12 Top-Rated Lentil Stew Recipes
Hearty, easy to cook, and budget-friendly, lentils are the ideal pantry staple for delicious stews. This legume — whether you use brown, red, or green varieties — adds plenty of plant-based protein, fiber, and earthy flavor to each serving. To enjoy the humble lentil, try one of our dozen recipes, ranging from filling beefy stews to coconut milk-laden curry stews.
If you like a chunky stew, this is the dish for you. Dotted with creamy potato pieces, bold slices of Polish sausage, and tangy tomatoes, you'll find yourself reaching for this recipe any time the weather gets chilly.
Moroccan Lentil Stew
Your whole house will smell like the heady spices of cumin, coriander, and cinnamon when cooking this Moroccan-inspired lentil stew. The recipe can easily be made vegetarian or vegan by using a vegetable-based bouillon.
Argentine Lentil Stew
Don't overlook this recipe due to the unique combination of ingredients; it's sure to become a family favorite. Hearty lentils cook down with veggies, an apple for sweetness, and barbeque sauce to create a smoky tang.
Tomato-Curry Lentil Stew
Made almost exclusively with pantry staples, this Tomat-Curry Lentil Stew is easy to whip up at a moment's notice. It works as a great foundational recipe, perfect for throwing in nearly past their prime veggies or leftover meats like shredded chicken.
Mediterranean Lamb and Lentil Stew
Beef and Lentil Stew
When the temperature drops and you need a stick-to-your-ribs meal, reach for this beef and lentil stew. "We loved this," says reviewer Elizabeth. "Simple, tasty, makes a ton, and cheap."
Moroccan Beef and Lentil Stew
The great thing about red lentils is their texture, when cooked they break down creating a soft and almost creamy mouthfeel, which is perfectly contrasted with generous pieces of chuck roast in this stew recipe. Don't skip the molasses or dried apricots, they add a distinct sweet note to balance out all the savory ingredients.
Black Lentil Stew with Sausage and Kale
"There's nothing like a big, steaming bowl of comfort food to make everything seem all right, and this dark but delightful black lentil stew with sausage and kale is no exception," says Chef John. "Sausage and lentils are a marriage made in heaven, and so good together, that not even kale can ruin it. I'm kidding, and actually love kale, but if you're not the biggest fan in the world, maybe try it one more time in this."
Coconut-Curry Lentil Stew Served Over Quinoa
Creamy coconut milk, tender red lentils, and bold fresh tomatoes are the stars of this vegan and gluten-free curry stew. As a bonus, the flavors meld overnight and taste even better the next day, so you can make a big batch for prepping lunches.
Kik Wat (Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew)
Gail's Turkey Lentil Stew
Packed with wholesome ingredients like lentils, pearl barley, and ground turkey, this stew recipe is a healthy way to warm up during the winter months. "Delicious! A great way to "stretch" one package of ground turkey to feed quite a few people," says Janice Fesik McGuire.
Lentil Barley Stew
This vegan-friendly stew is based on the combination of filling lentils, chewy barley, and tender vegetables. Recipe creator JOEBERHARDT suggests mixing-and-matching in season veggies for a stellar dish.