Recipe: Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup by Peas and Crayons

In honor of January, which is both National Slow Cooking Month and National Soup Month, I recommend this delicious Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup by Peas and Crayons
Photo and Recipe by Peas and Crayons

This comes from Peas and Crayons, and it’s one of my favorite recipes for a few reasons:

  1. It’s perfect to meal prep for either lunch or dinner for the week.
  2. Besides chopping up some onions and peppers, there’s minimal prep necessary.
  3. It’s hands off after you dump all of the ingredients into the slow cooker.

I will admit that mine turns out a little more like chili than soup, but it’s perfect for winter months. The soup is so colorful and flavorful, which is why it’s one of my go-to vegetarian recipes.

My tips and suggestions

  • Don’t add the heavy cream. (I promise you won’t miss out on anything, especially the extra calories.)
  • Use low sodium broth. Canned beans and crushed tomatoes will give you more than enough salt.
  • Buy pre-cut onions and peppers to make this one of the easiest meals you’ll ever make.
  • If you have are using split lentils, your cooking time will be cut in half.


What you’ll need + recommendations

  • 1 medium yellow or red onion
    (I used red onion because they contain more antioxidants.)
  • 1 tsp oil (avocado or olive)
  • 1 bell pepper
    (I used frozen pre-diced red, yellow, and green peppers.)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 2.5 cups vegetable broth
  • 15 oz canned tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
    (I recommend crushed tomatoes with chiles to add a little heat.)
  • 1/2 cup mild or medium salsa verde
    (I recommend salsa verde that uses chiles to add some spiciness.)
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 15 oz can black beans (drained + rinsed)
  • 15 oz can pinto beans (drained + rinsed)
  • 1 cup corn (fresh, canned, or frozen)
  • 3/4 cup dried red lentils
    (I used split red lentils from Trader Joe’s, and my soup was done in 2 hours on high.)
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste


Get the recipe

Head over to Peas and Crayons for this Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup.