Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup (Instant-Pot + Slow Cooker)

This uber easy and crazy flavorful Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup can be made in a pressure cooker, slow cooker, or on the stove – game on!

This uber easy and crazy flavorful Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup can be made in a pressure cooker, slow cooker, or on the stove - game on!

Cue the jazz hands, people! Today we’re making a luscious, flavor-packed, rock-your-face-off vegetarian tortilla soup.

After much deliberation (ok like 5 seconds) I decided the marriage of my Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup and Lentil Veggie Chili would make the most delightful union. Obviously I was right (otherwise we would be talking about kale chips or spinach salads today) and I’m so stupid excited to share this one with y’all today!

sidenote: WHY AM I STILL SAYING Y’ALL?!

I haven’t lived in NC for a good year and a half but somehow the 5 years we spent in good ole North Carolina has embedded that contraction deep within my psyche. My Boston accent is lahhhhhhng gone (hah, ok mostly) but y’all is here to stay, y’all!

This uber easy and crazy flavorful Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup can be made in a pressure cooker, slow cooker, or on the stove - game on!

:: pin it for later ::

Wait! Back to the recipe! I cannot wait for *ahem* YOU GUYS to try this one.

Nope. Feels forced. I give up — Y’all need this soup!

It channels the flavor of my go-to tortilla soup perfectly, with the added bonus of extra veggies, extra legumes, and a swirl of creaminess that makes this easy, every day dinner soup feel like a luxurious indulgence.

As for the leftovers, yowza! I’m happily scarfing a leftover bowl of this Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup while typing this, seriously! The flavors mingle and jingle and it’s just plain magic. Plan on snagging a bowl to take to work/school the next day and another to pair with a cheesy quesadilla for dinner. You can even stash a bowl or two in the freezer for heat and eat “fast food” without the fuss OR the sketchy ingredients.

It’s also a great use for rescuing all those broken tortilla chips at the bottom of the bag. Instead of tossing those crispity crunchity crumbs, use them as a tasty soup topper!

This uber easy and crazy flavorful Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup can be made in a pressure cooker, slow cooker, or on the stove - game on!

Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup

This easy peasy recipe yields 6 cups of deliciousness. That’s enough for 6 side-dish sized servings or 3 big bowls! Pair it with your favorite Mexican main (anything from tacos to enchiladas to burritos) or a fresh salad for a delicious dinner that won’t disappoint.

Meal prepping? Make it in advance and enjoy for lunches or dinners all week long! It’s FABULOUS the next day and oh so flavorful!

Vegetarian :: Vegan Option :: Gluten-Free :: Freezer-Friendly

Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup (Instant-Pot + Slow Cooker)

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Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup (Instant-Pot + Slow Cooker)

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Yield 6 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 tsp avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced
  • 2.5 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
  • 1 can (14-15 oz) tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes, extra to taste
  • 1/2 cup salsa verde (or your favorite salsa!)
  • 1 TBSP tomato paste
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained + rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can pinto  beans, drained + rinsed
  • 1 cup corn (fresh, canned, or frozen)
  • 3/4 cup dried red lentils
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4-1/2 cup heavy cream* (optional - see notes)
  • salt and pepper to taste

For a thicker soup, feel free to add some corn tortillas (torn into pieces) to the soup or simply swirl crushed tortilla chips into the soup after serving!

Pile on the toppings!

  • crushed tortilla chips - my favorite!
  • shredded cheddar  or mex-blend cheese
  • sliced or diced jalapeños
  • chopped red onion
  • fresh pico de gallo or salsa
  • sliced avocado
  • fresh cilantro
  • sour cream or greek yogurt

Instructions

Below are the electric pressure cooker and slow cooker instructions, see blog post below for directions to make this bad boy on the stove.

