Meatless Lentil Chili (Chili de Lentejas)

There are many versions of chili and this Meatless Lentil Chili is hearty and healthy. This dish is satisfying, comforting, tasty, and full of vitamins. All that in just one bowl!

Buen provecho!



  • About 6-8 servings
  • 2 cups brown lentils
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped 
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 
2 dried chili de árbol
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 cups corn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh salsa to serve


  1. Place the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Place the chili de árbol in a small bowl with hot water and set aside.
  2. Add onion, scallion, bell pepper and garlic and cook about 8 minutes or until onion is translucent and pepper is tender.
  3. Add in chili powder and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add lentils, tomatoes, carrots, corn, tomato paste, sugar, cumin and broth. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, 30 minutes or until lentils are almost tender. Add cilantro and cook 10 minutes longer. Garnish with tortilla chips and fresh salsa.
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  1. says

    I just made and posted a lentil soup. I had chorizo in mine, but it would still be tasty without it. I love your lentil chili, it looks so satifying and good! Love your photos too!

  2. grace says

    lentils are just perfect for soups and chilis too! i love the corn in there–it offers a pop of color and flavor.

  3. Joanna says

    Hi Erica,
    I love all your dishes! My mother was also colombian and although i try to go and see my family twice a year, unfortunately I was only able to learn a few colombian dishes before she passed away so your site has been EXTREMELY helpful to recreate our dinners as well as a nice walk down memory lane. Entonces simplemente te quriea dar las garcias por tus recetas especialmente tus platos de letejas!!!

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