This stew is a hearty and healthy way to warm up now that the cooler weather is coming. It came about by simply looking around the kitchen to see what was available. Combining kale, garlic, lentils and chorizo creates a spicy and savory stew sure to leave you satisfied.
Start by heating a four quart dutch oven over medium heat on the stove top. Peel and chop one pound of chorizo, and into the dutch oven it goes to brown.
Be sure to move the chorizo around so that it is nicely crumbled. Once nicely browned and all the fat is rendered, about ten minutes later, remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
While the chorizo is browning, rough chop one large onion, four medium carrots, two poblanos, and four small hungarian peppers.
Once the chorizo is removed, add the vegetables into the dutch oven and salt well to get them sweating.
Make sure to scrap up all the brown bits from the bottom. They hold the secret to amazing flavor!
Once the onions are translucent, add the chorizo back in. Press or mince five cloves of garlic and add in to the dutch oven as well. Stir well to combine.
Rinse and sort one pound of dry lentils. Any variety would work, but I used plain brown lentils I happened to have in the cupboard.
Next six cups of unsalted chicken broth and one can of unsalted diced tomatoes. Of course, fresh tomatoes would work as well, but I didn’t have any on hand. If using fresh I would probably use four medium size tomatoes, chopped.
Bring to a rolling boil to start the lentils, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until lentils begin to get tender. This will take somewhere around thirty to forty-five minutes. Be patient, it is well worth it.
Rough chop a nice size bunch of kale and add in once the lentils begin to get tender. Simmer another ten to fifteen minutes until the kale is done.
Season to taste with salt, pepper, oregano or whatever other herbs suit you. Dish it up with some nice toasted pita like I did, with a loaf of crusty bread, with corn bread or all on its own. Feel yourself warm to the core as you enjoy it.