Lentils with rice and Spanish chorizo sausage(Lentejas con Chorizo)

by Erica Dinho on November 30, 2009


Guest posting today and sharing her delicious recipe is Diana from “A Little bit of Spain in Iowa”. Diana has a beautiful blog filled with wonderful Spanish recipes and gardening tips.

First of all, I wanted to thank Erica for asking me to guest post on her blog. I absolutely adore her blog, recipes and love for her country! I have made so many of her recipes and they always please my entire family.
I wanted to share a Spanish recipe unique to my Spanish heritage. This has to be one of my favorite Spanish comfort foods. This is a recipe that I have grown up with and could eat every day if I had to. It’s a super easy recipe and my boys really enjoy it. I do want to apologize in advance for the picture as it was one of my first posts when I started blogging.


* 1 cup lentil beans
* 1/2 cup white rice
* 1 Palacios Chorizo Sausage
* 1 green pepper sliced in half, (this is where I used my frozen peppers from last seasons harvest!)
* 1/2 white onion
* 3-5 garlic cloves
* 1 tomato
* 2 bay leaves
* (Un choreon de aciete) A good drizzle of Olive Oil (about 3-4 tbl)
* 2 tsp Pimenton, Spanish Smoked Paprika

Chorizo Sausage and Pimenton are two staple spanish ingredients in this recipe.

Chorizo is a dry/cured sausage that is found in every local bar and household in Spain. The taste is amazing. In Spain, they sell different varieties of Chorizo. Some that can be cut into thin slices and eaten in sandwiches (bocadillos or montaditos), and other varieties that are meant to be used for cooking in stews. Here in the states, it’s difficult to find a good sandwich Chorizo. One of the only producers is found in California, La Espanola Meats. They are a manufacturer of premium Spanish-style sausages and cured meat products. Locally, Gateway Market sells Palacios Chorizo. Which is a harder Chorizo sausage perfect for stews.

Pimenton, is a Spanish Paprika. This paprika gives great taste to foods especially when used in stews! After trying a Spanish Paprika, you’ll never buy the tasteless stuff found in the U.S. This can also be found at our local Gateway Market or online at latienda.com.

1. In a large pot put the lentil beans, chorizo sausage, green pepper, tomato, onion, garlic cloves, and 2 bay leaves.
2. Cover with water 2 inches above the beans, sausage and vegetables.
3. Mix in the Olive Oil and Smoked Paprika.
4. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 -40 minutes until the lentils are tender.
5. Once the lentils are tender, add the white rice and simmer for an additional 20 minutes until the rice is tender.

*Note – if your water starts to evaporate too much, add some ;)

Lentejas with Chorizo
Super Easy! No dicing of vegetables needed!! Just slice them in half and add them in. My favorite thing about this recipe is that it tastes wonderful the day after! This meal tastes great with a green salad and crusty bread. Enjoy!!

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Erica November 30, 2009 at 8:33 AM

Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe with my readers! I really appreciate it :)


2 Divina November 30, 2009 at 8:39 AM

Beautiful dish. You can’t go wrong with chorizo. Thanks Diana.


3 Joan Nova November 30, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Two of my favorite bloggers in one spot. I love lentils and I love chorizo – great combo with rice.


4 Luigi November 30, 2009 at 10:22 AM

I find Chorizo can make some dishes a little too oily. Although that looks amazing, and most definitely delicious.


5 Kim November 30, 2009 at 10:38 AM

I love anything with chorizo in it. Sounds like a winner of a recipe to me!


6 Diana@Spain in Iowa November 30, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Thanks for having me Erica!

Luigi and Kim – Thank you!

Joan and Devina – Besitos!!


7 rebecca subbiah November 30, 2009 at 11:49 AM

oh great to have Diana on here as well looks yummy as ever, I need to try this one love Rebecca


8 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best November 30, 2009 at 12:44 PM

This looks so flavorful and hearty!


9 Erica November 30, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Thank you guys for visiting my blog :)


10 Faith November 30, 2009 at 2:07 PM

What a lovely dish! Both my husband and I love lentils with rice, so I’ll definitely be making your recipe soon!


11 Gloria November 30, 2009 at 6:25 PM

I love lentils Erica, me encantan y màs con chorizo, rica receta, besooss gloria


12 sangeetha November 30, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Hi Erica,
Thanx a bunch for stopping by kothiyavunu..
Spanish chorizo sausage looks inviting and yummy..its wonderful new recipe to me
keep rocking dea..!!!
Hope to see ur updates with many more yummy treats..


13 La Mas Linda November 30, 2009 at 9:29 PM

Im going to the market first thing tomorrow morning…. and you better believe Ill be serving this for dinner!!! It looks beautiful and delicious, thank you for posting this:)


14 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie November 30, 2009 at 10:26 PM

I love chorizo! Such a yummy dish!


15 Juliana November 30, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Nice rice dish with sausage…sounds and looks very tasty…yummie!


16 Vinolia December 1, 2009 at 4:49 AM

that’s a yummy preparation!! I ‘ve always loved the sausage/lentils combination!! will try this sometime!!


17 Erica December 1, 2009 at 8:01 AM

Thank you everyone for taking the time to leave a comment!


18 Sarah Naveen December 1, 2009 at 9:36 AM

that look so yummy…cant wait to make it ;)


19 easy recipes December 1, 2009 at 4:48 PM

This recipe look delicious.
I didn’t know we can freeze peppers.


20 Oysterculture December 1, 2009 at 11:09 PM

Oh my this looks tasty too, a hearty stick to your ribs type of meal that warms you up form the inside.


21 Mary Ann December 2, 2009 at 6:59 PM

This recipe was what the doctor ordered, feeling the start of a cold coming on. It was very easy and so yummy!!!!!!! Comfort food. I look forward to trying more recipes.


22 Sophie December 3, 2009 at 4:04 AM

Hola, Erica!

Este plato con arroz, lentejas & chorizo me encanto mucho!!

Está delicioso!!! Estupendo!


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