Vegetarian lentil chili

Thick, creamy and tasty, vegetarian lentil chili is a healthy and delicious recipe, perfect for both vegans and vegetarians and for all “omnivores” who, like me, like to vary the daily menu by reducing the consumption of meat a little. Perfect both to eat like a soup, and to accompany nachos, tacos and burritos, vegetarian lentil chili is an easy one pot recipe that requires just 40-45 minutes of cooking.

To prepare the one pot vegetarian lentil chili you will need a few simple ingredients: dried lentils, garlic, onion, peppers, tomato pulp and your favorite chili powder. Instead, I prefer to mix the spices to my taste: I seasoned the vegetarian lentil chili with cumin, cinnamon, fresh hot pepper and freshly ground black pepper. In addition, I added a few drops of Tabasco. To have a thick and full-bodied chili of lentils you simply have to blend a small part just before serving!

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  • DifficultyVery easy
  • CostVery cheap
  • Preparation time10 Minutes
  • Cooking time45 Minutes
  • Serving4 servings
  • Cooking methodStove
  • CuisineMexican
  • SeasonalityEvergreen

Ingredients for one pot vegetarian lentil chili

11/3 cup dried lentils (280 g – 10 oz)
1 bell pepper (1 small pepper or half of a large one, about 200 g – 7 oz)
1 clove garlic
1/2 onion
1 cup tomato pulp (200 g – 7 oz)
2 cups vegetable broth (500 ml)
1 chili pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
1 pinch cinnamon powder
Some drop tabasco
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
q.s. salt
q.s. black pepper (grounded)
1 sprig coriander (or parsley, chopped)
341,31 Kcal
calories per serving
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  • Power 341,31 (Kcal)
  • Carbohydrates 45,51 (g) of which sugars 4,51 (g)
  • Proteins 17,74 (g)
  • Fat 9,56 (g) of which saturated 1,40 (g)of which unsaturated 0,82 (g)
  • Fibers 11,98 (g)
  • Sodium 486,29 (mg)

Indicative values for a portion of 325 g processed in an automated way starting from the nutritional information available on the CREA* and FoodData Central** databases. It is not food and / or nutritional advice.

* CREATES Food and Nutrition Research Center: ** U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. FoodData Central, 2019.


1 Chopping Board
1 Knife
1 Pot thick-bottomed with its lid
1 Immersion Blender
1 Bowl
1 Colander

How to prepare one pot vegetarian lentil chili

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To make vegetarian lentil chili, start by soaking the lentils for a couple of hours. This caution is not always necessary, but if you have time, do it, especially if you don’t know how “old” lentils are.

Wash the pepper thoroughly, remove the stalk and seeds and cut it into little cubes. Slice the onion into thin slices. If you use fresh chillies, wash them, remove the stalk and also cut them into rings.

In a thick-bottomed pot, brown the peeled garlic clove, onion, peppers and chilli in hot oil, with a pinch of salt. Sauté everything for 5-6 minutes over low heat, being careful not to burn the onion.

sautè bell peppers and onion for the veganchili

Then add the chopped tomato pulp and a little ground black pepper. Drain the lentils and rinse them well, then add them to the pot.

add dried lentil to the pot to make the vegetarian lentil chili

Add a pinch of salt again and also add the cumin, a pinch of cinnamon and a few drops of Tabasco. Pour in the hot vegetable broth, until the ingredients are completely covered.

add vegetal broth to the vegan lentil chili

Bring to a boil, cover the pot with the lid and cook the lentil chili over low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding more hot broth if the previous one is excessively absorbed.

At the end of 30 minutes, the lentils must be tender and the chili slightly brothy. Taste it to check the cooking of the lentils and, if necessary, extend it for another 5-10 minutes. When the lentils are cooked, remove the garlic and put about a third of the entire mixture in a bowl.

Blend it with an immersion blender until you get a homogeneous cream, which you will put back in the pot with the rest of the chili.

blen a few lentil to have a creamy and thick lentil chili

Let it thicken for about 5 minutes, then turn off the heat and garnish the vegetarian lentil chili with the chopped coriander.

the vegetarian lentil chli is ready

Serve the vegetarian lentil chili immediately, if you like with nachos or tortillas, or with croutons.

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You can keep the vegetarian lentil chili in the fridge for 3 or 4 days.

Tips and variations

Depending on your tastes, lentil chili can be more or less spicy. You can add cheddar cheese, sour cream or avocado to the vegetarian lentil chili.

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