Lentil Chili

Delicious or No ?

“Meatless?” That was hubbys reaction when I said we’re having vegetarian chili but after few bites I won him over.

I had my doubts a little too when I first made this chili as I’m always a little skeptical of dishes that are changed to an extreme to make them “healthier.” Like substituting chocolate with something that resembles chocolate but ingredients are far from chocolate? Not a fan. I mean don’t get me wrong, I’m all about clean eating but changing a recipe to a point to make it so healthy that half of the ingredients are man made and not even real? Not a fan.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 (16 oz.) bag of brown lentils
  • 2 (14.5 oz.) cans no-salt diced tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 (32 oz.) cartons vegetable stock or chicken stock
  • ⅓ cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, cheddar cheese, croutons, tortilla chips, avocado

Instructions: 

  1. In a large heavy duty dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and red bell pepper; saute the vegetables for 8 minutes or until soft and lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in garlic and chili powder; cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add lentils, tomatoes, bay leaf and stock. Season with salt and ground black pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered for 30 minutes or until lentils are tender. Remove from the heat and discard the bay leaf.
  4. Transfer 3 cups of cooked chili into a food processor and process until pureed; add the pureed chili back into the remaining chili and stir to combine. Taste for salt and pepper.
  5. Stir in cilantro and serve.


Notes: If you like your chili spicy, add chopped fresh jalapeno or red pepper flakes for some heat

Prep time: 30 mins

Cook time: 40 mins