This heartwarming lentil soup with chochoyotes (Mexican dumplings), is perfect for a cold day. The lentils are made in a savory broth made with tomatoes, onions, and spices. This simple and easy-to-make recipe is perfect for those that want to make more healthy and authentic Mexican food!
Chochoyotes (Mexican Dumplings)
That’s right, Mexico has its very own dumplings and they are adorable and so delicious! I actually did not grow up eating chochoyotes because they are not typical to the state of Michoacan. So what are chochoyotes and what are they made of? Chochoyotes are dumplings made from masa harina, the same “corn flour” that corn tortillas and tamales are made from.
Chochoyotes are first shaped into little balls of dough and then pressed down to create a dent or bowl-like shape. This shape makes them one of the most unique dumplings because it holds the broth and other soup ingredients inside like a mini bowl! It makes eating soup a lot more comforting and fun 🙂
Tips For The BEST Chochoyotes
- Use instant masa harina. I highly recommend using Maseca brand for the dough. This is the best and most authentic masa harina to use
- Keep a small bowl of water nearby while you are making your dumplings. Masa harina tends to dry fast and you might want to lightly dip your fingers in the water when molding your dumplings.
- If you want to add flavor to your dumplings, I highly recommend adding some tamal chili sauce from this authentic tamale recipe. You only need to add about 1/4 cup of the sauce to give these Mexican corn dumplings extra flavor and color.
- You can add these chochoyotes to mole, other soups, and any saucy Mexican dish you’d like to collect inside your little dumplings 🙂
Tips For The Best Lentils Soup
- Try to use green or brown lentils for this recipe.
- Avoid overcooking the lentils as they can get real mushy, but if you like that, do you!
- Choose to blend the tomatoes, garlic and onion, or not. I personally like both options.
- I recommend using Better than Bouillon Vegetable Broth or No Chicken Broth. This option is a bouillon paste that you have to mix with water to make a broth.
- You can also use any of the vegan Knorr seasonings. This is a bouillon powder that you mix with water to make a broth.
- I highly recommend adding roasted poblano peppers on top of the soup for extra flavor and veggies. To roast poblanos just roast in the oven or air fryer at 400 for 15 minutes. Flip halfway through. Immediately place in a plastic bag to sweat/continue cooking. Peel, deseed, and slice.