Skyline Lentil Chili


Serve chili over spaghetti and top with chopped onion, finely shredded Cheddar cheese, kidney beans, and Tabasco® sauce. I used to love Skyline Cincinnati-style chili. When I went vegetarian I came up with this Skyline lentil chili to give me that Skyline taste. I use green or black lentils as the protein where standard Cincinnati-style would use ground meat. Even though I've gone back to eating meat this is still my preferred way to get my Skyline fix.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
10 servings


Seasoning Mix:

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder, or more to taste

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • ½ (1 ounce) square unsweetened chocolate, grated

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 bay leaf

Lentil Chili:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed

  • 2 cups diced onions

  • 2 cups diced green bell pepper

  • 6 cups vegetable broth

  • 2 cups dry lentils

  • 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • ½ cup water, or as needed (Optional)


  1. Mix chili powder, garlic powder, unsweetened chocolate, cinnamon, cumin, salt, cayenne pepper, allspice, cloves, and bay leaf together in a bowl until seasoning mix is well combined.

  2. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat; cook and stir onions and green bell pepper until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add vegetable broth and lentils; simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in seasoning mix, tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce; simmer for 1 hour more, adding water if chili gets too thick.

  3. Remove bay leaf from chili. Blend chili using an immersion blender until desired consistency is reached.

Cook's Notes:

If you want this to be vegan, use vegan Worcestershire sauce cheese.

Note, if you're not familiar with Cincinnati-style chili - this is not regular chili. It is a sauce served over spaghetti (or as a dip with crackers or on bread), topped with Cheddar cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

77 Calories
3g Fat
12g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 77
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 658mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 31mg 155%
Calcium 42mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 314mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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