I have been eating much healthier of late.
And looking for ways to keep it healthy I have been using whole grains and legumes.
This recipe is a fantastic meatless chili loaded with beans, lentils, vegetables and flavor!
You’ll love it so much you may never use meat in your chili ever again!
Seriously, it is that good.
I was one of the lucky winners a while back on Twitter during a Twitter party with Canadian Lentils. I won a fabulous gift package I have been waiting for the perfect recipe to use some of the great lentils they sent me!
- 1 yellow onion - chopped
- 5 cloves of garlic - chopped
- 4 stalks of celery - chopped
- 1 cup of mushrooms - sliced
- 1 large red pepper - chopped
- 1 can of black beans 540 ml - drained and rinsed
- 1 can of romano beans 540 ml - drained and rinsed
- 1 cup of brown lentils - rinsed
- 1 can of diced stewed tomatoes with garlic and olive oil 769 ml
- 1 can of V8 - 340 ml
- 2 cups of water
- 2 teaspoons of cumin
- 1 teaspoon in chili powder
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- ½ teaspoon of celery seed
- ½ teaspoon of paprika
- ½ teaspoon of chipotle chili pepper
- ¼ teaspoon of crushed red chili pepper flakes
- In a large pot heat 3 tablespoons of oil, I like to use Canola oil.
- Add the onion, garlic and celery.
- Cook for about 10 minutes until the onions are lightly browned.
- Add the red pepper and mushrooms and allow to cook for another 10 minutes.
- Now you can add the lentils and beans.
- Give everything I good stir.
- Add all the spices and give it another good stir to combine everything.
- Allow to cook for 5 minutes.
- Now add the water and simmer for 25 minutes.
- Add the diced tomatoes and V8.
- Bring to a boil over medium high heat.
- Allow to bubble away for 15 minutes, stirring often so that nothing sticks to the bottom of the pot.
- Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
It makes a nice sized pot so you will definitely have leftovers if you are not feeding a crowd.
It has just the right amount of heat, it is not too spicy and the flavor is amazing!
And each serving has a whopping 14 grams of fiber! That alone is reason to give this one a try.
This recipe freezes well and is great for those nights you work late.
If you have any fabulous recipes using lentils I would love to hear about them!
Good eating in 2014!