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Lentils with Chorizo Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Lentils with Chorizo

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"This is a quick, easy Mexican dinner. Serve with warm tortillas."

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Original recipe makes 5 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    50 mins


  1. Rinse lentils; place in large pot. Pour enough water into the pot to cover the lentils by 2 inches; add the chicken bouillon cube to the pot. Bring to simmer; cook until lentils are just tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. While lentils are cooking, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook chorizo until brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from pan. In the same pan, lightly fry bacon until cooked but still soft, about 5 minutes. Remove bacon, leaving drippings in pan. Chop bacon.
  3. Cook the tomato, tomatillo, onion, and garlic in the bacon fat until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the water and cilantro; transfer mixture to a blender. Hold down the lid of the blender with a folded kitchen towel, and carefully start the blender, using a few quick pulses to get the mixture moving before leaving it on to puree until smooth.
  4. Stir the pureed vegetables, cooked chorizo, cooked bacon, and cumin into the lentils and cooking water. Stir over medium heat until hot, about 5 minutes. Serve in bowls; top each bowl with a teaspoon of cotija cheese and a dollop of sour cream.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 19, 2011

I am the submitter of this recipe and I would like to clarify a few things about it. Do not drain the excess liquid in the lentils!!! It is supposed to be like a soup. Also, make sure your tomatillo is ripe or it will be sour! If you follow these directions the recipe should turn out how its supposed to.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 15, 2011

This is an unusual and interesting dish. I used almost every part of the recipe exactly except Cotija (it's difficult to find in some places), substituting it for Pepper Jack. I also added another cup of water during the final cookdown process (I found the initial mix didn't have enough liquid for a stew consistency). A few final thoughts: the tomatillos provide a sour note that may not sit well for some alongside the starchy lentils. If that's the case, use half a tomatillo. Also, on second trials of this recipe I used a can of tomatoes with green chiles instead of a roma. This is a quick substitute. Finally, I'd be interested to see if anyone is brave enough to substitute black beans for lentils.

Apr 20, 2011

Not a fan of Lentil soup so I wanted to find something else to do with my lentils, this is it! Awesome and delicious. I made several substitutions, based on what was in the kitchen. I used a can of Rotel Mexican Lime & Cilantro tomatoes rather than the roma and tomatillo. Chicken stock rather than bouillon. I also used shallots rather than white onion, because it is what I had. Still came out GREAT!! Next time I will plan better and follow the recipe, but this goes to show that you have a LOT of leeway with this recipe.

May 02, 2011

I LOVED this recipe!!! I made it with rotel instead of the roma tomato and I thought I had cumin but didn't. It still came out amazing! The cotija cheese set it off perfectly. I omitted the sour cream for lower calorie purposes and the flavor was still the ONE! My friend said to add a jalapeno or serrano pepper to the lentils while they're simmering for a bit more spice. Depends on your heat tolerance. No matter what I will make this again and again! Thanks!!

Aug 21, 2011

Another recipe that I changed a lot, but the concept is good, so I'll give it 3 stars. Chorizo and lentils really work well together, so this is how I did it. First off, I didn't use bacon. The oil from the chorizo seemed like enough and I was right. I also think bacon would have just tasted strange in this recipe. I couldn't find tomatillo (unfortunately, because I think that would have been a nice addition), so I just used a can of crushed tomatoes. I omitted the water because crushed tomatoes are liquidy enough. Blended everything as suggested, cooked lentils as suggested, and then mixed it all together. Next time I will use more chorizo, since all you really got was the flavor of chorizo, not the texture.

Feb 10, 2012

I couldn't believe how delicious this soup was. I used all of the ingredients listed in the recipe (except for the cilantro, which my husband does not like), but my preparation method was a little different. I cooked the vegetables with the chorizo and skipped pureeing them in the blender. I also microwaved the bacon in layers of paper towels for five minutes, and then I combined everything into the lentil pot. It tastes even better after sitting in the fridge over night. I will definitely be adding this to my regular mean rotation.

May 24, 2015

Excellent recipe, thanks! I made a couple of very minor changes. Cooked the lentils in homemade chicken broth, and added some carrots and mushrooms to the veggie mixture. We used this to make burritos and tacos.

Feb 03, 2015

This is a great gluten-free, fiber-filled dish, as long as you don't use the chicken boullion! I also didn't use the bacon (forgot to thaw it) so I did need to add a bit of salt. Also threw in a jalapeño because I had it, and used queso fresco with crema supremo on top. Delish!


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  • Calories
  • 528 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 27.2 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 68 mg
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 35.1 g
  • 54%
  • Fiber
  • 9.6 g
  • 39%
  • Protein
  • 26.5 g
  • 53%
  • Sodium
  • 1078 mg
  • 43%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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