I can’t remember the last time I have gone a day without eating lentils. Seriously, even when we travel I buy or bring along a bag of lentils. Or when we are camping, its basically all we eat. So it is safe to say that I know my way around a lentil or two. They are probably my favorite food (I say that about all my favorites)
Other then lentils being amazing delicious, the are so versatile. I am sure I say it all the time, but there is nothing you cannot make with lentils, sweet or savory. And nutritional as all heck. So much iron and a super amount of protein. Lentils are basically the perfect food in tiny little coin shaped form. Take it from this vegan lady here. Lentils help keep me alive. HA.
But enough about how many lentils I eat, what we need to address is this chili. It doesn’t matter if you are a lentil feen or not, you will very much enjoy yourself a big bowl of this hearty, slightly spicy, warming goodness. Especially now, when it’s cold outside and the days are short and you just want to eat something filling and healthy and that is not left over holiday cookies. And big bonus, this is a chili that you could come home to start at 5 and basically have it ready to eat by 6. That is just one bit of the magic of lentils, they so cook so fast.
And it’s chili and chili is the best so you really should just get it made. It’s what you need, I can tell.
To all the lentil goodness!
The stuff. Green lentils, crushed tomatoes, a cubanelle pepper, an onion, a couple carrots, and some cauliflower. Also a few cloves or garlic, cumin, chili powder, ground ginger, a red jalapeño, and salt and pepper.
Get started by small choping the carrot, onion, and pepper. Mince up the garlic too.
Grab that jalapeño and remove steam (and seeds if you want heat) and dice into very very small piece.
Into a big old pot it all goes, along with the cauliflower and all the spices. Add a splash of water and a sprinkle of salt and pepper and stick it on the stove for a few minutes to warm up the veggies and spices.
Looking good.. So good I wanted to eat it all, but don’t, it’s for the chili.
Now add all the tomatoes and water and place back on stove on high heat until it starts to boil, then reduce heat to a medium and cook until lentils are tender.
Well look at that, chili.
And why not top with a little avocado while you are at it. It is a very good addition, to the spiciness.
Very little amount of works for such great rewards. Probably going to be your new favorite chili recipe just so you know.
Lentil chili. Grab a bowl, kick up your feet, and dig on it.
makes a lot of chili, like 10-12 servings
1 pound green lentils
1 large onion
5-6 cloves or garlic
1 cubanelle pepper (or any green or sweet pepper)
2 large carrots
3 cups chopped cauliflower (fresh or frozen)
6 cups (two 28 oz cans) crushed tomatoes
2 hefty tablespoons cumin
1 hefty tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 jalapeño pepper
6-8 cups water
salt and pepper
diced avocado for serving (optional)
Remove steam and seeds from cubanelle pepper and small dice it along with the carrots and onion then place int all nto a large heavy bottom pot. Mince the garlic add into pot. Remove steam and seeds from jalapeño pepper and finely dice it and add to pot. Last but not least, add the spices to the mix. Add a splash of water and place on high heat and cook the veggies and spices until for 5 or so minutes, just to give them a little heads start and to activate the spices.
Once the veggies have had a few minutes of heat, dump in the dried lentils, the tomatoes, and 6 cups of water. Stir around and keep on high heat until it starts to boil then turn down to medium and continue to cook, stirring once in a while, until the lentils are tender and the chili has thickened, which should take about 35-40 minutes. If at any time you the lentils are not submerged in liquid but are not cooke through, add more water. And once the lentils are cooked you can thicken bu continuing to cooke does or thin it out by adding more water. Taste soup and season with salt and pepper as you see fit.
To serves, ladle into bowls and tope with diced avocado.
Left overs are fantastic hot or cold and will last in the fridge for about a week. Or if you want, you can freeze a few servings.