Sunday, January 3, 2010

Spicy Red Lentil Chili

A Wegmans recipe modified to suit my taste.... You can add a tablespoon of hot sauce to make it spicier... I just made this and some home made wheat bread today on a cold snowy day for my family who are all under the weather! I added lots of extra garlic! :)
1-2 cups Red Lentils
2-3 cups water
2 Grapeseed oil
1/2 an onion, peeled, 1/4-inch dice
4 stalks celery, 1/4-inch dice
3-4 carrots, chopped
2 Tbsp Fresh Garlic, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, 1/2-inch dice
2-3 cups Organic Vegetable or Chicken broth
1/8 tsp turmeric
1/8 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp chili powder
1/4 cup finely diced sweet green pepper- optional
1 tbsp MSG-free tobasco sauce- optional

Melt oil in stockpot on MEDIUM-LOW. Add onions; cook, stirring, about 2 min, until soft but not browned. Add celery, carrots and garlic; cook, stirring, 5 min, until soft but not browned. Add tomato; cook 5 min.
Add 2 cups broth, 2 cups water, turmeric, cumin, cayenne pepper, sea salt, black pepper, and chili powder. Bring to simmer.
Add lentils. Cook about 30 min, until lentils are tender, or simmer all day :)
Add more broth or water as needed.
I serve it as is, but the original recipe has you blend it in a food processor or blender. You can do either- both are good, I just prefer chunkier soups and I am just plain lazy when it comes to washing extra dishes!
Calories: 140
Nutrition Info: Each serving (1 cup) contains 140 calories, 22 g carbohydrate, (5 g fiber), 7 g protein, 4 g fat, (3 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, and 410 mg sodium.


  1. Dana, this is one of my favorite recipes...of course it is from Wegmans!

  2. Yes! It's delish. I make mine slightly different though. I love Wegmans :)