Lentils and Pork Stew (Lentejas Estofadas con Cerdo)

by Erica Dinho on October 15, 2009

Lentejas EstofadasI am a huge lentils and pork chops fan, so I decided to put them together in a lentil stew over white rice. It was simple to make and tasted delicious. I know, not very original, nevertheless, this is a great autumn dish :).



(4 servings)

  • ½ pound lentils, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 pork chops
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large potato, peeled and diced
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh cilantro
  • White rice and hogao for serving


  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the pork chops and cook until golden brown. Remove from the skillet and set aside. Add the onions, garlic, scallions and red pepper to the skillet. Cook for about 6 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  2. In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients except the potatoes, cilantro, salt and black pepper.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours. Add the potatoes and cook for 30 more minutes.
  4. Stir in cilantro and season to taste with salt and black pepper.
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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Palidor October 15, 2009 at 12:41 PM

I love lentils. I love pork chops. Never thought to put them together. I think it’s very creative and delicious! Thanks for sharing.


2 Claudia Medeiros October 15, 2009 at 1:55 PM

It’s a great dish for the parties at the end of the year :)


3 KennyT October 15, 2009 at 1:59 PM

I’m a big fan of pork chops and lentils too


4 Jhonny Walker October 15, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Erica,,,Lentils are my faves too. I make some ( mostly soups) every other day. Red lentils are the best…well greens too :) also the yellows. Okay I love em’ all :)


5 Erica October 15, 2009 at 6:04 PM

Thank you guys for the comments!


6 Velva October 15, 2009 at 7:57 PM

I love lentils and pork chops too! Great combination.


7 danielle October 15, 2009 at 8:20 PM

sometimes its the simple recipes that taste the best!! I really should get into lentels more….that looks really good


8 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie October 16, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Lentils and pork sounds yummy together, great recipe for autumn!


9 Oysterculture October 16, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Erica, I’m getting backed up trying to keep up with all the wonderful creative ideas you post. I too love lentils and porkchops and this recipe is going to the top of my list to try.


10 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen October 17, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Lentils and pork are a perfect combination! This looks so hearty and delicious!


11 Erica October 19, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Thank you :)


12 Ticha October 27, 2009 at 7:23 PM

At the beginning you say to cook until golden brown, do you mean the pork chops? Then do you put the pork chops in slow cooker with all other ingredients including cooked onions and red bell pepper?
It sounds very good. I have guest tomorrow and am planning on making this dish.


13 Erica October 27, 2009 at 9:42 PM

Hi Ticha,

I corrected the recipe. Sorry about that :)

Yes, you add the pork chops, onions and bell pepper to the slow cooker. Thank you!


14 Ticha October 28, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Hi Erica,
Thank you, It’s in the slow cooker. I have time to clean the kitchen, set the table and relax before my guest come.
It smells great! :)


15 Ticha October 29, 2009 at 1:50 AM

DELICIOSO! Thank you, my guest and my family enjoyed this dish. :)


16 Erica October 29, 2009 at 7:39 AM

Ticha-Thank you for your feedback!


17 Chinese Pork Recipes November 11, 2009 at 9:31 PM

Wow, the cooking way of this Lentils and Pork Stew is great, I’ll try it later and I hope it tastes delicious.


18 MELISSA August 30, 2011 at 4:31 PM

I don’t have a slow cooker can I just use a normal pot.I did the albondigas con lentejas in a normal pot.


19 Erica August 30, 2011 at 8:59 PM



20 Wendy October 20, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Are the lentils from a can or dried?


21 Erica Dinho October 21, 2013 at 9:13 AM



22 Wendy October 20, 2013 at 9:04 AM

If they are dried, do you soak them first?


23 Erica Dinho October 21, 2013 at 9:13 AM

I don’t soak my lentils, Wendy!


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