated the soup formed out for your in the Burning Pot and the blah fritters in the air fryer! Acknowledgment for the comment!

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Yuuummm! Could the fritters be broiled in the oven? It’s looks adorable but I abhorrence frying aliment (the splatters and calefaction alarm me!).

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I’ve been attractive for a blah blow compound and this was PERFECT! I apperceive the fritters aren’t the brilliant of this compound but we admired them and will be authoritative them on repeat.