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Crockpot Red Lentil, Chickpea, and Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika

I loved the smoked paprika in this Crockpot Red Lentil, Chickpea, and Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika. This tasty soup freezes well and it’s gluten-free, vegan, and South Beach Diet phase two. Use Soup Recipes to fine more recipes like this one!

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Crockpot Red Lentil, Chickpea, and Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika found on KalynsKitchen.com

I’ve been loving smoked paprika lately, an infatuation that started when my friend Margarethe sent me a recipe for Spicy Roasted Butternut Squash with Smoked Paprika. Then I got inspired about creating a crockpot soup with smoked paprika when I spotted a recipe for yellow split pea soup with smoked paprika in More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow, by Stephanie from A Year of Slow Cooking.

This Crockpot Red Lentil, Chickpea, and Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika was another one of those recipes where it took me a few tries to get it just right, but I served this version to my brother Mark and his wife Lisa when they stopped by on Saturday, and they both gave it a thumbs up. And no matter how much we long for spring, you know there’ll still be more cold wintery days before warm weather arrives, so make this soup in your crockpot next time it’s a cold day where you are.

Crockpot Red Lentil, Chickpea, and Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika found on KalynsKitchen.com

Saute a generous amount of chopped onion in olive oil, then garlic, smoked paprika and other spices and cook 2-3 minutes more. Add the onions and spices to the crockpot along with red lentils, chickpeas, and chicken stock. (Or use vegetable stock if you want a vegan soup.)

Let the soup cook for 2-3 hours on high, until the lentils are very soft and starting to dissolve. Add 2 cans petite diced tomatoes plus the juice and cook for 1-2 hours longer on high. The lentils and chickpeas should both be quite soft when the soup has cooked this long.

Remove about half of the soup and puree completely with an immersion blender, food processor, or blender. (This photo is a giant 8-cup glass measuring cup with about 4 cups of soup.) Stir the pureed soup back into the CrockPot, season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper, let cook about 15 minutes more and serve hot. Mark and I liked it with a generous dollop of sour cream and Lisa ate hers plain.

More Soups You Might Like:

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Goulash Soup with Red Peppers and Cabbage~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Smoked Paprika and Chickpea Soup~ Leite’s Culinaria
Yellow Split Pea Soup with Smoked Paprika~ Elena’s Pantry

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Crockpot Recipe for Red Lentil, Chickpea, and Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika

I loved the smoked paprika in this Crockpot Red Lentil, Chickpea, and Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika.


  • 1 large yellow onion, diced small
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. Vege-Sal (or use 1/2 tsp. salt)
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 2 cans chickpeas, rinsed
  • 5 C chicken or vegetable stock (or use 3 cans chicken or vegetable broth)
  • 2 cans petite dice tomatoes with juice (14.5 oz. can)
  • Sour cream or vegan sour cream for serving, optional


  1. Heat olive oil in frying pan and saute the diced onion until it’s soft and starting to brown lightly, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add garlic, smoked paprika, sweet paprika, dried thyme, Vege-Sal, and black pepper and saute 2-3 minutes more, or until spices are fragrant.
  3. Add onion-spice mixture to CrockPot, then rinse out the frying pan with 1 cup of the stock and add to crockpot along with red lentils, rinsed chickpeas, and rest of stock.
  4. Cook on high for 2-3 hours, or until lentils are starting to soften and dissolve into the soup. (I cooked mine for 2 1/2 hours. Cooking time will depend partly on how old the lentils are.)
  5. When lentils are starting to soften, add the 2 cans of diced tomatoes with juice. Cook for 1-2 hours more on high, or until the lentils and chickpeas are both quite soft.
  6. Then remove about 1/2 the soup to a bowl (or the large 8-cup measuring cup I had worked perfectly.) Puree the soup you removed using an immersion blender, food processor, or blender. (If you’re using a food processor or blender, be very careful with the hot soup, pureeing in batches if necessary.)
  7. Stir the pureed soup back into the soup in the CrockPot; taste and add more salt or fresh ground black pepper if desired. Let soup cook about 15 minutes more, then serve hot.


I buy both smoked and sweet paprika from Penzeys or The Spice House.

I used a 3.5 quart slow cooker. I haven’t frozen this soup, but I have no doubt that it freezes well, so make a double batch if you only have a big CrockPot.

Recipe created by Kalyn.

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South Beach Diet / Low-Carb Diet Suggestions:
Crockpot Red Lentil, Chickpea, and Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika is made with low-glycemic ingredients, approved for any phase of the South Beach Diet. However dried beans and legumes are limited to 1/3 to 1/2 cup serving for phase one so unless you have a very small serving I would consider this phase two for the South Beach Diet. This is too high in carbs for low-carb diet plans.

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    84 Comments on “Crockpot Red Lentil, Chickpea, and Tomato Soup with Smoked Paprika”

  1. Lindsey, hope you like it!

  2. I didn't use a crock pot because I was cooking the chickpeas in it. 🙂 But I'm heading in to finish up the soup. This is exactly what I've been craving this week. Red lentils were on sale a few weeks ago at Sunflower and I stocked up. Can't get enough of them! I am really excited to try it with the paprika. Mmm…

  3. Lydia, I do think there are enough other tasty ingredients here to help you out with those chickpeas! (Or use another type of bean like cannellini if you prefer.)

  4. Bookmarking! I love cooking any type of lentils in the slow cooker. They dissolve all on their own. And because I'm not really crazy about chickpeas, it's great for me to combine them with something I do love.

  5. You are so welcome; hope she likes it!

  6. Oh, this sounds so good! My daughter will love you once I get around to making this. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  7. Barbara, hope you liked it!

  8. Sounds delicious. I think I'll dig out my Crock Pot and make a batch.

  9. Andy I've never smoked my own paprika, but I bet it smells wonderful while it's smoking.

  10. Oh my Kalyn!!!!

    I love anything with a combination of legumes. While I've never had smoked paprika, I do have a smoker. Have you smoked your own? If so, do you roast it first?



  11. Erin, welcome! I've been a huge Penzeys fan for years.

  12. Wow, I had some spare time this afternoon so I started blog-hopping and I am so glad I found yours! Can't wait to try some of your yummy recipes! (Love love love me some Penzeys!)

  13. Dani, we were writing comments at the same time! And guess what, I've been to the Santa Monica Penzeys, great store. (My brother lives in Venice.)

  14. Thanks Simona! Salt Lake is supposed to have snow in the next few days, so I'm trying to prepare myself mentally.

  15. I just made a pot of lentil and veggie soup this morning – mmmmm, I can't wait until lunch! I absolutely adore smoked paprika and usually buy mine from Penzeys as well (we have a Penzeys store here in Santa Monica).

  16. I am also a big fan of smoked paprika. Very nice soup Kalyn. No warm weather for us here, either.

  17. Thanks Jeanette! It was great, especially for a meatless soup.

  18. I love smoked paprika, reminds me of paella. This soup looks wonderful Kalyn, so comforting and hearty.

  19. Mary, I see it in my grocery store nowdays, but I'm partial to ordering from Penzeys and The Spice House if you can't find it in your store.

  20. I've been looking everywhere for smoked paprika! Now I really need to locate some!! This looks great. I love that you use the crockpot.