Easy Lentil Chili

Lentil Chili

Until a few weeks ago I had never cooked with lentils before. Now, I’m straight up addicted. Who knew those little guys were so filling? My cousin is the one that introduced me to this chili version and it’s absolutely delicious. I’m normally a big fan of meat in chili, but didn’t even miss it in this one. This makes a ton and is great to freeze in individual portions or to share with friends.

Crockpot Lentil Chili
via little broken

2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
4 tsp chili powder
1 (16 oz) bag of brown lentils
2 (14.5 oz) cans no-salt diced tomatoes
1 bay leaf
2 (32 oz) cartons vegetable or chicken stock
1/3 c chopped fresh cilantro
salt & fresh pepper, to taste

we added:
1 can of chopped green chilies
1 green pepper, diced

toppings: sour cream (greek yogurt), cheese (pepper jack or cheddar), avocado, tortilla chips

Combine all ingredients, minus cilantro and toppings, in the crockpot. Cook on low for 7 hours. Stir and then serve topped with desired toppings.





  1. February 10, 2015 / 5:35 am

    Looks so good! I’ve never cooked with lentils before, but would love to try. xo

  2. February 10, 2015 / 7:12 am

    Love this new change to chili – it looks incredible!! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

  3. jillian
    February 10, 2015 / 7:38 am

    yummm! i’ve never cooked lentils before either. sounds like it’s time to make that happen! xo jillian

  4. February 10, 2015 / 8:36 am

    i’ve never cooked lentils either, but shoot, i want to try this!

  5. February 10, 2015 / 9:43 am

    oooh lentils, nice!

  6. February 10, 2015 / 10:03 am

    lentils in the crockpot is totally the best way! Allows them to soften perfectly cooking all day. That recipe looks so good!

  7. February 10, 2015 / 11:45 am

    Looks and sounds delicious! I love new chili recipes, so thanks for sharing! Hope that you are having a good day so far too. 🙂

  8. Shelby
    February 10, 2015 / 4:22 pm

    I made a huge batch of lentil chili… then forgot about it and never even had any hah. Need a re-do!

  9. February 12, 2015 / 6:19 pm

    This looks delicious!