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French Lentil and Hominy Chili

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

2 tablespoons grapeseed oil

1 small onion, chopped 

3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped 

1 jalapeno, ribs removed and chopped 

1 yellow bell pepper, diced 1/3-inch 

1 red bell pepper, diced 1/3-inch 

1 tablespoon chili powder 

1 1/2 teaspoons cumin 

1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt 

1 cup French lentils, picked through, soaked and rinsed (see Cook's Note)

1 1/2 cups brown ale, such as Turbodog 

One 28-ounce can diced tomatoes 

One 15-ounce can hominy, drained and rinsed 

1/4 cup cilantro leaves 

1 avocado, diced 

1/2 cup cotija cheese, crumbled 

Lime wedges, optional 

Directions

  1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium high heat. When it is hot, add the oil and diced onion. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring often with a wooden spoon. Add the garlic, jalapeno, yellow and red peppers and continue to cook, stirring often, for an additional 4 minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin and salt and stir until the mixture is fragrant. Add the lentils, beer, tomatoes and 1 1/4 cup water and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and reduce the heat to medium low. Cover the pot and simmer for 25 minutes. Uncover the chili and add the hominy. Continue to cook uncovered until the chili has thickened slightly and the lentils are cooked through, about 15 minutes more. Serve topped with the cilantro, avocado and cotija cheese. Finish with a squeeze of lime if desired.

Cook’s Note

To soak your lentils, place the picked-through lentils in a fine mesh strainer and rinse them well. Place them in a medium bowl and cover them with water so they are fully submerged by 1 inch of water. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to 14 hours. Drain and rinse the lentils again before using.