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Lentil Chili:

photo of lentil chili ingredients:

  • 1 small onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 2 crushed cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tbsp. canned diced green chilies
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 14 oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 19 oz. can of lentils drained (3/4 cup dry lentils boiled until soft)


  • Peel and chop onion. Set aside.
  • Seed and chop green pepper. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until softened (around 5 minutes).
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir flour with seasonings.
  • Stir seasoning mixture into the softened onions. Continue stirring for 2 minutes. Add a bit of water if it starts to stick to the pot.
  • Stir in tomato sauce, lentils, green peppers, and chilies. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  • Partially cover and reduce heat so mixture simmers. Stir often and cook for about 15 minutes. (cook longer if you would like the flavors to develop some more)
  • Serve with rice and some chopped cilantro sprinkled on top.
serves: 4

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