Bean and Lentil Chili

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SourceRecipe adapted from Minimalist Baker.
Prep time10 minutes
Cooking time45 minutes
Total time55 minutes


This is a healthy spin on a traditional comfort food. Great for entertaining and packed with protein and fiber! Serve with plain Greek yogurt, cilantro, and avocado. Pair with our Gluten Free, Vegan Herb Cornbread recipe.


2 tablespoons
grapeseed oil (or coconut oil)
onion, white (or yellow, diced)
bell pepper, red (diced)
1/2 teaspoon
sea salt (divided)
1/2 teaspoon
black pepper (divided)
pepper, jalapeño (diced with seeds)
4 cloves
garlic (minced)
3 tablespoons
chili powder (divided)
2 tablespoons
2 tablespoons
cumin, ground (divided)
1 teaspoon
paprika, smoked
2 cans
tomato, diced (15 oz cans)
3 tablespoons
tomato, paste
1 3/4 cup
water (plus more as needed)
3/4 cup
lentils, red (dry, thoroughly rinsed in cold water and drained)
1 can
beans, kidney (drained)
1 can
beans, black (drained)
2 tablespoons
maple syrup
1 tablespoon
yogurt, Greek (optional)
avocado (optional)


Heat a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add oil, onion, and red pepper. Season with a healthy pinch each of salt and pepper and stir. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add jalapeño and garlic to a mortar and pestle and crush into a rough paste (alternatively, blend in a small food processor, or finely mince). Add to the pot with onion and red pepper, and season with another pinch salt and pepper.

Add 2 Tbsp chili powder, 2 Tbsp oregano, 1 Tbsp cumin, paprika, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and water, and stir to combine. Bring to a low boil over medium high heat.

Once boiling, add lentils and reduce heat to medium-low or low, so it's at a gentle simmer. You want to see bubbles, but you don't want it boiling. Cook for 15 minutes, or until lentils are mostly tender. Add more water, as necessary.

Next, add kidney beans, black beans, and remaining 1 Tbsp cumin, and 1 Tbsp chili powder, salt and pepper to taste, and stir to combine.

Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then reduce heat to low, cover, and gently simmer for 20 minutes to combine flavors. Stir occasionally.

Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

Store leftovers in the refrigerator up to 4 days, and in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat on the stovetop, or in the microwave.