Warm and soothing, made from all plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free ingredients
Nothing is as satisfying as a hot bowl of chili on a cold winter day. The delicious tomato and chilli broth combined with thick, chunky, stew-like contents works wonderfully for warming you up inside out. Traditional chilli recipes are made with beef (and Texas chilli contains no beans at all). Our slow cooker Lentil Chili is different: it consists of 100 percent vegetable ingredients, but satisfies your stomach and taste buds like a meaty chili.
It gets even better than that! You can cook this slow cooker lentil chilli in a saucepan and save a lot of time. You no longer have to work on the stove all day to get the chilli of your dreams. Just add the ingredients to the slow cooker, set it on low, and dinner will be ready when you get home from work. Serve it with our easy Plant-based cashew flatbread instead of traditional corn bread for a vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free meal!
A bowl of nutrition
Not only does this slow cooker lentil chilli taste great, it’s also packed with nutrient-rich ingredients. For starters, it contains both lentils and kidney beans or black beans. Legumes are some of the most nutritious ingredients out there. They’re low in fat and cholesterol, but their high fiber and protein content makes them as filling as meat. Lentils are a great source of B vitamins, potassium, zinc, and magnesium, while black beans and kidney beans both provide iron, phosphorus, manganese, and thiamine.
Then there are all vegetables. This slow cooker lentil chilli contains sweet potatoes, carrots, red peppers, corn, tomatoes and chillies. When you put them all together, you get a boost in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other phytonutrients.
Slow cooker lentil chilli made better with the right garnish
This slow cooker lentil chili tastes great on its own, but you can make it even better by adding the right garnish. The chilli itself is deep and rich, so adding fresh ingredients will light it up. Some of these side dishes can also make the soup more satisfying and filling!
Let’s start with the fresh ingredients. Limes can be used here in two ways. The peel (or grated peel) gives the rich broth a light taste and a hint of bitterness. The juice, on the other hand, adds acidity and acidity. This spicy taste brings out the other flavors in the chili. Fresh coriander and chopped green onions add herbal notes (and you can absolutely use parsley if coriander isn’t what you want).
The optional avocado and vegan sour cream add filling fats to the dish. Avocados contain heart-healthy fats like oleic acid, the same fatty acids as olives. These healthy fats will keep you feeling full longer. So don’t be afraid to add Lentil Chili Avocado to this slow cooker. We also recommend a pinch of sour cream to add creaminess to the dish. If you are on a plant-based diet, try ours non-dairy sour cream made with cashew nuts.
- 2 cups brown lentils or green
- 15th Ounces kidney beans or black beans, canned, drained and rinsed
- 2 cups Carrots thinly cut
- 1 yellow onion medium, diced
- 1 Red pepper medium, diced
- 4th Garlic cloves chopped
- 1 sweet potato diced
- 1 Cup Corn kernels
- 1 tablespoon Chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked peppers
- 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper Optional
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 30th Ounces diced tomatoes Canned
- 4th Ounces diced green chillies Canned
- 3 tablespoon Tomato paste
- 2 1/2 cups Vegetable broth or water
- Zest and juice of 1 lime, fresh coriander, chopped green onions or sliced avocado (optional coverings)
- homemade vegan sour cream or bought in the store, optional
Put all ingredients (except the garnished ingredients) in a large slow cooker and stir.
Cook on low temperature for 6 to 8 hours (or high temperature for 4 to 5 hours) until lentils are tender. If the chilli isn’t thick enough for your taste, stir in extra tomato paste in the last hour.
Garnish each bowl with lime zest and juice, coriander, spring onions, sliced avocado, and vegan sour cream if desired.
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5
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