INSTANT POT INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Chop your veggies and measure out the ingredients. 
  2. Next add everything but the heavy cream your toppings.
  3. This includes bell pepper, jalapeño, corn, lentils, black beans, pinto beans, broth, tomato sauce, tomato paste, salsa verde, and all your herbs + spices. Toss them in and set IP to high pressure for 15 minutes. Walk away; FREEDOM!
  4. Allow natural pressure release.
  5. Stir in the cream, add all your favorite toppings, and enjoy!

SlOW COOKER INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. First chop your veggies and measure out the ingredients. This will make everything super easy to toss together!
  2. Next add everything except the heavy cream and toppings.
  3. Cook on high for 5-6 hours, until dried lentils are cooked through and veggies are tender.
  4. Swirl in the cream, add all your favorite toppings, and dive in!

Notes

* In place of the heavy cream, feel free to use half-and-half or cream cheese. Skipping the cream? No problem! This recipe can be made without it - let your tastebuds be your guide.

Feel free to adjust the consistency of the soup to your liking. The soup can be thinned with a little broth or tomato sauce if desired or thickened with extra cream or beans/veggies! If you add a lot of extra liquid, consider amping up the spices a smidge to compensate. You can also make this as mild or as spicy as you'd like. As written it's on the medium side. The type of salsa used, jalapeños, and cayenne pepper will control the heat factor.

Want it super chunky? Feel free to add extra beans and veggies! Simply amp up the seasoning as needed depending on how much extra goodies you add to the pot.

A NOTE ON SALT AND PEPPER :: I leave salting the dish to the end to prevent over-seasoning. Depending on the brand and type of broth, tomatoes, and beans that you use, the sodium content will vary. I usually don't add any salt until the end once I am able to taste the soup.

Pressure cooker recipes always leave out the details so here's a breakdown of what you can expect time-wise: About 13 minutes to come to pressure plus 15 minutes cook time and 15 or so to release pressure. You won't need to be anywhere near your kitchen for this all to partake, the Instant Pot will handle it all and switch to warm once it's done. So fabulous right? For the slow cooker, simply set a timer and you're good to go.

Nutrition facts below calculated before optional cream + toppings.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup

Amount Per Serving

Calories 269

% Daily Value

Total Fat 2 g

3%

Total Carbohydrates 45 g

15%

Protein 16 g

32%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup (Instant-Pot + Slow Cooker)

This uber easy and crazy flavorful Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup can be made in a pressure cooker, slow cooker, or on the stove - game on!

special diets and swaps

  • vegansaurus chefs: skip the cream and the cheese and you’re good to go
  • t-rex chefs: use chicken broth if needed and you’re 100% welcome to add chopped or shredded chicken to this BUT promise me you’ll still add all the veggies and legumes too? Deal?

optional stove-top instructions:

Bring a large pot to medium heat and add a drizzle of your favorite cooking oil. Sauté your onion until edges are golden, then add your bell pepper, jalapeño, and corn. Cook until peppers are tender, approx. 5 minutes.

Next add veggie broth, tomato sauce, salsa verde, beans, and spices; stir to mix. Let mixture come to a boil and add your dried lentils. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 25-30 minutes. The longer you let it cook the more pronounced the flavor will be. Feel free to cook a little longer if time permits, up to you! Lastly swirl in your cream. All that’s left to do is scoop out a bowlful, pile on the toppings, and face-plant into this tasty vegetarian lentil tortilla soup!

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annie

because saying you all is totally archaic? It’s like saying “let us go to dinner” instead of “let’s go to dinner.” Y’all just makes more sense, imho.

you know what else makes sense? This amazing tortilla soup. It looks so good and so easy. YUM.

    Jenn

    Girl, I’m with you – it makes all the sense to say it, yet it feels SO foreign on my tongue. It’s almost like I feel like I’m running around speaking with a British accent and everyone’s looking at me like, no ma’am! If that makes sense? #ineedcoffee Hope you get a chance to try the soup Annie! xo

      Beth

      Can you tell me how many servings this recipe makes? I’m planning on making it for my party.

