Lentil Soup with Mexican Chorizo adds a kick of spicy chorizo, taco seasoning and jalapeños to traditional lentil soup for a hearty, bold and flavorful one pot meal.
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When we first got married and I fixed lentils for my hubby, the Gridiron Grub Guru, I first had to explain to him what Lentils were. I told him Lentils are these flat, disk-like dried beans that are high in protein and cook very fast.
However, unlike us, most people around the world grew up on lentils because they are a staple food in many parts of the world. Canada is the largest producer and exporter of lentils in the world. These days in the U.S., lentils are almost as common as rice or quinoa.
When I told my friend in Mexico that I was going to be creating a lentil soup with Canadian Lentils, she told me that she had to share with her Mom’s recipe, which was now her recipe that she served to her daughter and family.
Her recipe, which served as the base for my Lentil Soup with Mexican Chorizo, looked to me to be what I would call a more traditional lentil soup recipe with lentils and lots of vegetables including onions, carrots, celery, and tomatoes. However, it was not spicy at all.
I knew if I was going to serve this to my family that I would have to add some bold spicy flavors in order to get them to eat it. Therefore, I added chorizo, jalapeños, and taco seasoning to add some bold flavors and appeal to their taste preferences.
The Chorizo and taco seasoning add so much flavor, and the jalapeños add flavor and heat to this Lentil Soup with Mexican Chorizo.
However, the soup still has the delicious lentils as well as loads of vegetables, such as the ones I described above, plus I added carrots and spinach as well.
What I like about this Lentil Soup with Mexican Chorizo is that it is a one pot meal that can be on the table in less than 45 minutes and makes for easy clean up so I can spend my time with my family and not by myself in the kitchen.
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Lentil Soup with Mexican Chorizo
- 1 pound ground Mexican chorizo
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 celery stalks chopped
- 1 large carrot peeled and sliced
- 2 cups fresh spinach leaves chopped
- 2 jalapeños seeded and diced
- 1 cup lentils
- 3 roma tomatoes chopped
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
- In a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat, cook the chorizo until browned.
- Add the onions, garlic, celery, carrots, jalapeños, and spinach to the pot and sauté with the chorizo until the vegetables start to become tender, about 5 minutes, stirring often.
- Add the lentils, tomatoes, and chicken broth and bring it all to a simmer. Stir in the taco seasoning.
- Cover and reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the lentils are soft. Stir often to prevent the soup from sticking to the bottom of the pan. When the lentils are soft and the soup has thickened.
- Serve this Lentil Soup with Mexican Chorizo with crusty bread or cornbread.