This hearty Instant Pot Lentil Soup is a warming comfort food meal with Mexican flavor inspiration. Vegan and stove top options included.
Turn on Sauté function of pressure cooker. When display shows HOT, add diced bacon and cook until crispy. Then remove bacon with tongs and reserve for topping.
You can safely double the recipe for 8-quart sized pressure cookers.
Heat a large pot and add the diced bacon. Cook the bacon until crispy, then remove with tongs.
Add the diced onion and sauté until it turns translucent. Then stir in minced garlic, carrot, and celery, and sauté for a couple more minutes.
Add lentils, broth (or water + bouillon cubes/paste), crushed tomato, and spices. Bring everything to a boil on medium-high heat.
Then turn down to medium-low and simmer the soup partially covered with a lid until the lentils are fully softened. This takes 20-30 minutes, depending on whether you are using soaked or dry lentils.