1 Cup (16 tbs), rinsed, drained, and pureed in a food processor
1. In a 5-quart electric slow cooker, mix together the lentils, onions, carrots, ham hock, stock, and water.
2. Cover and cook on the low heat setting 9 hours, or until the lentils are tender. Remove the ham hock; finely chop the meat and return it to the slow cooker. Discard the bone. Stir in the cumin, cayenne, green chiles, and red pepper puree. Season with salt to taste. Increase the heat to the high setting and cook 15 minutes longer.