Chorizo Lentil Stew

A delicious and hearty way to cook lentils, this chorizo lentil stew is an exciting dinnertime choice. Healthy lentils and spicy, smoky chorizo are simmered with spices to make a thick and flavorful stew that will have you reaching for seconds. The simple ingredients make this dish a snap to prepare but the sophisticated flavors make it perfect for any meal.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
¾ lb chorizo sausage
3 stalks celery, diced
1 onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 c. dried lentils
4 c. chicken stock
1 (12 oz) can tomatoes or 1 large tomato, seeded, peeled, and chopped
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp sugar
salt and pepper to taste
sour cream (optional)
fresh cilantro (optional

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Directions:

Heat olive oil in large saucepan over medium high heat. Stir in garlic and onion and cook until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add chorizo sausage and cook until sausage begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in celery and carrot and cook until celery just softens, about 4 minutes more.

Add chicken stock and lentils to pan. Season with turmeric, curry powder, cumin and sugar. Simmer 30-40 minutes or until lentils are tender and liquid has reduced to desired thickness. Add tomatoes and cook for 5-10 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve immediately. Garnish with sour cream and fresh cilantro if desired.

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