10.12.2009

Beef and Lentil Chili

I realize that I have been posting a lot of baked treats this month. My mother says it's the time of year for it so I guess it's okay. Lately, I've really been in the mood for apples, sweet potatoes, pears, cinnamon, cloves, ginger...

Anyway, before you all start thinking I'm serving my family muffins for dinner, here is an easy and delicious chili recipe for you to try.

Beans are typically the main ingredient that comes to mind when I think of making chili. The other night I was in the mood for a nice warm bowl of the stuff, but as luck would have it, I only had dried beans and not enough time to cook them up. I spotted a bag of lentils and thought they would make a perfect replacement.

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Beef and Lentil Chili
by theUngourmet

Ingredients

1 lb of lean ground beef or ground turkey
2 tbsp oil
2 cloves chopped garlic
1 cup dry lentils, rinsed
1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
1 10 oz can of Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilies
2 cup chicken broth
2 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp dried basil
2tsp dried marjoram
2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
cracked pepper to taste

Garnish

sour cream
hot sauce

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Brown the beef or turkey. Drain. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the garlic and saute for a minute or two. Add the beef or turkey, lentils, tomatoes, broth, herbs, spices, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender.

Garnish with a dollop of sour cream and a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce.

This is a really wonderful change from regular chili. Serve it with some yummy corn muffins. You could also wrap this chili in a tortilla with some diced tomato and avocado if you felt like it.

This should serve six comfortably.

Have a lovely week!

29 comments:

Palidor said...

What a wonderful chili! I really enjoy a hearty bowl of chili, but since I don't like beans, I don't eat it very often. Thanks for the idea of subbing in lentils!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Lentils are my go-to quick cooking legume too. Great idea to use them in a chili!

Denise said...

I just love chili and the weather is so perfect for it right now. Way to improvise with the lentils. looks yummy.

TKW said...

And there is something wrong with muffins for dinner?? :)

Lentils are Awesome! Your chili looks yummy!

Megan said...

I really don't like beans in my chili, but I do love lentils, so I bet I would love this! It looks delicious!

Pam said...

What a hearty and delicious chili - perfect for this cold weather.

Linda said...

Love lentils, Love chili. This sounds so nice and hearty!

Heather said...

mmmm. i love a good lentil stew! this sounds tasty!

Chow and Chatter said...

oh this is a great recipe I am going to be writing for an big Organic meat company would you like it to be featured? Rebecca

Ginger said...

I love lentils so this is definitely a must try for me. I would take one of your muffins for dinner ANY day of the week!!

♥peachkins♥ said...

mmm..this looks like a really good chili..

momstheword said...

Hi Kim!

Now that the weather is cooling off I am more in a baking mood, since it's not hot anymore.

I will have to try this, it looks yummy! I have tried lentils and brown rice tacos, and baked lentils, so I love having this chili recipe too.

Thank you!

momstheword said...

i forgot to ask you, do you always rinse your lentils?

Sophia said...

How did you know I've been craving a good, hot, hearty bowl if chili? Looks awesome with lentils!

Jamie said...

Well, sometimes I do serve muffins for dinner... well, there are days when they only find cake in the house! This chili is perfect and as simple as it is it could be the perfect week-day meal! Love the lentils in it!

Cairo Typ0 said...

I like the idea of chilli with lentils. I just made two bean chili the other night and think i'll add lentils next time. Great idea!! :)

Joanne said...

There is nothing wrong with an excess of baked goods. Actually I'm not sure that there is such a thing as an excess. At least not in my kitchen.

I HAVE been dreaming about chili lately, though. Your recipe looks delicious. Love the lentils. Also, love the new banner and background. Perfect for fall!

Queen B. said...

ooooooooooo it's a bit chilly here at the beach and i would love this for lunch today !

Chiara "Kika" Assi said...

That's why I love lentils... no soaking required! I never thought about making chili with them, but it sounds like a great idea. I'll have to try over the weekend, when it will finally cool off!

Mary said...

I've never made chili with lentils. This sounds very interesting and it looks delicious.

Faith said...

I LOVE your addition of lentils here! It reminds me of sloppy joes I made recently -- I only had a little beef on hand so I added tons of lentils and it came out delish!

Danielle said...

what a great idea to add lentils to chili. I think a big pot of chili is in my very near future.

Katy ~ said...

Lentils? Brilliant!!

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

This looks hearty and delicious! And I spy Ro-Tel in here - my current obsession!

5 Star Foodie said...

Mmm... chili sounds wonderful right now! Excellent with lentils!

Pam said...

Lentils are one those things I want to like. But I just can't find the right way to enjoy them.

nora@ffr said...

kim!! vat a talent you have!! this look appetizingly yummm!!
cheers!!

All Things Yummy said...

I used lentils in my chili last night instead of beans and it was sooo yummy. Thanks for the idea.

kirsty_girl said...

I love lentils a lot more than beans. This is a brilliant idea. Will try this this week.

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