This spicy Mexican red lentils recipe makes for a hearty, healthy meal. Spicy and comforting, this is the perfect vegetarian chili alternative.
You might also like this vegetarian chili recipe!
I’ve been craving lentils for quite a while now. I know that seems like a weird thing to crave but I really, really like them. However sometimes they are hard on my stomach and so I haven’t had them for a long time. And you know when you can’t have something you want it more. Or is that just me?
Anyway I decided to give them a try again and OMG this was delicious! Even my hubby who doesn’t care for lentils thought it was really tasty. So if lentils are your friend, give this spicy Mexican red lentils recipe a try.
How do you cook dry red lentils?
Are lentils healthy for you?
Lentils are a good source of plant protein and very popular in a vegetarian diet. They are an inexpensive food that can be used in a variety of ways. The nutrition of 1 cup of uncooked lentils red lentils:
- 22g protein
- 10g fiber
- 40mg calcium
- 6mg iron
- 60mg potassium
Difference between red lentils and brown lentils
Red lentils tend to be mild and may become slightly mushy when cooked down so they are often used in soups and stews. Yellow lentils are similar to red lentils. Brown lentils and green lentils hold their shape better than the red or yellow. They are milder in flavor but often used in veggie burgers, in salads or soups. To learn more check out this excellent lentils article in Cooking Light.
Now let me tell you, this is spicy. Not necessarily hot spicy but rather spicy spicy. 😉 I like it this way, because then you can eat it with cool and creamy sour cream to counterbalance the spices. Yum!
Spicy Mexican Red Lentils REcipe
This is very easy to make. Start by browning some onion. While that’s cooking rinse your lentils. Then when the onions start to brown add them along with the rest of the ingredients to the pot.
When it starts to boil, turn it down so it’s simmering and cook for 10-15 minutes until the lentils are tender.
Well this was just a quick little post for you today. After the success of this dish, I had a slew of lentil recipes I wanted to try but unfortunately I’m going to have to pace myself. I ate this for lunch and dinner and it was a bit too much for my belly.
But don’t you worry, I will be making more. In the meantime I hope you give this a try because it was quite yummy. Enjoy!
Mexican Spice Red Lentils
- 1 cup red lentils, uncooked (dry)
- 3 cups water
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup onions chopped
- 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 Tablespoon chili powder
- 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 Tablespoon onion powder
- 1 Tablespoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
- 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
Add your olive oil and onions to a pot and cook until they are starting to brown.
In the meantime rinse your lentils and set aside.
When the onions start to brown, add the rest of the ingredients and bring to boil.
Once boiling, turn down the heat to a simmer.
Cook for 10-15 minutes or until lentils are tender.
Garnish with sour cream and cilantro if using.