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Sopa Azteca with Lentils
with avocado / baked tortilla strips

Active: 30 min Total: 30 min
This flavorful soup is full of warm spices and colorful veggies. Make it in the slow cooker and set out all the toppings for a meal that's ready whenever you are.
Smarts: To make use of tortillas that you may have purchased earlier in the week for Mexican Shakshuka, this recipe includes instructions for making your own baked tortilla strips. If you don't have leftover tortillas or just want to save time, you can use tortilla chips instead (as shown in the photo and used in this recipe the first time we featured this soup).


Baked Tortilla Strips:
  • Tortillas, taco-sized corn or flour - 2 , sliced into 2” / 5 cm strips
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
Sopa Azteca with Lentils:
  • Onions, medium - 1 , chopped
  • Bell peppers, any color - 1 , chopped
  • Carrots - 12 oz , cubed
  • Garlic - 4 cloves , chopped
  • Avocados - 1 , diced
  • Limes - 1 , wedges
  • Cilantro - 2 Tbsp , chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Chili powder - 2 tsp
  • Cumin - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Stock, any type - 5 cups
  • Tomatoes, diced and preferably fire-roasted (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can
  • Adobo sauce - 2 Tbsp (from a can of chipotles in adobo)
  • Lentils, red and uncooked - 1/3 cup (sub pre-cooked lentils; triple the amount of uncooked lentils listed)
  • Corn, frozen - 1 cup
  • Sour cream - 1/2 cup (sub plain or Greek yogurt)


  1. Onions / Bell peppers / Carrots / Garlic - Prep as directed. Combine onions, bell peppers, and carrots. Store garlic separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Bake tortilla strips - Heat oven to 425F / 218C. Slice tortillas into thin strips, ~2" / 5 cm. Toss with oil (portion for tortilla strips) and spread on a sheet pan. Season with some salt and black pepper. Bake, shaking the pan halfway through, until tortillas are crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Avocados / Limes / Cilantro - Prep as directed. Divide into serving bowls.

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  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil (portion for soup) and then onions, bell peppers, and carrots. Saute until vegetables are starting to soften, 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add chili powder, cumin, salt, and garlic. Saute for 1 minute more.
  3. Add stock, tomatoes (including liquid), and adobo sauce. Bring to a simmer. If using raw lentils, add them now (wait if using cooked lentils).
  4. Simmer soup for 5 to 6 minutes to let the flavors come together. (If you added raw lentils, cover with a lid, and continue simmering until lentils are tender, 15 to 20 minutes total.)
  5. Stir in corn (and lentils if using pre-cooked). Continue cooking until everything is warmed through. Taste and season with some salt and pepper. Add some hot sauce (not in ingredients list) if you’d like the soup spicier.
  6. Divide half of the tortilla strips between serving bowls. Ladle soup over tortilla strips and give the soup a stir to mix the strips in.
  7. Serve soup with avocados, limes, cilantro, sour cream, and the remaining tortilla strips to be added at the table. Enjoy!



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