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Red Lentil Chili

This vegan red lentil chili is quick and easy to prepare, full of flavour and easy to customize with your favourite veggies and toppings!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Total Price: $7.50
Price per Serving: $1.88
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 456kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 onion diced - $0.13
  • 6 cloves of garlic minced - $0.48
  • 1 red pepper diced - $0.69
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste - $0.40
  • 2 bay leaves - $0.30
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano - $0.12
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin - $0.20
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder - $0.20
  • 3 teaspoons smoked paprika - $0.30
  • A large can (780 grams / 27.5 oz) whole or diced tomatoes - $0.88
  • 1 cup (215 grams) red lentils rinsed - $1.25
  • A large jar (570 grams / 20 oz) kidney beans drained and rinsed - $1.10
  • 1 cup (240 ml) vegetable stock - $0.24
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or sub brown sugar - $0.94
  • 1 teaspoon salt - $0.03
  • Pepper to taste - $0.03
  • Lime slices to serve - $0.21
  • Optional toppings: cilantro, jalapeños, hot sauce, diced avocado, green or red onion, cashew sour cream

Instructions

  • Sautee the onion and garlic in a medium-sized pot with a splash of water over medium-high heat (you can use oil if you prefer). Once soft add the red pepper and cook for a few minutes to soften.
  • Once most of the water has evaporated, add the tomato paste, herbs and spices and stir for about 30 seconds to release the flavours of the spices.
  • Add the tomatoes (if using whole, break them up with your spoon), lentils, beans and vegetable stock. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover. Allow the chili to simmer very gently until the lentils are soft – about 30 minutes. If too much liquid evaporates, add a touch more stock or water. If it’s too liquidy once the lentils are cooked, uncover and allow it to reduce.
  • Finally, stir through the maple syrup, salt and pepper. Taste and adjust the seasonings as necessary, adding more smoky, spice or sweet to your taste.
  • Serve with fresh lime to squeeze over and your choice of toppings.
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Nutrition

Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1250mg | Potassium: 1760mg | Fiber: 29g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 2610IU | Vitamin C: 66.7mg | Calcium: 189mg | Iron: 11.7mg
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