Make-Ahead Lentil Chili

  • Preparation time:
  • 15 min
  • Total time:
  • 50 min
  • Makes:
  • 6 servings
Make-Ahead Lentil Chili

( 163 ratings )

Make-Ahead Lentil Chili

Minimum prep for maximum payoff: a warm, hearty bowl of chili to slurp around the campfire.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 large onion , coarsely chopped
  • 2 sweet potatoes , peeled and finely diced
  • 2 tbsp ground chili powder
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper , optional
  • 1 796-mL can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 540-mL can bean medley , drained and rinsed
  • 1 540-mL can green lentils , drained and rinsed

Toppings

  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives , optional

Directions

  • Heat a large pot over medium. Add oil, then onion and sweet potatoes. Cook until onions soften and potatoes start to brown, about 5 min.
  • Stir in chili powder, tomato paste, garlic powder, dried oregano, salt and cayenne.
  • Add tomatoes and water. Cook until potatoes are tender, about 25 min.
  • Stir in beans and lentils until warmed through, 2 min. Spoon chili into bowls. Top with cheese, sour cream and chives. Serve with Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread.

Make-ahead tip

Cook chili until potatoes are just tender. Cool and pack in a large container. Pack prepped beans in a resealable bag. Reheat chili in a pot over medium and stir in beans during last 2 min of cooking, 6 to 8 min.

Originally published in the Today’s Parent July 2015 issue, this recipe has a triple-tested guarantee from the Chatelaine Kitchen powered by GE.

Photo: Roberto Caruso

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 353
  • Protein
  • 18 g
  • Carbohydrates
  • 55 g
  • Fat
  • 9 g
  • Fibre
  • 13 g
  • Sodium
  • 965 mg
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