French Lentil Chili

Serve this chili as a vegetarian alternative to meat-based chilies or as a spicy alternative to ordinary lentil soup.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 1 hour 15 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 4


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 lb. French lentils du Puy
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cans (14 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley


  • In a heavy soup pot, combine oil, onion, and garlic; sauté over medium-high heat 3 minutes.
  • Place lentils in strainer; rinse well. Pick out any bits of debris or discolored lentils. Add to pot along with 6 cups of broth. Reduce heat to medium; cook 30 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, chili powder, and cumin; continue cooking 30 minutes, or until lentils are tender and chili reaches desired consistency.
  • Season with salt and pepper; remove from heat. Garnish with parsley.