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Wholesome Meatless Chili With Lentils

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The epitome of heartiness and warmth, this Wholesome Meatless Chili with Lentils is comfort food at its finest. Its subtle spice and meaty texture will keep you satisfied for hours!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Diet Vegan
Keyword Easy, Healthy, Lentil Chili, Meatless Chili, One-Pot
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings



Meatless Chili with Lentils

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes no salt added
  • 15.5 ounces black beans 15.5 oz usually = 1 can
  • 15 ounces white kennel corn canned or frozen
  • 1 cup lentils uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning

Optional Toppings

  • 1 raw scallion
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • ½ avocado
  • 2 slices jalapeno


  • Dice onions and cook in a large pot or Dutch oven with a lid in olive oil for about 5 minutes, just to release some of their juices.
    1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 large yellow onion
  • Add the vegetable broth, garlic, crushed tomatoes, black beans, corn, lentils, and chili seasoning. Mix well, cover, and simmer on low for about two hours, stirring occasionally.
    1 cup vegetable broth, 5 cloves garlic, 28 ounces crushed tomatoes, 15.5 ounces black beans, 15 ounces white kennel corn, 1 cup lentils, 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • Serve warm with toppings of choice.
    1 raw scallion, 1 handful cilantro, ½ avocado, 2 slices jalapeno


  • Try making your own seasoning. I even have a go-to chili and taco seasoning recipe for you. It's simple and let's face it—nothing is better than fresh and homemade!
  • You can leave it for more than two hours to simmer, just make sure you are stirring so it doesn't stick to the bottom. The longer the flavors have to meld together the better.
  • However, you may need to add more veggie broth if the chili starts to get dry. Just check it and stir it every 30-45 minutes or so.
  • Find more delicious meat-free recipes in this collection of my best meatless meals!