Spicy Lentil Soup Recipe (Slow Cooker or Stove Top)

This Spicy Lentil Soup with chipotles is a warm & comforting hearty soup that’s perfect for chilly Fall days! Make this easy soup recipe on the stove or in your slow cooker.

This post was originally published in 2017. It was updated in 2022 to add new photographs.

This Spicy Lentil Soup is perfect to make ahead and then pack for lunches during the week.

It’s got a smoky kick from the chipotle pepper, a nice tang from a good squeeze of lime juice, and a creamy texture due to the fact that I blend it up a bit at the end.

The flavors are reminiscent of a great chili, but in my opinion, this chipotle lentil soup has a little something extra from the tanginess and creaminess. Plus, it’s totally vegetarian! I love to top my bowl with some fresh cilantro, avocado and sour cream…

Overhead shot of two bowl of spicy lentil soup.

Bonus?

Should you choose to go the slow cooker route, you can just pile all the yummy ingredients into your crockpot in the morning and you’ll come home to this beautiful, smoky chipotle lentil soup that’s just perfect for these chilly fall evenings that we’ve been having lately.

It’s warm and comforting and requires nothing from you after you come home from a long day at work… Meaning that all you have to do is pour the wine and decide which episode of Real Housewives you want to enjoy while slurping up this soup…

🛒 Ingredients Needed

  • Lentils – Red, brown or green will work.
  • Celery + Carrots
  • Onion + Garlic
  • Canned Tomatoes – I prefer to use petite diced tomatoes.
  • Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce – You’ll find these in the Mexican foods aisle in small cans.
  • Vegetable Broth – Or bone broth or chicken stock.
  • Cumin + Oregano
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Cilantro
  • Lime Juce
  • Toppings – Avocado, sour cream, cilantro, jalapenos, cheese
Ingredients for spicy lentil soup in crockpot.

📋 How to Make It

Stove Top Directions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery and carrots, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, cumin and oregano, and cook about 30 seconds, until fragrant.
  • Add the lentils chipotles and adobo sauce, vegetable broth, and diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Then, reduce the heat to a rapid simmer, partially cover, and cook until lentils are tender, 30-35 minutes.
  • Transfer 3 cups of the soup to a blender and let cool for about 15 minutes. Puree until the mixture is almost smooth. Pour the mixture back into pot. Stir in the lime juice and cilantro.
  • Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Directions

  • Add the onion, celery, carrots, garlic, lentils, cumin, oregano and chipotle peppers to the slow cooker.
  • Stir in the vegetable broth, diced tomatoes and adobo sauce.
  • Cook on LOW until the lentils are tender, 8-10 hours. Or, on HIGH for 4-5 hours.
  • Transfer 3 cups of the soup to a blender and let cool for about 15 minutes. Puree until the mixture is almost smooth. Pour the mixture back into the slow cooker. Stir in the lime juice and cilantro.
  • Enjoy!

🕕 How to Make Ahead + Store

To Store: Store in a tightly covered container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
To Reheat: Gently reheat on the stove over medium-low heat until hot. You can also microwave the leftovers.
To Freeze: Store in a tightly sealed container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

🍷 Wine Pairings

  • Tempranillo, Zinfandel, and Malbec will stand up to the smoky heat in this lentil soup.
Overhead shot of bowl of lentil soup topped with chopped chipotles and served with spoon.

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Overhead shot of two bowl of spicy lentil soup.

Spicy Lentil Soup Recipe

This Spicy Lentil Soup is a warm and comforting hearty soup that’s perfect for chilly Fall days! The chipotle peppers give it a bit of heat and a great smoky flavor.
4.89 from 9 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil (if making on the stove)
  • 2 cups lentils (red, brown or green, rinsed)
  • 2 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 2 carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 1/2 yellow onion (diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 14.5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers (seeded & minced, plus 3 teaspoons adobo sauce from the can)
  • 1 quart vegetable broth (or chicken stock or bone broth)
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice

For Topping

  • Avocado
  • Sour Cream
  • Cilantro

Instructions

Stove Top

  • Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onion, celery and carrots, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.Add the garlic, cumin and oregano, and cook about 30 seconds, until fragrant.
  • Add the lentils, chipotles, adobo sauce, vegetable broth, water and diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Then, reduce the heat to a rapid simmer, partially cover, and cook until lentils are tender, 30-35 minutes.
  • For a smoother soup, transfer 3 cups of the soup to a blender and puree until the mixture is almost smooth. Pour the mixture back into pot.
  • Stir in the lime juice and cilantro. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker

  • Add the onion, celery, carrots, garlic, lentils, cumin, oregano and chipotle peppers and adobo sauce to the slow cooker.
  • Stir in the vegetable broth, water and diced tomatoes.
  • Cook on LOW until the lentils are tender, 8-10 hours. Or, on HIGH for 4-5 hours.
  • For a smoother soup, transfer 3 cups of the soup to a blender and puree until the mixture is almost smooth. Pour the mixture back into the slow cooker.
  • Stir in the lime juice and cilantro. Enjoy!
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Equipment

Slow Cooker optional
Large Pot optional

Nutrition

Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1552mg | Potassium: 800mg | Fiber: 21g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 4250IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 5.8mg

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19 thoughts on “Spicy Lentil Soup Recipe (Slow Cooker or Stove Top)”

  1. I’m completely obsessed with soup lately! It’s just gotten cold here in upstate NY so its definitely time for lots of homemade soup = so I’ll definitely be making this! I actually just posted a Roasted Tomato Soup to my blog today in case you want to check it out!

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  2. I’ve got this recipe going in the slow cooker as I type! The recipe says to add Avocado to the blender, but the ingredient list doesn’t specify how much. So, how much did you use? Thanks!

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  3. Okay, I just stumbled across this recipe and have all the ingredients on hand to make it! EXCEPT…a slow cooker. How can I adapt this to stove top?

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