Lentil Soup with Chorizo Recipe | Sopa de Lentejas con Chorizo (2024)

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Easy Lentil Soup with spicy Mexican Chorizo, a quick meal that you can enjoy for lunch or dinner. It also includes vegetables.

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I feel so blessed to be able to call my mom or one of my aunts in México to talk about food recipes. Just a couple of weeks ago, we were talking about how each one of us makes our Lentil Soup. My aunt says she adds pork meat cut into cubes, while my mom prefers to add bacon or sausages (hot dogs sausages). I prefer to add Chorizo. The vegetables are diverse.

Lentil Soup with Chorizo Recipe

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My aunt and I love to add plantain into the soup. And she also adds spinach. My friend Nora, from the Blog “Gusta Usted”, adds fried plantains and cooked eggs. In the Mexican region of Yucatán Península, Lentil soup is a rich combination of pork meat, chorizo, and sausages with carrots and potatoes.

See, even though all of us are Mexicans, everyone has its very own particular way of cooking a lentil soup. So, next time you see a recipe for a Mexican Lentil soup thinks twice. There are so many versions of this soup to count.

And how do you make your lentil soup?

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How to make Chorizo Lentil Soup

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Directions

For the sauce:

  • Place the tomatoes and garlic in a blender with a cup of the broth. Mix until smooth and set aside.(Please check the ingredients list below)

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  • In a large pot, cook the chorizo over medium heat until well browned. (It will release some fat) About 8 minutes. Remove some of the excess fat from the pot leaving just one tablespoon.
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  • Add the carrots and onion; cook for about 5 minutes until soft.
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  • Stir in the tomato-garlic sauce and cook for about 8 more minutes.
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  • Now, is time to add the lentils, broth, and water. Bring to a boil for a couple of minutes and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the thyme and bay leave. Simmer for about 40 minutes or until lentils are tender.
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Lentil Soup with Chorizo Recipe | Sopa de Lentejas con Chorizo (9)

Lentil Soup with Chorizo

Mely Martínez

This recipe is a rich combination of pork meat, chorizo, and sausages with carrots and potatoes. See, even though all of us are Mexicans, everyone has its very own particular way of cooking a lentil soup. So, next time you see a recipe for a Mexican Lentil soup think twice.

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 1 hour hr

Total Time 1 hour hr 10 minutes mins

Course Soups

Cuisine Mexican

Servings 6

Calories 294 kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. Mexican Chorizo You can use bacon cut in small pieces
  • 2 cups of brown lentils rinsed
  • 3 to 4 plump tomatoes chopped
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3 medium carrots peeled and cut in small pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 5 ½ cups of chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leave
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • About 1 ½ cups of water

Instructions

For the sauce:

  • Place the tomatoes and garlic in a blender with a cup of the broth. Mix until smooth and set aside.

For the soup:

  • In a large pot, cook the chorizo over medium heat until well browned. (It will release some fat) About 8 minutes. Remove some of the excess fat from the pot leaving just one tablespoon.

  • Add the carrots and onion; cook for about 5 minutes until soft.

  • Stir in the tomato-garlic sauce and cook for about 8 more minutes.

  • Now, is time to add the lentils, broth and water. Bring to a boil for a couple of minutes and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the thyme and bay leave. Simmer for about 40 minutes or until lentils are tender.

Notes

Add some more water if soup gets to dry for your taste.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 294kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 20gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1108mgPotassium: 1301mgFiber: 23gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 5370IUVitamin C: 41mgCalcium: 131mgIron: 8mg

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  1. Oralia

    Lentil Soup with Chorizo Recipe | Sopa de Lentejas con Chorizo (14)
    This is so simple to make and so delicious. Chorizo comes in 8 oz. links here so I use a bit more than the recipe called for and I also ended up adding about 5-6 oz of tomato sauce at the end because things were looking drier than the time needed to get the lentils softer. All in all I simmered for closer to 90 minutes on a power burner set to medium simmer. I served it topped with crumbled queso fresco and cilantro and corn tortillas which was absolutely perfect. This is a keeper and will be a frequent flier 🙂

    Reply

  2. Catherine Rose Ballsrdo-Watson

    I'm trying your recipe. It's on my stove cooking and it smells amazing 🤩💯

    Reply

  3. Marie Ferrante

    Mely, I want to make this but what are matoes?

    Reply

    • Mely Martínez

      Hello Marie,
      That was a typo for tomatoes, if you read further down the instructions, we are talking about tomatoes. Thank you for noticing. I just fixed that! Happy cooking!

