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Slow Cooker Lentil Chili

 Slow Cooker Lentil Chili-this healthy chili will warm you up and fill you up! 

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We had a lazy weekend. I’ve been sick and Josh is still hobbling around on crutches. He tore his MCL skiing a few weeks ago and is still recovering. Neither of us wanted to cook, but we both knew we needed to eat. We asked Caleb to make dinner and he actually offered to make us quesadillas. We were tempted to let him go for it, but a 2 year old and a gas stove is probably not a good idea.

Josh has been on a slow cooker kick lately and suggested we make Slow Cooker Lentil Chili. It sounded good to me and I was happy to let our crockpot do the work.

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Josh and I worked together to create our Slow Cooker Lentil Chili Recipe. It only took us about 10 minutes to get everything ready for our slow cooker.

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We added the ingredients to the slow cooker, gave it a good stir, and walked away. We let our slow cooker cook us dinner while we laid on the couch. Not a bad deal!

When our chili was ready, we filled our bowls and ate dinner while we watched football. The chili hit the spot! The lentils were a nice change from our standard chili recipes. This chili is vegan and gluten-free, but even meat lovers will go back for a second bowl. Josh did:)

You can top your lentil chili with your favorite chili toppings. I highly recommend avocado slices. They made my bowl of chili extra tasty!

The next time you are feeling lazy, but still want a hearty and healthy meal, make our Slow Cooker Lentil Chili. This recipe serves a crowd, but if you don’t have a crowd to feed you can freeze the leftovers. I put our leftovers in the freezer for the next time we are feeling lazy. I am sure we will reheating lentil chili soon. Lazy or not, I am already craving another bowl of lentil chili!

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Slow Cooker Lentil Chili

Yield: Serves 8-10

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4-6 hours

This Slow Cooker Lentil Chili is vegan and gluten-free, but meat lovers will enjoy it too! Top with your favorite chili toppings!


1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeño, diced, seeds removed
1 red pepper, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce
2 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 (16 oz) bag brown lentils, rinsed
2 (15 oz) cans small red beans, rinsed and drained
2-3 tablespoons chili powder (we used 3 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon cumin
Salt and black pepper, to taste


1. Place all ingredients in a slow cooker. Stir well to combine.

2. Cover and cook on High for 4 hours or low for 6 hours. Serve warm.

Note-we use a 6 quart slow cooker. This chili freezes well. Top with your favorite chili toppings, if desired.

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94 Responses to “Slow Cooker Lentil Chili”

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  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — January 13, 2014 @ 7:03 am

    I randomly just had a desire to buy lentils the other day and now they are sitting on my counter wondering what their fate is. I had no idea how to answer that question.
    Until now.
    This looks so good! Thanks for the recipe! I would have never have thought of making lentil chili!

  2. What a beautiful recipe! I can only imagine how delicious your chili must be! Perfect for a cold winters night!

  3. Marie @ Little Kitchie — January 13, 2014 @ 7:14 am

    Love this idea! Looks so perfect for a cozy night!

  4. Christy at Food Therapy — January 13, 2014 @ 7:54 am

    Excellent idea! I’m going to have to try this out this week. Thanks!

  5. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 13, 2014 @ 8:13 am

    I could totally eat lentils with every meal!

  6. Bakeaholic — January 13, 2014 @ 8:21 am

    I have a chili cook-off I’m attending this Thursday for my cooking club group. I’m rounding up a few different chili recipes to help me decide which one to make. I’ll put this in the running! I like the addition of the lentils. Sounds healthy and delicious.

  7. Selma — January 13, 2014 @ 8:29 am

    Great recipe, I am drooling looking at the pictures. Would you also share the cornbread recipe as well, that looks awesome too. I will try both..

  8. Cookbook Queen — January 13, 2014 @ 8:36 am

    Slow cooker meals are my FAVORITE!! And that Caleb is a cutie. He can cook me a sandwich any day :) Get better, Josh!!

  9. Erica — January 13, 2014 @ 8:40 am

    I often wish Kaylin could make dinner too ;). Hope you both are feeling better today! This looks totally delicious though. Something about bean/lentil dishes that are just so amazing. I might make Josh’s turkey chili this weekend!!

  10. Kevin @ Closet Cooking — January 13, 2014 @ 9:06 am

    Nice vegan chili! Perfect for cold winter days!

