Vegetarian Lentil Chili–YUM!

During this month of the “Eat From the Pantry Challenge,” I have found myself being very creative with the ingredients that I have on hand. I love creating yummy foods in the kitchen, but have kicked it up a bit.  On Monday, I made Vegetarian Chili. I added a little bit of this, and a splash of that, and the final result got “two thumbs up” up from my kiddos. Kids are the most honest critics, or so I have found. Also, for the carnivores in your life, feel free to add meat!

Crock pot Vegetarian Chili

  • 2 cups of lentils
  • 1 cup of dry pinto beans, soaked (or canned beans)
  • 1  32 ounce carton of vegetable broth
  • 1  can of tomato sauce
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 T. of Italian seasonings
  • 1/4 cup of chili powder (This is chili powder blend, not plain cayenne pepper!)
  • 1 T. of cumin
  • 2 T. of molasses (if you don’t have molasses, substitute brown sugar)
  • 2 T. of cocoa powder
  • 2 t. of ground cinnamon
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Directions:
Place everything into crock pot. Cook on low for 8 hours, or until beans are tender. 

This was so good, especially the next day after the flavors melded together. For the leftovers, consider making a Tamale Pie, which is so easy. Simply layer the chili into a baking dish. Mix up a recipe of corn bread (use a box mix, if you like) and spread that atop the chili. It is yummy to stir cheese into the cornbread batter, too. Bake at 425 degrees for about 20-25 minutes, or until the cornbread is golden brown. Fabulous served with a taco toppings, such as a dollop of sour cream, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes and sliced olives.

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11 responses to “Vegetarian Lentil Chili–YUM!

  1. This recipe sounds a great idea. One I may try. In fact, if the meat wasn’t out of the freezer I would try this tonight but use tinned beans. Sounds delicious.

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  5. This looks delicious! One of my favorite meals to make is a lentil vegetable stew, but I’ve been wishing I had a crockpot version of it. This is a great place to start!

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  9. Victoria Taulbee

    is it really 1/4 cup of chili powder? is it spicy?

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