We love lentils. They really are a lifesaver when you want something really good and hearty – but you still want to stay to your commitment to being healthy.
I was tentative about the whole lentils thing initially – but wow – if you have any sort of international market, especially one that specializes in Indian food, you can stock up for cheap. A big bag of lentils was about $3. Onion soup mix is about $.50. Can of tomatoes is about $1.25.
And we like the delicious and cheap combo.
So here we go – Easy Crock Pot Chili Lentils!
2 cups of lentils (rinsed and with the bad ones picked out)
1 pack onion soup mix
1 1/2 TBSP chili powder
1/2 hot shot pepper blend (this is a red and black blend. You need this in your life. Trust me. We found it at Walmart)
2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
2 tsp chia seeds
1 lg can of diced tomato
This couldn’t be easier. Put the lentils in a crock pot and cover with water. Add in the onion soup mix. Put the lid on and let it cook on low for a couple of hours. If the lentils soak up all the water, add in some more. After 2 or so hours, add in all of the other spices, stir. Put the lid back on and cook for 2 hours more.
If the lentils soak up all the water, add in some more. Next, add in the can of tomatoes and the juice. Stir. if the lentils soak up all the water – you guessed it! – add in more water. Put the top back on and cook for another hour.
Done. One of my crock pots cooks this faster than the others. But if you cook with crock pots a lot, you should know to just keep that in mind. Also, if you kick this up to high for an hour or two, you fast forward your dinner.
Easy. On low, I do plan on 5 or 6 hours when I make this yummy dinner.
We love eating this with saltines, corn chips, garlic bread…just depends what we have around (and if I’ve been to the grocery store!) Saving money can taste pretty good, eh?
This one is so good…but be just know…If you haven’t eaten veggie in a while, the lentils may strike back a bit. Keep in mind just how high fiber of a meal this is. Don’t say you didn’t get a warning on this one!