Friday, February 10, 2012

Lentil Chili

I used to be afraid of lentils.  They looked complicated, and way too "healthy" for me to cook with.

 I was wrong.  There is nothing complicated about this recipe, and it's perfect for a busy day. 

It can be made on the stove or in a crockpot, but if you use the crockpot make sure that yours will bring food to a simmer.

1 onion diced

1 pound of ground beef or turkey

10 cups water

2 cups dry lentils

2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

2 cups salsa ( I sometimes eliminate this if I'm serving it to someone who doesn't care for extra "heat")

2 quarts tomato juice

Brown beef or turkey with chopped onion.  Add lentils and water.  Simmer for 1 1/2 hours.  Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer 15 minutes more.  Serve with crackers. 

This is a very large recipe!  It makes two meals for our family, but it is excellent the second day.


  1. heeyyy I love lentils also I have to buy last night I wanted soaked someones but I havent Esperanza love in salads and with son we like how this (lol) I posted today again yesterday I was really tired I cant finish!

  2. Gloria, I should try them in a salad. Do you just soak them, or do you have to cook them?

  3. Dear Rebecca I soake all legumbes, and lentils too, sometimes are so smooth and others not so I soaked and cook now at night I soaked some chick peas (love the soup) and I cook them while Im here (lol)

    How was your dinner?

  4. Did you want I search the salad we make and send you dear?

  5. Gloria, I would like that recipe if it's not too hard for you to find.

    We are having company tonight--I hope it goes well. :)

  6. Yes I have I send you by mail when I find(lol)
    I think you had visits yesterday so you have today!

  7. Gloria, yes, we have been having company every Friday night. Guess what! It's snowing here. :)

  8. Relax you have 4 kids (lol) I remember when the lids were so small and I have visits finally they sleeping in the couchs ha,ha, and once time was a Pere (priest ) and he said gloria the kids dont have to go to sleep?? (I think he was born with the twins ha) and I said not yest pere!! ha,

  9. what nice, love snowing take pictures please dear if you can!

  10. at evening I go find the lentils dear!!

  11. This looks delish! It's snowing REbecca! We're supposed to get 2 inches by this evening. Lentil Chili would be perfect!

    Never found the flax seed but did get the sesame. I'm just going to make it without. :) The granola, that is. :)

  12. Betsy, It's been snowing here all day. I'm so happy. :) Snow makes me feel like working. :)

    It won't make a bit of difference if you don't have the flax seed. This recipe is very flexible. I put in more almonds than it called for too.

  13. Haven't made this for awhile. We have this with cornbread and my meat and potatoes man loves it. Thanks for the reminder.


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