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Spicy Lentil Chili

Delicious Vegan Recipe

Serves 4+

Lentil Chili Packed full of fresh garden vegetables and hearty lentils, this warm, savory dish is perfect for giving your family and friends a pot of something wonderful and healthful to gather around. The recipe below includes a list of specific vegetables and spices, but feel free to add others, substitute and use your favorites to make your signature lentil chili dish.

Spicy Lentil Chili Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of lentils (any variety)
  • 6 cups of vegetable broth
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped (any color)
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 yellow squash, chopped
  • 2 zucchini, chopped
  • 2 cups of chopped mushrooms (either button, shitake, Portobello or combination)
  • ½ chipotle in adobo, chopped
  • 5 small plum tomatoes (peeled, seeded and chopped)
  • 2 cups of fresh spinach or kale
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or wine vinegar)
  • 4 tbsp of tomato paste (or to desired thickness)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Sautee fresh vegetables over medium heat (except for spinach or kale) in a small amount of grape seed or light olive oil until vegetables are slightly soft. Add vegetable broth and increase heat to medium high. Bring to a low boil and add lentils and all other ingredients (except the spinach or kale). Simmer the chili for 20 – 45 minutes, then add spinach or kale and mix well just before serving. If using kale instead of spinach, you may cook for another 5 – 10 minutes to soften a little if desired.


You may serve with an addition of hot sauce, maple syrup and/or grated cheese such as Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Colby, etc.


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