Chorizo & Lentil Soup

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A Recipe by El Popular

A ‘Lentil’ Bit of This, A ‘Lentil’ Bit of That. In addition to being heralded as highly nutritious, lentils are also highly delicious. Lentils, a tiny legume or bean, has been a common element in Latin American and Middle Eastern dishes for centuries. Chef Reyes took these mighty little beans and added El Popular Chorizo to create a hardy, nutritious, and tasty Chorizo and Lentil Soup. Recipe by DeDe Reyes; Ivy Tech- East Chicago Campus; entered in the 2010 Chorizo Contest.

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  • Prep Time: 15 mins

  • Cook Time: 2 hours

  • Makes: 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (12 oz.) El Popular “Original” Chorizo

  • 12 oz El Popular Longaniza Chorizo

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 2 stalks celery diced small

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 tablespoon cumin

  • 1 red and yellow bell pepper diced small

  • 2 cups dry lentils

  • 8 cups chicken stock

  • 2 medium carrots diced small

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 medium yellow onions diced

  • Small 4 cloves garlic minced

  • 1 tablespoon oregano

  • 1 (14 oz.) canned diced tomatoes

  • 1 poblano pepper, roasted, deseeded, diced small

  • 2 small cans tomato sauce

  • 1 cup cilantro chopped

  • Crema mexicana or sour cream

Directions

  • Remove casing from Chorizo and Longaniza, and cook together for 8-10 minutes and drain.

  • In a heavy stock pot over medium heat, sauté onions, celery, and carrots in olive oil for about 8 minutes.

  • Add garlic, spices, tomatoes, all peppers, lentils, tomato sauce, and chicken stock. Lower heat and cover for about 1 hour. After 15 minutes, add both styles chorizo and continue to cook.

  • Serve hot soup with a spoon of crema and fresh cilantro.

Chorizo 101

  • Chorizo is a spicy sausage believed to have come from Ancient Rome and later adopted by the Spaniards who brought it to Mexico.

  • Unlike Spanish Chorizo — Mexican style is soft, raw, uncured, and uncooked.

  • Similar to how Americans view bacon, Chorizo is a versatile ingredient one can use to enhance any dish!

Directions

  • Remove casing from Chorizo links.

  • Place desired amount in a non-stick skillet.

  • Break-up Chorizo while cooking at medium heat.

  • Sauté for 7-8 minutes until the Chorizo is fully cooked or the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees (F).

  • Enjoy on or in any dish.

Chorizo 101

  • Chorizo is a spicy sausage believed to have come from Ancient Rome and later adopted by the Spaniards who brought it to Mexico.

  • Unlike Spanish Chorizo — Mexican style is soft and comes raw, uncured, and uncooked.

  • Similar to how Americans view bacon, Chorizo is a versatile ingredient one can use to enhance any dish!

Directions

  • Remove casing from Chorizo links.

  • Place desired amount in a non-stick skillet.

  • Break-up Chorizo while cooking at medium heat.

  • Sauté for 7-8 minutes until the Chorizo is fully cooked or the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees (F).

  • Enjoy on or in any dish.

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