Green Lentil Stew with Chourico Mouro


One advantage of buying staples that you don’t have any immediate use for is that one day when you can’t be bothered to go to the store and you need to empty the freezer and refrigerator of dated items, there are possibilities.  God knows how old the tomato pulp is! I decided not to look at the date and just smelled and tasted it.  It was okay 😉  The El Paso seasoning mix smelled okay too.  The lentils, ground veal and Portuguese blood sausage were frozen and not so old.


I bought the mouro chourico (Portuguese blood sausage) after it was pointed out to me while I was trawling the freezer section of Auchan supermarket with Portuguese friends. It is not completely dry/cooked like most Spanish and Portuguese chorizo that you find here in France.


Le Parret:  This is truly delicious!

Me:  I know 😀


Green Lentil Stew with Chourico Mouro

2 tbsp olive oil

1 lb ground veal

1 chorizo mouro, chopped

1 onion, coarsely chopped

2 large garlic cloves, chopped

2 1/2 cups jarred/cooked lentils

2 cups tired cherry tomatoes, halved

1 dry bay leaf or 3 fresh

1 pkg El Paso seasoning mix

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

3 cups tomato pulp

Saute the veal and chorizo in the olive oil until all the pink is gone in the veal.  Add the onion and garlic and continue to saute until the onion is soft.  Blend in the lentils, cherry tomatoes, bay leaf, seasoning mix, salt, pepper and tomato pulp, bring to a boil and simmer for about 30 -40 minutes.


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17 Responses to Green Lentil Stew with Chourico Mouro

  1. Mad Dog says:

    Interestingly, Chourico Mouro is Portuguese for Moorish Chorizo – I can’t see any Moors eating pork, so it must contain Moorish flavours…
    That’s a very international dish you’ve put together 🙂

  2. Package ingredient says “carne de suino.” I imagine suino means swine? I have an international cupboard/refrigerator/freezer 😉

  3. Michelle says:

    It looks delicious. I love seeing how other cultures eat. Going to scroll through some of these recipes

  4. Looks delicious – and bless M. Parret!

  5. Love the sound of that sausage….and MD’s research is on the button:)

  6. Love those nights when I can pull something together from pantry and freezer! That Chourico Mouro looks like a standout!

  7. MELewis says:

    How curious to find that kind of sausage in the freezer section? How was it packed, or what was it called in French?

  8. Karen says:

    Pantry dinners are a lifesaver on a busy day when something fresh from the market is not possible. If your stew pleased M. Parret I know it was good.

  9. Seems like a great dish i will give it a try for sure!

  10. You can get Old El Paso in France? A lovely dish. It’s fun to see what you can come up with when a pantry clear out is called for.

  11. Kathie says:

    Long live the lentil. My favorite legume. Many types are grown not far from where I live in Washington State, USA. Thanks for the lovely posts. I do so enjoy reading your blog.

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