        Jenn

        Hey Beth! Super excited for you to try it! The recipe yields approx. 6 one cup servings. 🙂

          Beth

          Thanks! I made it and it was a huge hit! Thanks!

Tara

Looks delicious! What kind of lentils do you use in this one? I’m a lentil newbie 🙂

    Jenn

    Thanks Tara! I’ve been using red lentils and LOVE them! Bob’s Red Mill has them at my local grocery store and here on amazon too: Red Lentils I updated the post with the specifics too – great question!

Rebecca

I don’t see how much corn to use as it’s not listed on the ingredient list. I’m headed to the store now to pick up these ingredients so I can make this for dinner. Looks yummy.

    Jenn

    Oh gosh Rebecca my brain must be broken! You’ll use a cup of corn for this one or can use up to 2 cups if you’d like more! 🙂 Fixing it right now (thanks for letting me know!) and I’m so excited for you to try the soup! xoxo

Shannon

Made this tonight. So good! I followed the recipe exactly. At the end, I added the heavy cream, a cup of shredded sharp cheddar and 2 bbq chicken breasts chopped into pieces. Will definitely make again

    Jenn

    Thanks Shannon, so stoked you enjoyed it! The bbq chicken and cheese sound like a delicious topper! 🙂

Anni

Just made this on Sunday for quick, re-heatable weeknight dinners and it turned out great! Not only is it delicious, it only took 15 minutes of prep and then my slow cooker did the rest. I used slightly more chicken broth than the recipe called for, 4oz of cream cheese in place of the heavy cream, and a full 15oz can of corn rather than one cup, it came out like a thick Mexican chili. 🙂 Awesome recipe!!

    Jenn

    Thank you Anni! So happy you enjoyed it! I LOVE when it comes out all thick and chili-like and the cream cheese in place of the cream? SWOON! Thanks for popping back over to let me know how it went – totally makes my day!

Paula

I just made this in my IP and had to let you know how very much I like this recipe. I didn’t have any heavy cream or cream cheese, so I left it out. It’s a great recipe and I know that I’ll make this time and again.

    Jenn

    So happy to hear it Paula! Thank you!! 🙂

Lisa

This soup was absolutely fabulous! I didn’t even need to add the cream, and I tried it with and without cheese, and with cilantro and a little sliced avocado. It was just the perfect amount of spicy, and so hearty with the lentils and kidney beans. Thanks so much for posting this delicious recipe with all the helpful suggestions!

    Jenn

    Thank you Lisa! So so happy to hear it! 🙂

Carol

Do I drain the canned black beans, corn, and pinto beans?

    Jenn

    Yes ma’am! I’ll update the recipe with more details in case anyone else has this question 🙂 Thanks Carol + I hope you adore the soup!

Beth

Made this tonight in my Instant Pot – it came out PERFECTLY! It was so delicious and my boyfriend loved it too. Saving this to make on a regular basis!!

    Jenn

    So super thrilled to hear it Beth, thank you! 🙂

Ganrielle

I am sneakily (is that even a word?) trying to convert my family to eating vegetarian. Currently I am in phase one of my covert operation which includes cutting out meat for breakfast and lunch. So far if my husband has notificed he hasn’t spoken up about it. I made this in my instant pot for our lunch this week and WOW it is so tasty! Not to mention easy as it get! I used brown lentils because that’s all my grocery store had, also omitted the cream and it the soup was still flavor packed. Thanks for sharing!

    Jenn

    Love it!! Your sneaky plan sounds like a great veggie-filled adventure and I’m so thrilled you enjoyed the soup! 🙂

Sasha

I made this soup in the slow cooker today. I used half and half at the end. I love this soup. It’s even better with blue corn tortilla chips crushed in it.

    Jenn

    Digging the addition of crushed blue corn chips (YUM!!) and so glad you loved the soup, Sasha! 🙂

Pamela @ Nutrition to Heal Yourself

I made this today and it is super delicious! Thanks for the simple healthy recipe.

