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Sweet Potato and Lentil Chili (vegan)

A winning chili for both vegetarians and omnivores that is sure to be a hit at your next potluck or family meal!

Sweet Potato and Lentil Chili (vegan) - A winning chili for both vegetarians and omnivores that is sure to be a hit at your next potluck!

I have a bad case of the Mondays. It’s bad enough coming back from a weekend but losing an hour of sleep? Ugh. Let’s just say it’ll be a glorious day when we get that hour back in November.

Sweet Potato and Lentil Chili (vegan) - A winning chili for both vegetarians and omnivores that is sure to be a hit at your next potluck!

Anyway, I have a very special recipe for you today.

Drumroll please…

It’s my first official vegan recipe for Damn Delicious!

Sweet Potato and Lentil Chili (vegan) - A winning chili for both vegetarians and omnivores that is sure to be a hit at your next potluck!

See, I try to eat healthy most of the time (except for when Jason’s in town – then cheeseburgers, fries, and artery-clogging goodness is all fair game) and I’m even somewhat of a vegetarian when Jason is away at school. But trying out vegan recipes is always a bit of a struggle because abstaining from dairy and egg products is almost impossible!

Sweet Potato and Lentil Chili (vegan) - A winning chili for both vegetarians and omnivores that is sure to be a hit at your next potluck!

But this chili here? Yeah, it makes veganism seem completely doable (note: the Greek yogurt and cheese is merely for garnish/photographic purposes). I tried out this recipe for Naturebox and to be honest, I was a bit skeptical about it in the beginning. I’m not the biggest lentils fan – I’ve actually only had it once before at a restaurant and I wasn’t completely in love with it – and I’ve never had meatless chili either but I decided to stick with the recipe as is and boy am I glad I did.

Sweet Potato and Lentil Chili (vegan) - A winning chili for both vegetarians and omnivores that is sure to be a hit at your next potluck!

Within the first bite of this chili, I was in heaven. The sweet potatoes and lentils are incredibly filling, and you have every guarantee that you won’t be missing the meat. Plus, with a side of cornbread, you’ll be sure to be asking for seconds!

Sweet Potato and Lentil Chili (vegan) - A winning chili for both vegetarians and omnivores that is sure to be a hit at your next potluck!

Sweet Potato and Lentil Chili (vegan)

A winning chili for both vegetarians and omnivores that is sure to be a hit at your next potluck or family meal!

15 minutes45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 3 sweet potatoes, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilis
  • 2 cups steamed lentils
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium high heat. Add onion and bell peppers, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-5 minutes. Add sweet potatoes and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes begin to soften, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, lentils, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until thickened, about 30 minutes.
  3. Serve immediately.

Notes:

Adapted from NatureBox

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34 comments

  1. Would that be about 4cups chopped potatoes?

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I absolutely LOVE this chilli. My daughter – who does not much like sweet potatoes – also loves it. Quick and easy to make, I start cooking the green lentils (I use dried) while cutting up the onions/peppers/sweet potato so it isn’t a chore at all. I can’t recommend it enough! One of the few recipes that I do not alter . . . well I do add a tsp of coriander and turmeric. Delicious it is x

  3. Planning to make this to dinner tonight, but what are the crackers you have sprinkled on top?

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    Easy, healthy, tasty, and cheap — what more could you want?
    I actually used dry lentils (a combo of brown and red, since I had them on hand and needed to use them up), and it turned out great. I did end up adding a third cup of veggie broth.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Wow, made this last night and it was amazing. Flavorful, filling, and spicy. Thank you for sharing!

  6. great recipe!!

    i would like to try it at home..

  7. This is SO MANY ingredients, but it looks so good that I think I’ll have to just go out and get all of them and make it sometime this week.

  8. I just made this for the first time. I cut out the bell peppers, as I’m not a fan, and added some mushrooms, which I had an abundance of. I haven’t tasted it yet but it smells great.

  9. Thanks for this recipe! I have vegan friends coming over tonight for dinner, and I’m very excited about this recipe! I had a taste while it was simmering, and the sweet potatoes are delish. I subbed black beans for lentils (had them on-hand), and used smoked paprika in place of the regular. Yumm-o!

  10. This chili is SO GOOD! I was in a pinch and really wanted to try this, so I subbed 1 cup Trader Joe’s split red lentils and an extra cup of liquid. I topped mine with Avocado, vegan sour cream and cilantro for the full experience! We will surely be making this again and again! Thanks!

  11. I blended ¾ of the finished product in the Vitamix then re-incorporated it back into the pot.

    The kids didn’t even know the bulk of the meal was sweet potato!

    It was damn-delicious!

  12. Help! How do you steam lentils?

  13. I cooked the recipe exactly as printed and it was delicious! I sent it to my ex and the only thing he changed was using chicken broth instead of vegetable broth and he liked it, too – which is amazing because he doesn’t like anything without MEAT! 😉 Thanks so much – this is a wonderful recipe!

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  15. Hello from Australia! I have some cooking now, I have used one cup of dried lentils, and mix of butternut and jap pumpkin instead of sweet potatoe. I didn’t have any paprika…so I have swapped all spices for 2 tbls of Cajun spice mix 🙂 Smells GORGEOUS! WIll be serving with natural yoghurt and fresh coriander xx

  16. This may be the stupidest question ever, but does steamed = boiled?

    I’m wondering if adding the lentils already cooked and cooking them again for an extra 30 minutes won’t turn them into mush?

    Thanks!

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  18. Our family really loved this recipe! I have three little ones that hate sweet potatoes. They ate all of thier chili and asked for seconds!! (We didn’t add cayenne pepper because it was to hot for my kids.) Thank you so much for this recipe!

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  20. Just curious.. What color lentils did you use? I’ve found there are slight taste differences between brown & red (the only two I’ve ever used).

  21. Cam this be used as a freezer to crock pot meal? Just curious as I am trying to stock my freezer before my little girl makes her appearance.

  22. Can’t wait to try this tonight! Can the lentils be added uncooked…

    • I would advise against adding the uncooked lentils as it may soak up more of the liquid and completely change the texture of the dish.

    • I did! I added only 1 cup of uncooked lentils (makes 2 cups once cooked) and added an extra cup of vegetable broth (total of 3 cups) since they will soak up more liquid. So good!!

  23. Is the measurement for the lentils before or after they are steamed?

    • Bercie, the ingredients indicate “2 cups steamed lentils” – this refers to 2 cups lentils after they are steamed. Hope that helps!