Slow Cooker Lentil Chili

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 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

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

4 from 4 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes


  • 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. 1. Place all ingredients in a slow cooker. Stir well to combine.
  2. 2. Cover and cook on High for 4 hours or low for 6 hours. Serve warm.
  3. Note-we use a 6 quart slow cooker. This chili freezes well. Top with your favorite chili toppings, if desired. Some people have commented that their lentils didn't cook in the slow cooker, we haven't had this problem, but you might want to cook them before adding them into the slow cooker to be safe.

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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..

  4. 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!!

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

  6. 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!

  7. I mixed this up in my crockpot at 7 a.m. and when I got home at 6 p.m. the lentils still hadn’t cooked completely. That was 8 hours on low and then 3 more hours on the warm setting so I’m not sure why they didn’t get cooked through. I was a bit bummed by that, but the wonderful flavor totally made up for it. I think when I make it again maybe I will just cook the lentils on the stovetop and add them toward the end? I don’t know…? But I definitely will try it again. Even my husband loved it and he usually shuns meatless recipes.

    1. It was probably the tomatoes (and maybe the jalapeno).  Beans and acidic ingredients do not play well together…… least before the beans get soft.  The trick is to make sure the lentils (and other beans if you’re cooking them from scratch) are completely soft before you add any tomato product or other acidic ingredient.

  8. We made this earlier in the week when it was snowing and it was a hit! Made a few minor tweaks based on what we had on hand – chicken broth in lieu of vegetable broth, habanero hot sauce in lieu of jalapenos, and red lentils in lieu of brown. Delicious! It filled our slow cooker to the rim and made plenty for us to eat throughout the week. Plus, the beans and lentils really fill you up. Even our 21-month-old couldn’t get enough of it. Thanks for sharing! A great healthy, comfort food recipe.

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