Miller

Oh my goodness what a wonderful soup!! Made this on Cinco de Mayo and it was so hearty and flavorful we did not even miss the chicken. We are trying to eat less meat…
Unfortunately we are having a pot luck at work tomorrow and I offered to bring this soup…but that was before I tasted it. Now I want to be greedy and save it all for us!! I think I will be making this again very soon.

    Jenn

    Thank you! Thank you! So super thrilled you loved the soup and I hope it’s a total hit at the potluck! 🙂 It freezes really well too if you ever want to squirrel a few bowls away for later too, love it so!

Kim

We made this last night and decided it’s a keeper! Thanks for this great recipe. I had lunch for the next day as well as extra in the freezer for a lazy day.

    Jenn

    Ahhhh yay! Thank you Kim!! 🙂 Thank freezer bowl for sure will come in handy!

Kara

I made this for dinner last night and it was so amazing, I can’t say enough about it. I’m trying to phase out meat from my diet and you definitely don’t miss it in this recipe and it really keeps you full. I cooked this on the stove top and I subbed fresh garlic for the garlic powder and used 1 tbsp of chilli powder. I actually ended up forgetting to add the heavy cream but it wasn’t even missed. This is 100% a keeper.

    Jenn

    So over the moon to hear it Kara, thank you! 🙂

Pamela @ Nutrition to Heal Yourself

I have made this and it is amazing! Instead of cream I subbed masa harina and just threw it into the mix. So great, thanks for the recipe.

M

Just made this with my own slight adjustments and it’s amazing. Do you have an estimated calorie count/nutritional info? Thank you!

    Jenn

    Hey M! I don’t currently have a recipe widget that I trust to calculate something so super technical (I’d hate for it to be wrong and mislead anyone!) so I don’t have the nutrition facts. My old widget said the soup was 50 calories per serving which was clearly off, given the protein density of the lentils.

    I’d venture to guess it’s fairly low calorie + high protein thanks to all the lentils and veggies. The toppings and substitutions/adjustments made would also play a big part in your final calculation.

CatUnderwood

It was absolutely delicious and very filling. Thank you.

    Jenn

    Thank you Cat! I’m so stoked you enjoyed it! 🙂

Breanne

How many calories and what is the serving size?

    Jenn

    Hi Breanne! Depending on swaps and substitutions, the recipe yields 6 one cup servings at approx. 352 calories per serving, before toppings.

Hilda

Hi there, can’t wait to try this receipe, it looks delicious. Just wondering please – at what point does the Salsa Verde go in, in the Stove Top version? Thanks!

    Jenn

    Oh gosh I must have spaced out, thank you Hilda! I’m updating the stove top version to include the step — it goes in with the broth and tomato sauce 🙂 xoxo

Paula

I made this recipe today as part of my lunchtime meal prep for next week and tried a portion for my dinner tonight. WOW! It’s amazing! I upped the veggie broth to 4c and doubled my spices, as I split it into 8 servings (5 for lunches, 1 for the dinner I mentioned, and 2 to freeze for my leftover week). I skipped adding the heavy cream and will add Greek yogurt to each portion after warming it up. This will definitely be going into my regular rotation! Thanks for the great Gluten Free (I’m a Celiac) recipe!

Megan

If I wanted to cook this in my slow cooker on low, do you know how long that would take? I’m at work all day and wouldn’t want it to over cook if I left it on high for 8-9 hours. Thanks!

    Jenn

    Hey Megan! On low soups typically take about 6-8 hours to cook in the slow cooker but sometimes tomato based soups taste slightly metallic when cooked that long. If you’ve made anything tomato based for 8+ hours in your slow cooker and didn’t have any issues you should be good to go! 🙂 Let me know how it goes!

Regan

Recipe was very good. I tweaked it for personal spice preferences. Leftovers were frozen and were good reheated.

    Jenn

    So glad you enjoyed it Regan! 🙂

aimee @shugarysweets

Just made this for dinner tonight, OMG it’s so good!!!! Thanks for a keeper!

