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lentil chili

(5 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Karina Alcala
macks creek , MO

I love to make this chili because my kids love it. I can sneak in vegetables and they don't even know it. You can use any type of beans you want in this recipe. We love to make ours with Northern beans since they are creamier tasting.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Hearty and filling, we really liked Karina's lentil chili. It's so filling and tasty you don't even realize it's meat-free. The lentils and beans soak up the delicious chili flavors. We loved the bits of sweet corn and carrots throughout. Cilantro adds a fresh taste to the chili. If you want to make this vegetarian, use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(5 ratings)
yield 8 serving(s)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 45 Min

Ingredients For lentil chili

  • 1 c
    lentils, dry
  • 4 1/2 c
    chicken stock (or vegetable)
  • 1 can
    Northern beans or any bean you like
  • 1 c
    frozen corn
  • 1/2 c
    carrots, diced
  • 1/2 c
    onion, diced
  • 2 can
    diced tomatoes (14 oz each)
  • 1 pkg
    chili seasoning
  • 1
    jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 c
    cilantro, chopped

How To Make lentil chili

  • Cleaning the lentils.
    First, clean your lentils.
  • Sauteing carrots, onions, and jalapeno in olive oil.
    In a pot add olive oil about 2 Tbsp. Saute carrots, onions, and jalapeno.
  • Lentils, chicken stock, and cilantro added to a pot.
    Add lentils and cook for 1 minute. Add 4 c of chicken stock and the cilantro. Bring to a boil and lower temperature to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes until lentils are cooked.
  • Diced tomatoes, remaining chicken stock, and chili seasoning added.
    When lentils are cooked add cans of diced tomatoes and remaining chicken stock. Add the package of chili seasoning.
  • Beans added to the pot.
    Rinse your beans and add to the pot. Cook for 10 minutes more.
  • Frozen corn added to the pot.
    In the last 5 minutes of cooking add the frozen corn.
  • A bowl of Lentil Chili with sour cream and cheese.
    Serve it hot or warm and top with cheese. I like cheddar but you can do any cheese you like and don't forget the sour cream. Eat with corn chips or crackers - we like both.