Chorizo Rice with Lentils

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. This looks so delicious! There are several Spanish food stores in my neighborhood where I can buy he chorizo and I already have a supply of both kinds of lentils in my pantry. I can’t wait to try using my rice cooker for something other that plain old rice.
    This will make a wonderful addition to a party buffet.
    Thanks rick for this recipe!

  2. For the chorizo rice with lentils recipe. Can you give the instructions using a normal pot? I don’t have a rice cooker.

    1. I am so sorry Bianca – we have not tested this recipe without a rice cooker. The only difference will be quantity of water and cook time. Just keep an eye on it and add more water if you feel that the rice and lentils aren’t cooked at the end. Enjoy!

  3. I prefer to use brown rice rather than white. It takes longer to cook. Perhaps it and the lentils would need a similar cooking time?

    1. Hello Barbara – We did not test this recipe with brown rice – but I imagine that you are absolutely correct, the lentils may just take slightly longer than the brown rice.

    2. Brown rice does not take significantly longer in a rice cooker than white. I’d still give the lentils a head start. Trying tomorrow so I’ll give you an update then.

  4. Delish! yummm…. I will certainly make this tomorrow as a side dish for the lunch that I am preparing for my Mom on “Mother’s Day”.
    Thank you

  5. I made this because I had some cooked brown rice that needed to be used and the rest of the ingredients. I thought it sounded like something I would like. OMG, it was wonderful and definitely something I will make again. Thank you so much for sharing it.

  6. I made a vegan version of this with Field Roast Chorizo Sausage in my Instant Pot. I pulsed three of the sausages in my food processor and browned the sausage bits in the pan. Before adding the rice, I removed half of the “meat.” I knew it would break down too much and lose the texture during cooking but the sausage gives the dish all of the flavor. I finished it off by folding in the held back sausage after the rice cooker was done doing its thing. It was so delicious. It’s become a favorite dish that my onmi sweetie totally enjoys along with me.

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