    Jenn

    Aimee you just made my day! Thank you 🙂

Tabatha

Made this for lunch for hubby & I this afternoon. He’s a gotta-have-meat-with-every-meal kind of guy, but he LOVED it. Said the kick of heat at the end of each bite was perfect and requested I add it to our Football Sunday rotation (but add chicken. Darn, thought I had him lol!). I forgot all about the cream, but it was still super yummy. Thanks for this winner!,?

    Jenn

    Yay!!!! So glad it was a touchdown, haha 🙂 Thank you so much Tabatha! I always do a little happy dance when a straight up carnivore gives a bowl-o-veggies a thumbs up! You could totally make some veggie only freeze-for-later bowls and I bet he’d be like oh that’s fast easy and available? DONE DEAL! Meat who? 😉 I play entirely too many tricks on my man lol

Jen

Just made this! Outstanding and the kids love it. One is eating with rice the other with chips. I can tell you there is a sweet potato that will have this poured over it tomorrow for lunch. Great stuff! Thanks so much. I did some crude math and without the toppings this not only delish but a caloric dream!

    Jenn

    So super happy to hear it Jen, thank you! That sweet potato tomorrow is going to be EPIC! 🙂

Cc

This was amazing! Did not even need cream at end.. lentils break down and make it creamy

    Jenn

    So thrilled you enjoyed it! Thank’s Cc! 🙂

Hilda

I’m using dried beans, can they be used instead of the canned? If so, how many cups?

    Jenn

    Hi Hilda! So excited for you to try the recipe!

    I’ve talked to a few other people on the Instant Pot Community on Facebook and they all seem to make their beans from dried on their own in the pot, then use what they need for the soup and freeze the rest. I think if you put the dried beans in with the soup and cooked it for the 40 or so minutes the beans need the veggies might end up suuuuuper mushy, though I’ll have to test it to know for sure!

    You’ll use about 2 cups of black beans and 2 cups of pinto beans 🙂 Happy cooking!

Jasna

I love the recipe, will do it up without oil and dairy. I was thinking, instead of using dairy, you could soak some raw cashews and blend them and add to the soup for some creaminess.

    Jenn

    Jasna that sounds marvelous! I’ve been meaning to try a cashew cream sauce forever – YUM!

Laura

I’m worried about 15 min on high for he instant pot. I set it, but..almost.everything is cooked. That’s a long time. Oh, and natural release? It keeps cooking. I’m trusting you. Hope I don’t get mush.

    Jenn

    Hey Laura!

    It works great for me each time I’ve made it (I also fear mushy veggies, I totally understand!) but for this particular recipe I do really love texture from the burst lentils (it makes the soup so creamy!) If you’d like to cut the power early or even quick release the valve, go for it! The soup can always be cooked longer after the fact. xoxo

Lala

Thanks for the recipe. I made this tonight. My only change was I added smoked paprika

    Jenn

    LOVE smoked paprika! So excited you enjoyed it Lala! 🙂

Allie

I found this recipe through a spontaneous google search, made it exactly following the instructions in the slow cooker and oh my is it DELICIOUS. Seriously, I had it for dinner last night, lunch today, and I’m already looking forward to eating more for dinner! If you eat dairy do yourself a favor and eat it with the cream added, it is out of this world. This is a keeper! Thank you!

    Jenn

    I’m totally happy dancing my face off right now – thank you Allie!!! 🙂

Jackie

Hi there! I plan on making this tomorrow but could only find canned lentil beans at the store (no driied lentils). Is that okay?

    Jenn

    Hey Jackie! Canned lentils are a-ok! Drain and rise them first and you’re good to go! Since the dried lentils suck up so much liquid and the canned will not, you can probably get away with using half the broth the recipe calls for, and then just adding any extra to taste after the recipe has finished cooking. This way you can control how soupy or chunky the soup is 🙂

    If using the Instant Pot method you can also cook the soup faster too without the dried lentils. I’d set the cook time to about 5 minutes or so.

