Hearty Vegetable-lentil Chili

A warm and comforting vegetarian recipe.

Hearty Vegetable Lentil Chili
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If you’re looking for a plant-based, protein-packed meal, you can’t go wrong with a lentil or bean chili. This vegetable-lentil version contains close to 16g of protein per serving. Make a double batch on the weekend, and freeze for one of those busy weekday nights where you just don’t have time to cook anything.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 300; total fat: 3.6g; saturated fat: 0g; protein: 15.5g; carbohydrates: 55g; sugar: 9.6g; fiber: 14.5g; cholesterol: 0mg; sodium: 345mg

Recipe and photo by Jessica Fishman Levinson, M.S., R.D., C.D.N. of Nutritioulicious.

Prep time

10 min.

Cook time

40 min.

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 cups chopped red, yellow, and orange bell peppers
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 (28-oz) can crushed tomatoes (preferably no added salt)
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 (16-oz) package dried green lentils
  • 2 cups cubed sweet potatoes
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Heat oil in a Dutch oven or soup pot over medium-high heat. Sauté onions and peppers for 5 minutes, until onions are translucent and peppers have started to soften.

Add garlic, cumin, chili powder, paprika, and cinnamon; stir until vegetables are well-coated and spices are fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add crushed tomatoes, broth, water, lentils, and sweet potatoes to pot. Stir everything together, and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to simmer, cover, and cook for 30 minutes until the lentils and sweet potatoes are soft but not mushy. Season with salt and pepper.