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Simple Lentil Chili

Vegan Lentil Chili

This, my friends, is a winner. In my attempt to eat more vegan meals, I was looking to incorporate more beans and legumes into my diet, so chili sounded like a good dish. I’m a huge chili-lover, but Xavier is, well, not so much. As obsessed as I am with my famous Five Ingredient Chili, I’ve never won him over. But this recipe? He loved it! He actually told me it was even better the second time around. If I can make a dish where the leftovers are better than the original, then I think I deserve a pat on the back.

Aside from chopping the pepper and onion, this recipe, adapted from Whole Foods, requires little effort. It’s one of those throw-everything-in-and-wait kind of things. Isn’t that lovely?

Simple Lentil Chili
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Serves: 6-8
  • 8 cups vegetable broth, divided
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 4 tsp chili powder
  • 16oz brown lentils (about 2-1/4 cup)
  • 1 15 oz can black beans (do not drain)
  • 1 16oz jar salsa (I use medium)
  • 1 10.75oz can condensed tomato soup
  • ½ cup corn, frozen or canned (optional)
  1. Bring ¾ cup vegetable broth to a low boil over medium heat in a large pot.
  2. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic, cooking until onion is translucent.
  3. Stir in chili powder and cook, stirring constantly, for about 30 seconds, until powder becomes fragrant.
  4. Add remaining broth, lentils, black beans (with liquid), salsa, tomato soup, and corn.
  5. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, partially covered, for about 30 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Uncover and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes.
Makes one large pot of chili! This fed Xavier and I for multiple meals, and I still had to throw some in the freezer.


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  • Reply Carly

    Looks delicious! Never been a fan of beans but I think they would be okay in this recipe.
    Keep up the great recipes!

    August 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm
  • Reply Marilyn

    Definitely trying this… Lentils taste like dirt but are so rich in iron. I have two big bags that I need to get through and this recipe can help me do just that.

    August 31, 2012 at 11:39 pm
    • Reply Kelsey Reddick

      My philosophy is, if Xavier likes it, most anyone will like it. He’s pretty picky.

      September 1, 2012 at 8:51 am
  • Reply Patricia D

    Hi Kelsey, do u think I can make this in my crock pot? Thanx

    March 19, 2017 at 8:56 am
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