Red Lentil Chili


Category: Soups and Stews

The secret to this thick and hearty chili is red lentils! They cook quickly and provide a wonderful chili-like consistency.

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1 onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
1 1/2 cups dry red lentils
4 cups no-salt-added or low sodium vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups cooked or 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added or low sodium kidney beans, drained not rinsed
1 1/2 cups cooked or 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added or low sodium black beans, drained not rinsed
20 ounces diced tomatoes, fresh or packaged in non-BPA packaging
1 tablespoon tomato paste
4 cloves garlic, crushed
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon coconut aminos
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 jalapeno pepper, chopped, optional (see note)
2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen corn


Heat 2-3 tablespoons of water in a soup pot, add onion and bell pepper and water saute until tender. Add the red lentils and the vegetable broth, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add the remaining ingredients except for the corn, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for another 30-60 minutes. Add corn and heat through.

Note: Remove jalapeno pepper seeds if you like it less spicy.

My Notes: (Click Edit to enter your notes about this recipe)

Serves 6

Per Serving:

Calories 387
Protein 25 g
Carbohydrates 70 g
Sugars 5 g
Total Fat 2.7 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 236 mg
Fiber 25.8 g
Beta-Carotene 704 ug
Vitamin C 18 mg
Calcium 112 mg
Iron 8.8 mg
Folate 377 ug
Magnesium 144 mg
Potassium 1111 mg
Zinc 4.4 mg
Selenium 7 ug

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08/02/2021 07:35 PM

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Love this recipe for the way the lentils make the chili nice and thick. Fresh corn is a nice flavor boost. 


01/02/2022 07:03 PM

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Delicious chili...a bit too spicy for my taste, so I cut back on the chilit powder the 2nd time I made it.  Only used about 2 1/2 tablespoons...cut back a bit on the cumin as well to keep the ratio the same.

This comment was last edited on 01/02/2022 07:04 PM


02/07/2022 12:50 PM

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Hubby and I loved this! I used half the amount given for the chili powder and cumin. It was just right. It freezes well. Definitely a keeper!


03/19/2022 06:06 PM

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This is one of my favorite nutritarian recipes! I never would have thought to put cocoa powder in chili, but it seems to work. I just made it again today and it is great comfort food. Thanks for sharing the recipe!


08/04/2022 05:20 PM

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This is our favorite chili from this site thus far. We are "gringos" when it comes to spicy hot foods so I reduced the chili powder to 1-1/2 Tablespoons (and used a mild chili powder), and will reduce it a tiny bit more next time. (I didn't change the amount of cumin.) Very flavorful, and the kitchen smells wonderful while it's cooking. (I left out the cocoa powder because my husband is allergic to it.)

I made this in the IP: sautéed onion & bell pepper with 1-2 tablespoons of water; added garlic for a few seconds, added the broth, red lentils, chili powder, and cumin. High pressure for 10 minutes, natural release. Stirred in remaining ingredients. 


This comment was last edited on 08/21/2022 07:53 PM


04/11/2023 03:52 PM

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Loved this recipe.  Great flavor. I did reduce the chili powder to 1 tablespoon. I thought that was perfect. 


05/11/2023 06:17 PM

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You're going to want to double the recipe.


07/10/2023 01:23 PM

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Super easy.  Family enjoyed it. 


08/03/2023 07:32 PM

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This was easy to make and very tasty!  I really liked the thickness that the lentils provided.  To up the nutrients, I added one zucchini, one yellow squash, and a bag of frozen mushrooms.  Will definitely make again!

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10/10/2023 06:33 PM

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Concur, and as always I always add blended greens, which nobody notices, to maximize nutrition.


11/07/2023 12:58 PM

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Easy and quick recipe.  I used less spice to suit daughter.  Husband usually does not like Nutritarian recipes but he liked this one.  


01/22/2024 12:54 PM

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This recipe is delicious. The flavor and consistency is spot on!


03/29/2024 06:13 PM

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Use 2 tbsp chili powder and 1 tbsp cumin. I used 1 regular chili powder and 1 ancho chili powder.  Perfection!