I love chili. It will always be such a nostalgic food for me. Whenever we had snow days my mom would make a big pot of chili and we would all warm up eating after playing in the snow.
While I can’t eat that chili anymore because there was meat in it this one is just as amazing. The lentils make the chili super thick, packed with tons of flavor and full of plant protein! I love chili because it is actually a really healthy meal pair it with quinoa, brown rice or a little bit of vegan sour cream and vegan cheese! Whatever you like. I know you will love this recipe and so will any omnivore. My boyfriend requests this chili all the time.
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1/2 cup water OR 2 tbsp olive oil
1 red bell pepper
1/3 vidalia onion
1 cup red lentils
1 can black beans
1 can tomato sauce
3/4 cup frozen corn
2-3 tbsp taco seasoning or chili powder
additional 1/2 -1 cup of water
2 tsp coconut sugar
1 tsp black pepper
1-2 tsp salt
2-3 tsp cayenne [depending on how spicy you like things]
In a pot add in water or olive oil. I like to keep things oil free when possible so I use the water. Chop up the pepper and onion into small pieces and cook on the stove. Start out on a medium heat so the peppers and onions begin to soften. Take 1 cup of lentils in a measuring jar and add in enough water to cover the lentils. With a spoon begin to push down into the lentils, the water should turn cloudy and any bits of dirt will float to the top for you to scoop out. Once peppers and onions are softer after about 15 mins of cooking add in beans, lentils, tomato sauce and seasonings. I like to also add some water into the tomato sauce can about half the can and use that saucy water in the chili as well. Cover the chili and cook on a medium low heat, enough so it bubbles but YOU DO NOT WANT IT TO BURN. After about 20 minutes, stir it and add in more water 1/2 cup to start with if the lentils are absorbing too much liquid. Lower it down to a low heat now and cook for another 25 minutes. After about 10 minutes you can dd in the frozen corn, stir that in and give the chili a taste. Adjust spices according to your flavor. That is it super easy and delicious!