      Reply

      • Marie

        Oops sorry, I did not realize! I made the soup today and it smells heavenly! Thanks for all your beautiful and delicious recipes! I love your book!

  4. Jeff

    Lentil Soup with Chorizo Recipe | Sopa de Lentejas con Chorizo (15)
    Thanks for the great recipe! I was confused about one point though: should there be potatoes in the ingredient list/recipe (since they're listed in the description)?

    Reply

    • Mely Martínez

      Hello Jeff,
      You can add 1 small potato diced. Add them at the same time when you add the carrots.

      Reply

  5. Mary

    Lentil Soup with Chorizo Recipe | Sopa de Lentejas con Chorizo (16)
    Hello-

    Have you tried adding a couple of tbsp of vinegar to the pot of lentil soup? Something about vinegar brings a depth of flavor out of the lentils. Please let me know what you think.

    Thank you for your website and all the work you do.

    Best Regards-

    Mary

    • mmartinez

      Hello Mary,
      I'll try it next time I make Lentil soup! Thanks for the tip!

      Reply

  6. Mary Silva

    Lentil Soup with Chorizo Recipe | Sopa de Lentejas con Chorizo (17)
    Hi! Thank U for this new way of making Lentejas! I have one I also learned over 20yrs ago. lentejas con garbanzo Soup! boil garbanzos till almost tender add lentil,onion,garlic,tomato,cilantro,chile jalapeno or poblano sliced in stripes and salt and pepper! try it its delicious!

    Reply

    • Mely

      Hola Silvia,

      Thank for such a great recipe with lentils and chickpeas. It sounds mouth watering.

      Saludos!

      Reply

  7. Ziho

    Lentil Soup with Chorizo Recipe | Sopa de Lentejas con Chorizo (18)
    Qué rico!

    El chorizo le ha de dar un toque especial a la preparación ordinaria de las lentejas.

    Gracias

    Reply

  8. J

    Lentil Soup with Chorizo Recipe | Sopa de Lentejas con Chorizo (19)
    My husband has been asking for me to make things with chorizo. I am sure he would love this!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

    Have a great rest of your week!
    Jackie

    Reply

  9. garlutti

    Lentil Soup with Chorizo Recipe | Sopa de Lentejas con Chorizo (20)
    Que receta e lentejas tan buena ...la apunto...son diferentes a como las hacemos por aqui..pero me gusta cambiar.Besos MARIMI

    Reply

  10. Analida Braeger

    Lentil Soup with Chorizo Recipe | Sopa de Lentejas con Chorizo (21)
    Mely, what a nice recipe with lentils. I love lentejas, and make a couple of different soups with them. This one with chorizo sounds great. i will make it for sure. Gracias!!!

    Reply

  11. doggybloggy

    Lentil Soup with Chorizo Recipe | Sopa de Lentejas con Chorizo (22)
    what a great soup - lentils are one of my favorites...

    Reply

  12. Pam

    Lentil Soup with Chorizo Recipe | Sopa de Lentejas con Chorizo (23)
    It looks delicious and what a great recipe!

    Reply

  13. Gloria

    Lentil Soup with Chorizo Recipe | Sopa de Lentejas con Chorizo (24)
    I too like the addition of the chorizo to lentil soup. I make mine like Barbie does but the chorizo would be great. Wonderful photos Mely and everything looks very good. By the way, thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great weekend.

    Reply

  14. Isabel

    Lentil Soup with Chorizo Recipe | Sopa de Lentejas con Chorizo (25)
    Lentejas for the win! My kids love them and chorizo just elevates them.

    Reply

  15. girlichef

    Lentil Soup with Chorizo Recipe | Sopa de Lentejas con Chorizo (26)
    This sounds fantastic, Mely! I'm bookmarking and I'm going to make it later on in the week. I know mi esposo will love it as much as I will. Thanks. And you're so right...I would LOVE to be your neighbor. Can you imagine the magical smells that would connect our houses? Ahhhh....

    Thanks for sharing with the hearth and soul hop 🙂 xo

    Reply

  16. Diana Bauman

    Lentil Soup with Chorizo Recipe | Sopa de Lentejas con Chorizo (27)
    Mely, Why have I never thought to add Mexican chorizo to lentejas. Oh my.. this is on my menu plan for next week! Gracias Amiga ;D

    Reply

  17. Erica

    Lentil Soup with Chorizo Recipe | Sopa de Lentejas con Chorizo (28)
    I love lentils!!!! This recipe is similar to the Colombian lentejas, but we use Colombian chorizo...Delicious!

