slow cooker white bean and lentil chili

I nearly forgot to post this chili recipe. This is another husband friendly soup disguised as chili. It's kind of in between a soup and a chili. It's a Choup...or maybe it's a Shili. Oh, who cares? It's darn tasty!

I've been breaking out my slow cooker quite a bit lately. It's so great to just throw everything in, flip it on low and let it go. I used those terrific steamed lentils from Trader Joe's in here but I'm sure uncooked lentils would work out fine as well. I also threw in some leftover chicken sausage. I used vegetable broth in this recipe so if you prefer a meatless meal, just leave out the sausage. It's plenty hearty and flavorful without any meat added in. Give this a try soon!

Slow Cooker White Bean and Lentil Chili
by theUngourmet

1 cup uncooked white beans, such as great northern
2 cups steamed or uncooked lentils
1/2 lb ground chicken sausage, cooked and crumbled
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
4 cups vegetable broth
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
2 cloves chopped garlic
salt and pepper to taste

Garnish options
Jack cheese
sour cream
salsa verde

Place all ingredients into a slow cooker. Cook on low 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. Garnish as desired.

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It's been a chilly week so far here. Perfect for this chili!

Hope your week is off to a great start!



doggybloggy said...

I made great northern beans and white rice today - it must have been a white bean kind of day - this chile looks like the ticket.

Joanne said...

Sometimes it's all about the element of disguise. At least that's what I find works best for my picky eaters (aka my father and brother). This looks awesome. Love white beans.

Juliana said...

This dish with white bean look so hearty...great for the season :-)

Ron Lennex said...

NOT chili... sorry. Real Chili does not have beans.

It's bean and meat stew at best.

Susan said...

That looks great!

Chef Bee said...

Sounds delicious. I love chili and am always looking for ways to change it up.

Plan B

theUngourmet said...

Ron- I found your comment to be quite intriguing. I have read that chili con carne is made without beans. Over the years I have seen many recipes for chili containing beans. I have eaten in many restaurants with chili on the menu and it contained beans. I see chili on store shelves with beans. I thought that chili may or may not contain beans depending on the style. It looks like I'll have to get to work on a bit of chili research. Thanks for your comment.

jacqueline said...

I wish i have a slow cooker! But this is motivating me to get one. :) It looks soo hearty and yummieee!! I might just make this without using a slow cooker. :) Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

scrappysue said...

Your blog Kim , your recipe . If u say chilli has beans, then it has beans!

love lives in the kitchen said...

yumm! your recipes are always very inspiring! this one is perfect for cold autumn days (like these right now!)
wish you a very sweet day,

Donna-FFW said...

Oh that looks so inviting... I love lentils and as a shili.. love the word, fantastic idea!!

Kim said...

I agree with scrappysue. Your blog, your recipe. I personally believe that chili cannot be made w/out beans. This recipe not only sounds and looks delicious, but is so healthy! Looks like something I would love.

girlichef said...

Your choup...or shili...look fabulous! I love the sausage in it...and the beans are a great match. I think it's time for me to break out the slow cooker, too. Gorgeous :D

Emily Z said...

"Choup" or "chili" - I like it! I like chili in pretty much any form. Luckily so does my husband. With meat, or vegetarian, chili is something he'll eat any time.

Pam said...

It looks so hearty and delicious - perfect for these cold and cloudy Oregon days.

Randi Troxell said...

looks awesome.. and wonderful for the cooler weather too!!!

Claudia said...

It was definitely a bean day! I made pasta and beans and tomatoes. Bookmarking this - cannot have too many comforting recipes for the coming seasons.

Foodessa said...

Kim...since I'm still looking forward to having a slow cooker on my counter...hopefully soon...this recipe is certainly going in my repertoire ;o)

Ciao for now,

Faith said...

This looks like a hearty, delicious meal, Kim! I'm glad it was hubby approved too! :)

Monet said...

I need to pull my slow cooker out. Thank you for sharing this. I love how you combined the white beans, the lentils and the sausage. It looks great!

Jeannie said...

I can imagine how wonderful this chilli cum soup dish is...would be lovely with crusty bread:)

pigpigscorner said...

So hearty! Love beans in stews and soups. I guess it's time to invest in a slow cooker!

Natalie said...

I've been all about the slow cooker lately too! Can't wait to add this to my list!

sweetlife said...

I love using my slow cooker, and this is the perfect bowl of yumminess, totally my type of meal


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