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Here's an easy way to make a delicious Lentils and Rice dish. You can go easy on the chipotle if you want a milder version!

One Pot Mexican Lentils and Rice [Vegan]

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Ingredients You Need for One Pot Mexican Lentils and Rice [Vegan]

  • 1/2 cup lentils
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 onions
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 chipotles in adobo
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 and a half teaspoons salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

How to Prepare One Pot Mexican Lentils and Rice [Vegan]

  1. Thinly slice 2 onions.  Add them to a tablespoon of oil and cook over medium heat for 20-40 minutes, stirring regularly.  Season them with pinches of salt throughout the caramelization process.
  2. Roast two tomatoes in a 400F oven for 20-25 minutes.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of lentils to a heaping cup of water in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 10-15 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed.  Drain and set aside.
  4. When the onions are mostly caramelized, add the two roasted tomatoes to a blender or food processor along with 2 chipotles in adobo and 4 garlic cloves.  Combine well.
  5. Set aside some of the caramelized onions for garnish if you want.
  6. Add 4 cups of stock (or water) and one teaspoon of salt to the caramelized onions.  Bring to a boil and then let simmer for a few minutes.
  7. Add the parboiled lentils, the tomato-chipotle mixture, one cup of rice, 1/2 teaspoon of cumin, a pinch of cinnamon, and some freshly cracked pepper.  Combine well and then bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and let simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed.
  8. Take a taste for seasoning (I added another 1/2 teaspoon of salt).  Remove from heat, cover, and let sit in its own steam for 5-10 minutes.
  9. Serve immediately and store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
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Yellow onions for this batch but you can try caramelizing white onions and they seem to work just as well. Season throughout the caramelization process, adding a pinch of salt at a time. (approx. 1 teaspoon total)

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Nutritional Information

Per Serving: Calories: 344 | Carbs: 56g | Fat: 12g | Protein: 18g | Sodium: 280mg | Sugar: 7g

Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. I assume you mean cooked lentils and cooked rice? Are the tomatoes large? Are they supposed to be sliced? It would be a good recipe if it were complete.