    Reply

  18. Candace

    Lentil Soup with Chorizo Recipe | Sopa de Lentejas con Chorizo (29)
    I have never made lentil soup but this recipe looks wonderful. I bought a package of lentils last week to try and this looks like the perfect recipe. Thanks so much for stopping by to see me and for your kind and encouraging words! They meant a lot to me. Have a great weekend, Candace

    Reply

  19. NORA

    Mely se me hace curioso que agregues las lentejas crudas. Yo las cuezo primero y luego les añado el recaudo con el chorizo. Tengo que probar tu método!

    Besos

    Reply

  20. Kankana

    Lentil Soup with Chorizo Recipe | Sopa de Lentejas con Chorizo (30)
    We use lentils a lots in India .. but never really had it as a soup:)

    Reply

  21. Melynda

    Stopping by from Miz Helen's Country Cottage, congratulations!

    Reply

  22. Miz Helen

    Congratulations Mely! I am honored to pass along The Stylish Blog Award to you. I love coming to your blog and your food is amazing! You can pick up your award on my blog.
    Best Wishes,
    Miz Helen

    Reply

  23. Andrea

    Lentil Soup with Chorizo Recipe | Sopa de Lentejas con Chorizo (31)
    We used to live on the Mexican border and had the most AMAZING food! I've bookmarked ya!

    Reply

  24. Candace

    Hola Mely!

    Thank you so much for stopping by to see me! I think the Mango Salsa would be perfect with roasted chicken. It is also wonderful on fish tacos. The pineapple salsa with the fish tacos is even better, I think. You should definitely try to visit New England sometime. It's so beautiful up here! I hope you have great success this week with making good food choices. I know how hard it is for me and if there was mexican food around me constantly then it would be even harder. 🙂

    Have a great weekend,
    Candace

    Reply

  25. Swathi

    Mely,

    Try with fresh sweet mango, little cardamom , sugar( depending upon your wish) and yogurt, store made pulp will contain some preservative, that is the reason the taste is missing.

    Reply

  26. Mexico in my kitchen

    Doggybloggy: I bet you make a superb good lentil soup

    Tom: You are very kind. And very talented using words. 🙂

    Swathi:Yeah! Lentils are good with almost anything.

    Grilichef; I love the used of different lentils in your recipe.

    Thanks all for stopping by.

    Mely

    Taste of Beirut: I will have to check how do you make lentil sou in Beirut.

    Erica: I also love Colombian Chorizo in soups.

    Reply

  27. Swathi

    Looks delicious, I love lentil in anything.

    Reply

  28. Tom | Tall Clover Farm

    Mely, every time I've been to Mexico I marvel at the simple joys and importance of family life. A walk in the town park on Sunday, families picnicking at the beach, a room of laughter bursting onto the street as I pass by an open window. Such love of family and friends is seen in each of your recipes and happy writings. You, Mely have found the recipe for a good life. Thank you, muchisimas gracias for sharing it with all of us and inviting us into your kitchen.

    Reply

  29. girlichef

    Mely- I made this and posted it today. So Delicious, thank you 🙂

    Reply

  30. tasteofbeirut

    I have always used the lentil soup we make in Lebanese cuisine but yours now is tempting me! Richer and more flavorful, with all that chorizo and tomato based flavors!

    Reply

  31. Chow and Chatter

    hugs Mely yep hubby wants a boy

    Reply

  32. Tom | Tall Clover Farm

    Mely, this looks great, but I'm going to have make your pumpkin empanadas first as I just baked a winter squash.

    Reply

  33. Butterpoweredbike

    I've made so much lentil soup in my day, but always in the french style. I just love the idea of putting a mexican spin on it. Thanks for sharing your great recipe with the Hearth and Soul hop.

    Reply

  34. J L Health 918-836-0565

    Oh wow!.... My stomach growled when I saw your first picture! That looks muy bonita....If we were neighbors you might get tired of seeing me!

    Thanks so much for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

    Reply

  35. Chow and Chatter

    great soup Mely I make mine with carrot and cilantro

    Reply

  36. Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy

    I never knew that mexican food also has a lentil soup.As I told you before I have a mexican couple just next door and we are very good friends but never heard from them too.I love lentils and this soup sound so so wholesome and hearty

    Reply

  37. My Kitchen Flavors

    This Letil soup looks delicious..perfect for cold winter day.

    Reply

  38. A Busy Nest

    I just found your blog when looking for Mexican recipes. The Three Kings Bread looks beautiful. I want to make it soon.

