Slow Cooker Lentil Tortilla Soup
Slow Cooker Lentil Tortilla Soup is an easy, vegetarian dinner idea and the the perfect “clean out the pantry” meal. Add a slice of butter laden cornbread and I am a happy camper!
SLOW COOKER LENTIL TORTILLA SOUP
My slow cooker gets so much play year round. In fact, I didn’t even put it away last week as I knew I was going to use it again the next day. The slow cooker is living permanently on my kitchen counter right now. Some of my favorite slow cooker recipes as of late are Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes, Slow Cooker Tomato Soup with Tortellini, and Slow Cooker Ground Beef Tacos.
MORE VEGETARIAN MEALS IN 2020
My husband and I have been talking about eating more vegetarian meals for ages. As in it is a conversation we have multiple times a month and we’ve been threatening to eat less meat for years. Yet somehow it never really sticks. We eat really healthy- and eat a ton of vegetables- but I don’t have that many “go-to” vegetarian meals so the meat sneaks back in. Being that we’re in quarantine and I’m not running to the store multiple times a week, it’s been easy to eat more vegetarian the past month. My goal is to try and make at least two meatless meals a week.
So far so good.
SWAPPING LENTILS FOR MEAT
One of the easiest ways I’ve found to eat less meat is tinkering with our already favorite recipes. My family eats a ton of soups, chilis, and stews during the winter months. Lentils are toothsome and kind of meaty when cooked so they made for a beautiful swap in this tortilla inspired soup. Truthfully, my kids kept calling this a chili. It’s thicker than a soup and has flavors similar to a chili so I went with it. The fact that my kids gobbled this up and didn’t complain about the lack of mean is a win in my book!
MAKING SOUP IN THE SLOW COOKER
I can’t wax poetic enough when it comes to my love of the slow cooker. I’m a working mom and will take any shortcuts I can get when it comes to prepping an easy meal. This slow cooker recipe is a true “dump and go”. Though we’re not actually “going” anywhere at the moment. Minimal prep time and mostly pantry ingredients, this Slow Cooker Lentil Tortilla Soup will certainly become one of my vegetarian go to meals!
A side of my famous cornbread makes this a complete, totally warming and homey weeknight dinner!
Thanks for reading and have a great week! xo, Kelley
An easy vegetarian tortilla soup recipe made in the slow cooker.
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 15 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 3/4 cup dried red lentils
- 3 cups vegetarian broth
- 15– oz can tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup your favorite salsa
- 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
Add everything to the slow cooker.
Cook on low for 4-6 hours or until dried lentils are cooked through and veggies are tender.
Top with your favorite toppings: sour cream, shredded cheese, sliced jalapeño, diced red onion, fresh cilantro, and/or a wedge of lime!
All slow cookers cook differently. I recommend cooking on low and checking at the 4-5 hour mark. The soup freezes beautifully if you have leftovers.