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Vegetarian Chili Recipe

Weekend Must Make: Lentil Chili

If you were disappointed there was no bean-based dish in my roundup of vegetarian entrees, I've got an awesome recipe for you: lentil chili. It's hearty, slightly spicy, and absolutely delicious. The best thing about this meat-free chili is that it's healthy, so you feel good eating it. It has the warm, comforting qualities of a classic chili, but without all the extra fat. It takes a little more than an hour to make, but this satisfying one-pot dish is worth the wait. While the chili cooks, it fills your house with the most enticing aroma! Serve with a citrus salad and toasted bread. To make the chili this weekend, keep reading.

Lentil Chili

Lentil Chili

Lentil Chili Recipe

Ingredients

  1. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  3. 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  4. 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  5. 4 teaspoons salt-free chili powder
  6. 1 teaspoon cumin
  7. 1 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika
  8. 1 (16-ounce) package brown lentils (about 2 1/4 cups lentils)
  9. 2 (15-ounce) cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  10. 8 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  11. 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Directions

  1. In a large soup pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring until soft, 8 minutes. Add the bell pepper and cook, stirring until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 2-3 minutes longer. Stir in chili powder, cumin, and paprika and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  2. Add lentils, tomatoes and broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, 45 minutes or until lentils are almost tender. Uncover and cook 10 minutes longer. Stir in cilantro and serve.

Serves 8.


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chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 5 years
Made it last night......complements all around!!!!!!
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 5 years
Totally making!
Mimikins Mimikins 5 years
looks yum and easy too.. thanks for posting!
fashionaza fashionaza 5 years
I am making it tonight, will stop by whole foods on my way home, thanks!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 5 years
I love using lentils....they are ready to use from the package and no over night soaking needed......
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