      Jackie

      Thank you! I’m making in the slow cooker, so I should I add the canned lentils in the beginning when I add all the other ingredients, or wait until it’s all done cooking before adding the lentils?

        Jenn

        When I make this in the slow cooker I add all the other beans at the beginning so I’d say go ahead and toss ’em in with the others! 🙂

Katie Schratz

Hi there Jenn!
This recipe looks awwwwesome – do you think French Green lentils would work, too? – maybe like I should parboil or like partially cook them first?

    Jenn

    Hey Katie! Go for it! They’re the same size as the red lentils so I don’t think you’ll need to parboil at all 🙂

Ann Marie

Hi Jenn, I made this for dinner and it was very good! The problem that I had it was more of a chili rather then
a soup. I made it in my IP and followed the directions to a T. Any suggestions?

Thank you!

    Jenn

    Hey Ann Maire, I’m so glad you liked it! Thank you! There’s a note within the recipe that mentions the consistency since everyone is a little different in their preferences. I like my soups a bit more stew-like (kind of like a chili as you described) but this recipe 110% tastes great “souped up” with extra vegetable broth! Add as much broth as you’d like to reach the perfect soup to veggie/bean ratio and, if needed, you can amp up the spices to compenstae if you find yourself adding lots of broth. It’s super easy and you can even do this with the leftover bowls! 🙂 Hope this helps! xoxo

      Ann Marie

      Hi Jenn, Thank you for the response! I apologize I didn’t see that in the original recipe. I definitely will be making this again and will add more broth and spices.

        Jenn

        Hey love, no worries at all! Make that bad boy as soupy as you’d like! 🙂 It’s so flexible and great every which way that we’ve made it. Happy slurping!

Avery Koch

I’ve made this so many times..and have gotten so many coworkers hooked. To compltely skip the prep work, I throw in half a bag of Trader Joe’s frozen fire roasted bell pepper and onion mix..game changer! I also skip the cream and just add a dollop of nonfat greek yogurt on the top when it’s prepared, makes it perfectly creamy! I eat on this for dinner all week long – can’t get enough!

    Jenn

    WOOT! Loving these tips/shortcuts Avery and I’m so stoked you’re enjoying the recipe! Thanks! 🙂

Stephanie

I actually make this without draining the beans. I think maybe when I originally read the recipe I wasn’t sure what to do so I just dumped them in. It works out well though! I just don’t add any additional salt. I also use a combo of red lentils and green lentils. Really good and easy to throw together! Thanks for the recipe!

    Jenn

    Ooh Stephanie I bet it acts as a great soup thickener too – that’s awesome that it works great both ways! Thanks chica! 🙂

Priti

Hi! What kind of onion do you use for the diced onion? Yellow? white? red? 🙂 THanks! Making it today!

    Jenn

    Hi Priti! 🙂 Great question! I’ve used both yellow and white here and both are great! Red would probably work as well if you’re a fan of red onion (I haven’t met an onion I didn’t like, lol!)

lucy

How many millilitres/pints is a “cup” exactly? A cup could be any size so it would be helpful if you specified the quantity. This is my ideal soup but I don’t want to make it too watery. ^.^

    Jenn

    The US is kind of lame for not having jumped on the metric train ages ago, LOL! I write them up with the measurements I was raised on but feel free to convert them or shoot me a message anytime you need a conversion Lucy, xo!

    Our 1 cup liquid measurement is 240 mL which I believe is also half a pint. (I used this chart)

lucy

Thanks for converting it, that sounds about right but I’m sure I could add more liquid if not. Our kitchen is being refurbished at the moment but I will do this sooooon!

