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Amazing Lentil Chili

This Amazing Lentil Chili is so tasty and easy to make. Hearty, flavorful, and delicious, this is perfect cold-weather food and something you'll want to make again and again.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 547kcal


  • 1 ½ tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, monced
  • 1 tbsp. chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • 30 oz. (2 cans) black beans, rinsed
  • 16 oz. fresh of frozen corn kernels
  • 12 oz. red lentils, rinsed
  • 14.5 oz. (1 can) diced tomatoes
  • 14.5 oz. (1 can) tomato sauce
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • In a large pot, cook the onion, garlic, and chipotle in adobo for 5-7 minutes, until they are soft and slightly browned. Use water to help scrape the browned bits off the bottom of the pot, if needed.
  • Add the cumin powder and cook for 1 minute.
  • Now, add the black beans, corn, red lentils, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and veggie broth. Cover the pot with a lid and let simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 25-30 minutes.
  • Once the lentils are cooked through, and the chili has reached the desired consistency, season it with salt and pepper. Add the fresh cilantro and lime juice now. Stir, and turn off the heat.
  • Garnish as desired. Some great garnish options are: avocado, lime slices, fresh tomatoes, cilantro, scallions, plant-based yogurt, crushed tortilla chips, or shredded lettuce. I also love to add a generous amount of my homemade Salsa Roja.



About Chipotle in Adobo Sauce

You can purchase canned Chipotle in Adobo Sauce at any large grocery store, usually in the Mexican food section. What I like to do is take them out of the can and process them in the food processor. Then, I transfer this puree into an ice cube tray (about 1 tbsp. in each section) and freeze it. Once frozen, put the cubes in a zip-lock bag, keep them in the freezer, and use them as needed. Chipotle in Adobo Sauce adds amazing flavor to so many dishes. You can use it to make Sofritas or this Healthy Vegan Stew.

How to Store Leftovers

Place any leftover Lentil Chili is an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. If you'd like to save it longer, allow the chili to cool and then place it in ziplock freezer bags (not too big so you can defrost only what you need). Get as much air out as possible, lay them flat to freeze, and then store them vertically to save room. They will stay fresh for 4-6 months.


Calories: 547kcal | Carbohydrates: 97g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1036mg | Potassium: 1679mg | Fiber: 34g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 965IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 10mg