    Reply

  39. Smita Srivastava

    I love mexican food but nvr tried cooking it at home . Love ur blog, it has
    great mexican recipes which surely I'd be trying out soon .

    Also thanks for visiting my space n leaving ur lovely comments .

    - Smita
    littlefoodjunction.blogspot.com
    (fun foods for little ones )

    Reply

  40. Melynda

    Hello again, I am including this great post in my Wednesday wanderings. Thank you.

    Reply

  41. Mexico in my kitchen

    Hello,

    Girlichef, Isabel and Biz.

    I do hope all of you enjoy a good soup with the addition of the chorizo.

    Have a great day!

    Mely

    Reply

  42. Biz

    YUM! I love chorizo and this is a great lentil soup - I have a whole bag of lentils and was wondering what to do with them - thanks!

    Reply

  43. Mexico in my kitchen

    Hola Aldy,

    The chorizo add a spicy flavor. I am sure you will like it.

    Mely

    Pily,
    A veces asi pasa con los comentarios. Yo deje uno en tu blog pero no lo veo. 🙂

    Mely

    Reply

  44. Jackie at Phamfatale.com

    Mmm delicious hearty soup. I like to chorizo for a nice, smoly flavor as well.

    Reply

  45. Prieta

    Mely, I never put meat in my lentil soup. Yours looks delicious and I bet the chorizo it taste incredible. I have lentils, chorizo and lots of time today-I'll copy your recipe. Love lentil soup!

    Reply

  46. Pily Guzman

    Yo había escrito un comentario :(, igual y me equivoqué !!
    Qué rica sopa Mely, con chorizo se me antojan más 🙂
    Saludos cariñosos

    Reply

  47. Al Dente Gourmet

    Mely, What a great recipe!The combination is just perfect.Absolutely Beautiful !

    Espero que hayas pasado unas hermosas vacaciones...Todo lo mejor para ti para este 2011.

    Abrazotes,

    Aldy.

    Reply

  48. Mexico in my kitchen

    Hi, Melynda, I hope you try it, the tomato goes really well with the lentils.

    Thanks for stopping by.
    ____________________________________________________________

    Hi, Sam

    I know, it is so good to call back home and talk to my mom.
    Have a great week!
    ____________________________________________________________
    Hola, Barbie.

    I know everyone cooks the lentils different but they are so good with anything, right?

    _____________________________________________________________

    Hey, Tlaz,
    I wish, I can get a hold of one of those Italian sausages.
    🙂
    _____________________________________________________________
    Hola Gloria,

    I love visiting your blog and take a look at your art.
    _____________________________________________________________

    Hola Ruth,

    Gracias por tu correo, que buneo que les gusto la sopita de lentejas.

    Saludos!
    __________________________________________________________________

    Thanks for your kinds comments,

    Hugs,

    Mely

    Reply

  49. Art by Ruth Sagrario Macotela

    Con este frio si que e estado aprovechando las recetas caldositas, y para mi buena suerte tengo todos los ingredientes en casa, y aqui nos encantan las lentejas! lo unico nuevo que les voy a agregar es el chorizo y las verduras a ver que tal me queda.

    XO♥

    Reply

  50. Byte64

    Mely,
    en invierno nos gustan muchisimo las sopas calientes y me encantaría cenar con tu sopa de lentejas.

    Yo también hice sopa de lentejas hace uno par de semanas, pero como no tenia chorizo, le puse "salsiccia" italiana (de mi pueblo) y un poco de pimentón, mas chile, claro, y salió bien rica.

    Ciao!
    Tlaz

    Reply

    • Jason

      Mely, what does "3 to tomatoes" mean? How much and what kind of tomatoes should I use? Thanks!

      Reply

      • Mely Martínez

        Hello Jason,
        Thank you for noticing that. 3-4 plum tomatoes. Enjoy your Chorizo Lentil Soup!

  51. A Barbie Gone BAD

    mmm 🙂 wow meli this looks delicious! nosotros nos encanta los frijolitos de lentejas! but me and my mom cook them very plain but to me they taste delicious! we cook the frijolitos an then les echamos tomatoes y cebollita picada an let it get nice an soft it gives such a good flavor! :)but i have to try this with the chorizo!

    Reply

  52. My Carolina Kitchen

    You are indeed very fortunate to be able to call your Mom or Aunts. We love lentil soup at our house and I really like the addition of the chorizo. Very warming and comforting for winter.
    Sam

    Reply

  53. Melynda

    This looks delicious. Lentil soups are one of my favorites, love the tomato in this one.

    Reply

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