Smaug's Breath Lentils
Smaug's Breath Lentils

Steaming bowl of Smaug’s Breath Chili Laced Lentils. “It’ll burn your face off.”

I made Pozole Rojo the other day, and ended up with an entire extra pint of the fiery broth left over. Part of it we planned to use for canning pork, and I had planned to use the other half for an Indian style dish of lentils over rice.

It just happened that I also had a dinner party with a Lord of The Rings theme to it, and so what was simply going to be a world food dish turned easily into a Middle Earth dish, and it went over VERY well.

Smaug’s Breath Lentils with Fiery Red Chilies

By: semiserious chefs
Serves: 6-8


  • 1/2 pound dried lentils – red, green, or black
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 4 cups water
  • 6 garlic cloves – minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 T oregano (Mexican preferred)
  • 1/2 T cumin
  • 1  onion – diced
  • 4 oz (1 cup) mixed ground Chilies
    • create your own combination
    • OR 2 ancho chilies, 3 guajillo chilies, 1 T ground de Arbol chili, 1 T pasilla chilies


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a large pot. Bring to a boil on medium high, then reduce heat and keep at a gentle boil for 15-20 minutes, until lentils are tender.
  2. Serve with a liability waiver.


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