    Jenn

    Happy to help! Hope you adore the soup, Lucy! xoxo

karen Cassens

In the crockpot now! I used Trader Joes frozen roasted corn, blistered my grape heirloom tomatoes on the stove and pureed for the sauce, and then charred two Poblano Peppers on the stove too for the salsa and chopped, increasing the spices, as I did not have any Salsa Verde in the house. It smells yummy and I’ll report back! Think I’ll add Masa to thicken if needed, but I’ll wait to see how it turns out! Love the recipe!

    Jenn

    Sounds awesome Karen, thank you!! I can’t wait to hear what you think! 🙂

Nathalie r

Love this recipe, make it once a week in the instant pot. Family loves it too. Thanks for sharing.

Gina

From the moment I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint! I’ve been a pescetarian for three years and find myself craving tortilla soup often, but most recipes include chicken. I was so happy to find one that I could try! I don’t have an instant pot or slow cooker, but it worked great on the stove as well.

    Jenn

    Yayyy! Thank you Gina! So glad it worked great on the stove and that you enjoyed the recipe!! 🙂

lindsay

This. is. amazing! Tons of flavor. easy. a huge hit in my house.

Patty

I made this last night with a side of cheese quesadillas. My husband really enjoyed it. Super tasty.

Kelly

Making this for a second time. Loved the first batch, but today I’m using soythwest seasoning. Hope I like it just as much!

    Jenn

    Ooh fun – let me know how the seasoning goes! Thanks Kelly! 🙂

Ryan

Just made this and the entire family loved it! Added some cheddar to the soup and used the full 1/2C Heavy cream. Topped with your pico de gallo, cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips. It was so tasty and one of the very best ip recipes i’ve made to date. Thanks!

    Jenn

    ahhhh yay! So happy to hear it Ryan, thank you! 🙂

Sarah Parker

Has anybody tried this in an Instant Pot yet with the Dried beans and upping the cooking time. If so can you Post aS to how it turned out? I Am trying to stay away from canned beans but would of course prefer not to have to precook the beans before making the soup.

    Jenn

    Hi Sarah! So I make a black bean dip with dried black beans and peppers/onion mixed in and what basically happens is that the delicate vegetables go beyond the point of tender and turn to complete mush (which is great since I’m blending the dip with a blender and all I need them for is flavor) so I’m not sure if this recipe can be made with dried beans. 30-40 minutes of high pressure (plus pressure build and release time) are usually needed to cook the beans and that is a lot of pressure for the veggies to endure, so they lose their shape/texture/etc in my experience.

    My favorite time saving hack for skipping cans entirely is to make my beans in the IP meal-prep style and then freeze them all measured out in 1 cup or 2 cup servings after cooking/cooling. This way when I need beans for a recipe I can use my cooked-from-dried beans that I’ve cooked up in my IP and bypass the need for cans entirely! I try to do this whenever possible bc it’s such a time + money saver in the long run! 🙂

    Hope this helps and that you get to try the recipe soon – It’s one of my favorites! xoxo

      Sarah Parker

      Thanks for your prompt reply. I am going to try the recipe this weekend and will do the beans first! Thanks.

Traci

This was AMAZING!!! I was hopeful i would like it and i ended up loving it!! Thank you!

    Jenn

    YAY!!!! So glad Traci! 🙂 Thank you!

Anh

For the instant pot, is it possible to add small pieces of raw chicken breast into this at the same time as all the ingredients? And do you think that’ll make the chicken moist? Thanks

    Jenn

    Yes you may absolutely use chopped raw chicken to the pot and cook as directed with a natural pressure release. The 15 minute cook time plus NPR should be adequate to cook the chicken as well as the lentils. Chicken breast may be used but in my experience, the moistest juiciest option is to use chicken thighs. I use both breast and thighs when I make chicken curry in my IP and found myself favoring the thighs majorly! Hope this helps! xo

SARA G

THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS DELICIOUS RECIPE! i MADE IT VEGAN BY SKIPPING THE CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTING THE HEAVY CREAM FOR COCONUT MILK. i ALSO ADDED A SWEET POTATO AND IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST SOUPS I’VE MADE.

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