  11. Jenny Flake — January 13, 2014 @ 9:14 am

    I could eat chili all week long in the winter, Love this one!!

  12. Sandy @ ReluctantEntertainer — January 13, 2014 @ 9:55 am

    This would be fantastic for game day! I want to make several kinds of chili next time we host a party. Wish you could come!

  13. Naomi — January 13, 2014 @ 10:16 am

    Great idea with the lentil for chili! I can’t wait to try this!

  14. marla — January 13, 2014 @ 10:19 am

    Love this healthy, protein packed meal!

  15. Jennie @themessybakerblog — January 13, 2014 @ 10:49 am

    I really need to let my slow cooker do the work for me more often. This chili looks amazingly hearty. Feel better soon!

  16. Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — January 13, 2014 @ 11:01 am

    Hope you and Josh get healed up and recover soon. I’ve never had lentils, but this recipe makes me want to go out and get some!

  17. Julie @ Table for Two — January 13, 2014 @ 11:06 am

    This looks super hearty and full of flavor! Hope you and Josh get better soon!

  18. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} — January 13, 2014 @ 11:12 am

    This sounds like a wonderful combination. I love using lentils in different ways so I’ll have to try this. :)

  19. Gaby — January 13, 2014 @ 11:19 am

    Bummer about the knee! This chili is totally comforting though and right up my alley!

  20. Sommer @ASpicyPerspective — January 13, 2014 @ 11:39 am

    This recipe looks like an amazing healthy, hearty chili! I love lentils! Plus it is a slow-cooker recipe!

  21. I’m loving everything about the slow cooker lately! Fo’ sure adding this to the recipe rotation!

  22. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — January 13, 2014 @ 1:39 pm

    What an amazing recipe for the cold winter days! So delicious! 😀

  23. Kristi — January 13, 2014 @ 2:56 pm

    I’ve never tried lentils before, but it’s one of those things I want to try in the new year. This looks like a good recipe to give lentils a try.

  24. Sarah [My Full Home] — January 13, 2014 @ 5:32 pm

    Looks delicious! I make a recipe very similar to this I found on Whole Foods website.

  25. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — January 13, 2014 @ 8:11 pm

    I haven’t used my slow cooker nearly enough this winter–I definitely need to make this soon!

  26. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — January 13, 2014 @ 8:58 pm

    Love veggie slow cooker meals!

  27. Sandra ltb — January 13, 2014 @ 9:44 pm

    can not wait to try – had the vegetarian quinoa chili tonight and that was VERY good!
    Sandra ltb

  28. Kira - HealthAble Old Soul — January 13, 2014 @ 11:05 pm

    I love the lentil idea! My mom came home with two bags of lentils from the store so I am so excited to try this and my other lentil recipes! YUM!

  29. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — January 13, 2014 @ 11:24 pm

    I need more lentils in my life!

  30. Tieghan — January 13, 2014 @ 11:48 pm

    This is so my kind of chili. I love lentils and am personally so sick of the beef!

  31. Marian (Sweetopia) — January 14, 2014 @ 12:22 pm

    Perfect for the weather we’ve been having! Looks fantastic!

  32. Meagan — January 14, 2014 @ 8:32 pm

    This looks delicious!! I live alone so is there a way to cut it down to 4 servings? I can’t wait to make this :)

  33. I was just commenting to my husband tonight how much I love lentils. This might be a must make for the super bowl. Thanks!

  34. Heather Christo — January 15, 2014 @ 10:19 am

    I LOVE lentil soups. they are the very best, and I adore that this one is made in a slow cooker! great recipe!

  35. Tracy | Pale Yellow — January 15, 2014 @ 3:45 pm

    I adore lentils! This chili looks fantastic!

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  37. dina — January 20, 2014 @ 11:52 am

    this sounds like a delish vegetarian dinner!

  38. Karen — January 21, 2014 @ 1:31 pm

    I made this and for some reason, the lentils didn’t get soft enough even though I cooked it longer than stated. Any suggestions?

  39. Susan — January 23, 2014 @ 6:58 pm

    My lentils didn’t get soft enough either after 6 hours of cooking. I’ve turned my slow cooker back on & hope they get done before my guys get home for dinner!
    Otherwise, the taste is great! Spicy!

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