Fresno Chili Spiked Hominy and Black Beans is the result of my search to use a new ingredient in a recipe this week. Hominy is made of dried maize, also known as corn. Typically hominy is used in soups and stews, but during the summer months I am always looking for ways to keep things fresh by adding ingredients from the garden. Choose a variety that has been simply processed with salt and lime. For black beans try to use no salt added canned or save money by cooking dried black beans and freezing them in pre-portioned containers.
I used fresh Fresno Chilies from my garden but you can easily substitute the Fresno Chili with a Jalapeno. Feel free to add more or less chopped chili peppers to suit your own individual spice/heat preference.
This recipe is based on the basic traditional French Lentil Soup recipe and replaces chicken stock with vegetable broth. Feel free to add more broth or water for a "soupier" consistency. This recipe is perfect for a weeknight dinner paired with a quick mixed green salad.
Using a slow cooker, add the rinsed lentils, vegetable broth, water, tomato paste, shallots, onion, carrots, celery, rice, bay leaves, dried thyme, and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Just before serving add the salt and pepper, fresh tarragon, thyme leaves, sage, and kale. Stir to incorporate the fresh herbs into the soup. Let kale wilt and serve hot garnished with fresh chopped parsley.