94 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 46
  • 4 star values: 37
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0

Lentils are cooked in a flavorful chili along with carrots and celery.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Heat the olive oil and melt the butter in a large pot over low heat. Stir in onion and garlic, and cook until tender. Mix in lentils, tomato paste, and crushed tomatoes. Pour in the water. Season chili with chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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  • Mix carrots and celery into the chili. Continue cooking 20 minutes over low heat, until lentils, carrots, and celery are tender.

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Nutrition Facts

189 calories; 3.1 g total fat; 3 mg cholesterol; 217 mg sodium. 32.6 g carbohydrates; 10.9 g protein; Full Nutrition


Reviews (81)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2007
amazing. I tried this recipe when I was trying some healthier alternatives for myself and now it is a regular on the houshold menu. Vegtarian and confirmed 'meat eaters' raved about it. My kids had seconds and I can serve it to my vegan friends. I put all the ingredients in a crock pot for at least 6 hours adding a bit more cumin powder and carrots. A keeper! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/09/2009
I did not enjoy this very much. I took into account all the suggestions others left and added more spices. It still lacked taste. Some seemed to enjoy this so it probably is just a matter of what you enjoy! Read More
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94 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 46
  • 4 star values: 37
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
10/18/2006
I made some changes to this recipe but I loved the end result. I omitted the oil and butter. I used about 1 1/2 cups of onions and 3 minced garlic cloves. I used 1/2 lb. of lentils and 1/2 lb. of lean ground turkey and I used diced tomatoes instead of crushed. I didn't adjust the spices at all but it could have used a little more heat. I will make my version again. It was really yummy and weight watchers- friendly too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2007
amazing. I tried this recipe when I was trying some healthier alternatives for myself and now it is a regular on the houshold menu. Vegtarian and confirmed 'meat eaters' raved about it. My kids had seconds and I can serve it to my vegan friends. I put all the ingredients in a crock pot for at least 6 hours adding a bit more cumin powder and carrots. A keeper! Read More
(44)
Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2008
I loved this recipe but I don't like cooked carrots and my bf doesn't like celery so I substituted corn and small cubed potatos. This might sound weird but it was really tasty and gave the chili a little more volume. It gave me a great excuse to cook my red lentils! I would also say that (being born in Texas and having a deep love of spicy things) if you want a spicy dish you REALLY have to amp up the spice. I used about triple the chili powder and cayenne pepper and red pepper and black pepper than the recipe calls for. I tasted it after initially putting in my spices and couldn't taste anything but the tomato. Still the base of the recipe was a great idea; I'll certainly be cooking it again. Note: add a good crusty warm french bread for a real homey/happy dish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2006
Great recipe!! I added double the chili powder and it spiced it up to perfection. My husband loved it so much he brought it to work for some co-workers. Everybody loved it!! Taking "Beano" first is always a good idea with any kind of bean.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2007
WOW!!!!!! Such incredible taste! I have never left a review before but I just had to this time. This is a very tasty dish I poured it over white rice and it was excellent in every way and I'm not a lentils person! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2006
This was very good. My husband and i loved it. We ate it with tortilla chips and cheddar cheese over the top. YUM Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/12/2008
Yummy! I gave it four stars because like other reviews said I did need to add spices and I also used the whole can of crushed tomatoes. I also added red and green bell peppers and a small can of corn (kept the carrots but skipped the celery) and I think the corn made it extra good. We ate it with the vegan agave corn muffin recipe on this site and it was an awesome dinner! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/22/2006
This was okay but it needed more flavor. My husband didn't like it at all. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2007
You definitely need a large pot! I started out doing what the recipe called for but then I tasted it half way through and it was bland so I added more spice. I also added mushrooms with the veggies. This batch made enough for a couple days and two tubs to freeze for the future. Read More
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