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Easy (But Tasty!) Chorizo Rice with Lentils

POST_170x177Sometimes you just need to make a great big comforting one-pot meal.

Here, we maximize the satisfaction by letting a rice cooker do most of the heavy lifting. Yes, I use a rice cooker.  One of my favorite appliances for home cooking.  And not just for Asian-style white rice.

For this complex-tasting, pot of pure comfort, you brown some chorizo and rice, scrape the mixture into a rice cooker full of lentils and chop some green onions, knob onions or garlic chives.

If the recipe below doesn’t offer enough substance, double the amount of chorizo you’re cooking, add half of it to the rice and use the other half for garnish. Or, use this rice as a bed for grilled or sautéed chicken or fish.

Quick note: Try as I might, I can’t get the lentils to cook in the same amount of time as the rice in the rice cooker, so I give them a 20-minute head start to ensure they’re not crunchy.

Arroz con Chorizo y Lentejas
Servings: 4as a main course


  • 1/3 cup lentils, preferably the black beluga or green French lentils
  • 4ouncesfresh Mexican chorizo sausage, casing removed
  • 1 cup rice (I prefer medium-grain rice here)
  • 1/2cup chopped green or knob onions (about 2 onions) OR 1/3 cup chopped regular or garlic chives
  • Salt


Place the lentils and 3/4 cup water in a rice cooker and cook for about 20 minutes or until the rice cooker turns to the "keep warm" mode; the lentils should taste about half done. Meanwhile, in a large (10-inch) skillet set over medium heat, cook the chorizo, breaking up any clumps, until it has begun to brown, about 7 minutes. Stir the rice into the chorizo and cook, stirring nearly constantly, until it has turned from translucent to milky white, about 3 minutes more.

When the lentils are ready, scrape the chorizo and rice mixture into the rice cooker along with the onion (or chives), 1 teaspoon salt and 1 3/4 cups water. Cover the rice cooker, once again turn it to "cook" and let the rice cook until the appliance switches to "keep warm" mode, 15 to 20 minutes.

Taste a grain of rice: it should be very close to done at the core. If not, sprinkle a little water, recover and cook 5 minutes more. Gently fluff the mixture with a fork, reaching all the way to the edges at the bottom, to release steam and slow the cooking (though of course it can hold up to an hour or so in "keep warm" mode.)

You're ready to serve.


    1. Hello Joyce – you can absolutely do this on the stove top – the cooking times just may vary a bit.

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