1. Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add onion and garlic and sauté until soft.

2. Blend in spices, and then stir in the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil.

3. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

4. To serve, ladle soup into large bowls, and top with fresh Salad Topping ingredients and tortilla chips or strips.