rainy day soup: red lentil mexican soup

red lentil mexican soup

For a good solid week or two, Vancouver was trapped in the arms of summer. Smiles were given out to random strangers, windows and doors were left wide open, and the world just seemed that much better. But over the last day of the long weekend, the switch was flipped. Grey clouds? Mais oui! Battering rain? Of course! But this is Vancouver. We know grey and rain and cool temperatures. So we adjust by kicking off our sandals and pulling out our rain boots. Thick, wooly cardigans find their way into easy reach. And we make soup.

red lentil mexican soup

This soup was just the ticket for a rainy day. Not only is it full of belly warming spices that nod to sunnier climes, but you probably already have all the ingredients close at hand. No need to head to the grocery store to pick up a few things. A mason jar filled with red lentils in your pantry. A can of diced tomatoes (even better if they are fire-roasted). Vegetable stock in the fridge, along with a gorgeous head of fresh green parsley (or cilantro if you want to get the flavours authentic).

red lentil mexican soup

The rain will stick around for another day or two and then you can feel good about being outside again. But for now, relax and put on your puffy slippers and go with it. And we can all hope that summer with it’s hot sun and smiles will grace the Pacific Northwest soon. Right? Right??

elsewhere: I know you know that I love cauliflower. So I’m sharing some cauliflower love over at Poppytalk. It’s roasted, it’s got a bit of spice and it’s covered with parmesan cheese. Did I mention that it’s addicting? Go now and get the recipe!

red lentil mexican soup

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24 comments to “rainy day soup: red lentil mexican soup”

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    Kristel   May 23, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    By chance I’m cooking lentil and tomato soup right now, but mine is more Moroccan inspired (and uses brown lentils, rather than red) with ginger and turmeric and paprika and cayenne and… I forget. Cilantro. Anyway, my soup pot looks a remarkable lot like yours right now, except mine isn’t ready to eat. (And it’s not quite raining in Calgary right now, though it sure feels like rain. So. Cold.)

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    vanessa   May 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    You know why it’s been raining this week? ‘Cause I’m on vacation, that’s why! Figures that as soon as I’m actually able to be outside during the day, the weather turns to poop…

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    Eileen   May 23, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    When I see lentil soup I usually think Indian dal–but this one is definitely welcome in my repertoire! I hear you on the weather frustration as well. The rain will pass eventually, right? Er, right?

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    Melody   May 23, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Is this really spicy? It looks delicious but I don’t know that my 5 year old would eat it if it is too hot!

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    Joanne   May 24, 2012 at 3:45 am

    The rain has been hitting here as well and it’s definitely been putting me in soup mode! Love the Mexican flavors with the red lentils…an intriguing combo!

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    Tammy   May 24, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Do you think this would be good to freeze? Or would the lentils get mushy? I don’t have much experience with lentils. My fiance doesn’t like lentils so this would be great for me to grab a container out of the freezer and take to work on cold, damp days.

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    Joanne (Bijoux)   May 24, 2012 at 11:01 am

    The lentil soup looks perfect for cool, rainy days however, we are having high 20s here so I’m more in a salad mood lately. If the weather does cool down, which is always a possibility in Ontario – I know I’ll come here for inspiration :)

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    kickpleat   May 24, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Kristel, sounds delicious!! And a perfect accompaniment to cold weather. Hope it warms up soon!

    Oh oh, isn’t it always the way, Vanessa! Have a great vacation (and hey, the sun is out!!)

    Eileen, I do too which is why this is a nice change.

    Melody, you could definitely cut back on the spice levels. Just add a 1/2 teaspoon each of chili powder and cumin and skip the hot sauce, pepper and chipotle powder altogether. Let me know how it goes!

    Thanks Joanne, at least we’re not alone in the rain out here!

    Tammy, I think it should be okay to freeze. Red lentils are always a bit mushy so I think it won’t ruin the texture any.

    Joanne, I’m totally jealous. Though right now it’s sunny and I’m thrilled to bits!

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    Dramatic Pancake   May 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Today was blistering hot in Chicago but I am crossing my fingers for a cool day just so I can make this soup! What an amazing combination of flavors and I bet this is so satisfying.

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    Ayaka & Meaghan   May 25, 2012 at 2:16 am

    This soup looks amazing, can’t wait to give it a try. LOVE avocado in soup!

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    Laura   May 25, 2012 at 5:18 am

    Typically we see a whole pile of rain and icky weather in southern Ontario at the start of spring. I always looked forward to warming up with soup and wooly socks in the evenings. This year we got all sunshine, warmth and summery breezes. I would still gladly eat this soup though :)

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    Julie   May 25, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Mmmmm… delicious flavour combo! a good stray from my standard red lentil.. thanks!!

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    kickpleat   May 26, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    DP, I’ll take blisteringly hot!! Actually, the weather turned gorgeous again, thankfully…but this is a good keeper for cooler days.

    A&M, thanks! My husband loves avocados in soup too (I prefer tortilla chips or cheese!)

    My family is from there so I know about all the wonderful weather you’re getting, Laura! Enjoy it :)

    I think so too, Julie. It’s a good version!

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe   May 26, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Yum, this is going in my rainy day recipes pile! Love the flavors!

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    meatballs & milkshakes   May 30, 2012 at 8:29 am

    There’s nothing better than a nice warm bowl of soup on a rainy day!

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    andrea   June 2, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Thank you for posting this! I am craving Mexican, but wanting to use the last of my red-lentils! This is a home run! I love putting avocado on a soup like this! It is amazing what freshness it adds and the creamy texture is to die for! Mmmmm… I wish I could take a ladle and serve myself through your picture but I guess life just isn’t that easy! I will let you know when I make it! Thanks again and love your blog!

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    Malky Nissenbaum   June 18, 2012 at 11:36 am

    This was one of the best soups I ever made, really. I am definitely adding this to my list of “must make again” recipes.

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    kickpleat   July 4, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Amanda, it’s perfect for rainy days. Enjoy!

    Agreed, M&M

    Ha, yes, please give this a go next time :)

    Malky, so glad you loved this soup. Hooray!

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    Sophie   August 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    It rained yesterday, but I was out of lentils. Today was hot and sticky, but I still looooooooooooooved this soup! It is simple and delicious.

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    Sarah   February 1, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Amazing! My kitchen smells fabulous and this is so yummy! Best part, my hands smell like cilantro :-)

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