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Lentejas (Mexican Lentil Soup) - healthy & delicious!

Sopa De Lentejas is a popular Mexican soup that is healthy, delicious and ready in 30 minutes or less. It's full of flavor! You can’t go wrong with a big warm bowl of lentil soup.
Course Main Course, Soups
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 134kcal
Author Ana Frias


  • 1 tablespoon avocado or grapeseed oil
  • ½ small white or yellow onion diced in small squares
  • 2 medium carrots diced in small squares
  • 1 celery stick diced in small squares
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 5 cups vegetable stock warm
  • 1 medium tomato diced in small squares
  • 1 cup dry lentils rinsed and dried
  • 1 teaspoon Vegetarian No Chicken Base (better than bullion)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped


  • Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the 1 tablespoon oil.
  • When the oil is hot, add the diced onion, carrots, celery and garlic. Sauté until the vegetables become a little soft, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the broth, tomato, lentils, better than bullion, salt, pepper and oregano.
  • When it starts to boil, add the cilantro and cover pot with lid. Bring to a simmer.  
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are soft, about 18 minutes. Check for taste and add more salt & pepper if desired.
  • Serve hot. For extra flavor add a few dashes of hot sauce and a little squeezed fresh lime juice.



  • This soup can be made ahead by 3 days and kept covered and refrigerated. If making ahead, the lentils may soak up more liquid. When rewarming, add more stock or water to desired consistency.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 988mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g