Instant Pot Mexican Lentil Soup


This warm and comforting lentil soup is full of veggies and spice and comes together in a flash with the help of your multi-functional pressure cooker.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 fresh jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 (16 ounce) jar picante sauce

  • 1 ¼ cups dry lentils

  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select Saute function. Add olive oil and let heat for 1 minute. Add carrot, onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno; saute for 2 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Hit Cancel.

  2. Add broth, picante sauce, lentils, taco seasoning, and cumin. Stir to combine. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 6 minutes. Allow 10 minutes for pressure to build.

  3. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 10 minutes. Remove the lid and stir in cilantro and lime juice. Ladle into bowls and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

173 Calories
3g Fat
26g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 173
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 526mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 10%
Dietary Fiber 10g 37%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 36mg 180%
Calcium 39mg 3%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 400mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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