Lentil & Bean Chili (Vegan + GF)

Quite like a lot of my recipes this one has been adapted from one I used to make with meat. I used to make this with ground turkey and eventually I tried it with quinoa but I was never crazy about this chili with quinoa. It’s a good boost of protein but I just never liked it in the chili.

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Then enter lentils and I was like now we are in business. It’s no secret that I love lentils and that I often use them as a protein source where I used to use meat. I can’t help it. They are so versatile and work well in so many dishes. They are low in calorie, full of fiber, loaded with minerals and b-vitamins, and all of this with basically no fat. Lentils, how I love thee.

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Like I said I’ve been making this chili the same way for years just with different subs for protein sources. This time however my mom tasted it for the first time in a long time and told me that I should enter a vegan chili cook off. Is that a thing? Should I find one? I told her she’s had this chili before and never said that but she was convinced that this is the best batch of chili I have ever made.

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I couldn’t figure out what she could possibly be tasting that was so different but then I remembered what happened when I was making this chili because I’m really dumb. My cornstarch and baking powder are in identical containers but one is green and one is white. I was paying the least amount of attention to what I was doing so I grabbed the baking powder instead of cornstarch.

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I made the slurry and thought it was weird that it fizzed when cornstarch doesn’t do that but it didn’t stop me. I poured the slurry into the pot and then it dawned on me what I had done. I was kicking myself for being so dumb.

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I scooped out as much as I could off the top since I didn’t stir it in thank god and I absolutely hate wasting food so I was not about to chuck the whole pot out cause I’m an idiot.

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So as I was thinking what I had done different I realized that was the only thing. There was some leftover baking powder in there and I thought maybe I discovered the weirdest chili secret ingredient ever. I wouldn’t actually recommend adding any to your chili because I don’t actually think it’s a good secret ingredient I think my mom just hadn’t had my chili in a really long time. I just thought I’d share the story with you so you know how dumb I am.

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If you do try this or any other recipe, let me know! Leave a comment and don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #modernlittlevictories on Instagram! I’d love to hear what you think and see what you create in your kitchen.

4.5 from 2 reviews
Lentil & Bean Chili (Vegan + GF)
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Vegan, GF
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ small onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 small bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • ½ tbsp cumin
  • ½ tbsp oregano
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 28oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 1 15oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed well
  • ½ cup lentils
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • Optional for topping – sliced jalapeno, diced scallions, shredded cheese, sour cream, & saltine crackers
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a medium/large pot. Add in diced onion, jalapeno, and bell pepper. Cook until soft and onion is translucent.
  2. Add in minced garlic and cook for a couple of minutes. Toss in chili powder, cumin, and oregano.
  3. Cook in the heat for about a minute.
  4. Pour in water, tomatoes, and lentils. Bring to a boil and let cook for about 15 minutes.
  5. Add in beans and reduce chili to a simmer. Let simmer for about 15 minutes.
  6. Remove ½ cup liquid and pour into a small bowl with cornstarch. Whisk together to make a slurry. Pour back into the chili. Let thicken for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve and top with whatever garnishes you like.
Notes
You can omit cheese and sour cream if you’re vegan or you can just use vegan substitutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. Oh wow I can’t wait to try this and hey, stop knocking yourself so much- we all do stupid stuff sometimes and so what?? You’re awesome!

    1. You are so sweet! Thank you 😉 I actually made this for lunch today and had no mishaps this time. I even joked that at least this time I won’t have to dump any out! Hope you enjoy it!

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