Sopa de Lentejas

More of a Mexican take on the Spicy Lentil Soup recipe, this uses 2 relatively mild dried chillies to bring in a breadth of flavour.  Again, the chillies here add interest and not just heat – the Anchos bring a full fruity flavour and an intense dark colour whilst the Meco (pronounced May-Co) chipotle adds a wonderful smokiness.  This soup has a medium heat, pleasantly warming for those cold winter meals.

Sopa de Lentejas
Sopa de Lentejas, served with fried tortilla strips

Preparation & Cooking time: 1hr 15 mins

Serves: 4


  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 dried Ancho Chilli , deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 Meco Chipotle Chilli, deseeded & finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds, ground
  • 1 large Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 1 large Carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 stick Celery, finely chopped
  • 250g Green Lentils (such as Puy Lentils), rinsed
  • 100g Red Lentils
  • 1 tsp dried Mixed Herbs
  • 1.5+ litres Water
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1/2 Red Pepper, finely chopped
  • 4+ tsp Marigold Vegetable Stock Powder


  • Gently fry off the chopped chilli in the oil for a few seconds to release the colour and flavours, but do not burn.  Add the cumin, onions and garlic and cook through for a couple of minutes, stirring
  • Stir in the carrots and celery and cook for a further 2 minutes
  • Add the lentils and water and stir well.  Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes before adding the tomato puree
  • Continue to simmer until the green lentils are tender (maybe 45 mins to 1 hour total)
  • Add the red peppers and stock powder or salt to taste.  Add extra water if required and cook for a further 5 minutes
  • Serve with fried corn tortilla strips sprinkled on the surface

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Tes says:

    This lentil dish sounds really flavourful and delicious. I love that it also seems very simple to make. It must be a perfect comfort food.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Margo says:

    marigold veg. powder????
    Is this only available in the UK? pity.
    Here in Southern Ontario, Canada, I cannot find a decent veg. powder. : (
    Would be great if they shipped? Do you know?

    1. Recommended by the great Delia herself, This is one of my ‘must have’ ingredients these days – the easiest way to get good quality vegetable stock for everyday use. Not one of your ordinary MSG infused stock powders, but ‘real’ ingredients – it really does make a difference. I’m sure there are comparable products in Canada (probably need to check health food shops), if not, you may have to resort to an on-line supplier. Maybe contact the suppler direct?

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