Sopa De Lentejas Mexican Lentil Soup

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 9m
Ready In

Recipe: #37985

December 30, 2021


Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (488.9 g)
  • Calories 289.2
  • Total Fat - 10 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 6.6 mg
  • Sodium - 998.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 34.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 16.4 g
  • Sugars - 4.4 g
  • Protein - 15.9 g
  • Calcium - 55.6 mg
  • Iron - 4.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 18.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.5 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Sort the lentils and wash them thoroughly.

Step 2

Heat the oil in a 3-quart saucepan.

Step 3

Add the onion, garlic and chile slices and cook until the onion is tender, about 7 minutes.

Step 4

Add the tomatoes and cilantro and cook 3 minutes

Step 5

Mashing the tomatoes into the mixture as they soften.

Step 6

Add the lentils, water, pepper and salt.

Step 7

Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, loosely covered, 30 minutes.

Step 8

Add the bacon and simmer gently 10 minutes longer to blend the flavors. Taste and add more seasonings if needed..


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • For best results, use fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, and jalapeno chile.
  • Look for lentils that are uniform in size and color for even cooking.

  • Substitute the olive oil with coconut oil - the benefit of this substitution is that coconut oil has a higher smoke point than olive oil, making it a better choice for high-heat cooking.
  • Substitute the bacon with tempeh - the benefit of this substitution is that tempeh is a healthier alternative to bacon, as it is lower in fat and calories and contains more protein, fiber and vitamins.

Vegetarian Version Omit the bacon and replace with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add 1/4 cup of vegetable broth for extra flavor.

Mexican Rice Pilaf - A delicious side dish to accompany Mexican Lentil Soup. This Mexican Rice Pilaf is a flavorful blend of rice, onions, garlic, and spices. It's the perfect accompaniment to the soup, adding an extra layer of flavor and texture to the meal.

Mexican Street Corn Salad - A delicious and easy side dish to go with the Mexican Rice Pilaf. This Mexican Street Corn Salad is a mix of sweet corn, jalapeno, cilantro, and lime juice, giving it a unique and flavorful kick. It's the perfect complement to the Mexican Rice Pilaf, adding a tangy and spicy flavor to the meal.


Q: How much bacon is needed for this recipe?

A: 3 ounces of bacon, or 3 slices, is required for this recipe.

Q: What type of bacon should I use?

A: You can use any type of bacon you prefer, such as smoked, turkey, or even vegan bacon.

1 Reviews


Very good soup! I used more pepper than you suggested b/c I had poblano, not jalapeno, and I could have used more. For serving, I garnished with avocado and chopped onion.


review by:
(10 May 2023)

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: Mexican Lentil Soup is a traditional dish in Mexico, and it is believed that it was eaten by the Aztecs. It is also said to have been served to the Spanish conquistadors when they arrived in Mexico.

Fun Fact 2: Mexican Lentil Soup has been enjoyed by many famous people throughout history, including the famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. It is also said that the famous Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata enjoyed the soup.