Beef and Lentil Chili Recipe

Beef and Lentil Chili Recipe
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Beef and Lentil Chili Recipe

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Lentils were one of the crops on my Dad's farm when we were growing up, and they're the best-kept secret in this delicious chili recipe. This dish is great for a large family meal and also freezes well. Everyone who asks for this recipe is amazed at how simple it is. —Cindy Agee, Lewiston, Idaho
MAKES:
8 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES:
8 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) stewed tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 ounce semisweet chocolate
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 2 cups water

Directions

In a Dutch oven, cook ground beef and onion, crumbling meat, over medium-high heat until beef is no longer pink, 6-8 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Add next five ingredients; bring to a boil. Add lentils and water. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until lentils are soft, about 1 hour, stirring often. Add water if mixture seems too dry. Yield: 2-1/2 quarts.
Test Kitchen Tips
  • Serve this on top of Indian Tacos, or with fresh onions, grated cheese and a dollop of sour cream. If you want a little more heat, add some cayenne powder
  • Originally published as Beef and Lentil Chili in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2018

    Nutritional Facts

    1-1/4 cups: 367 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 655mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 6g fiber), 29g protein.

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    • 2 pounds ground beef
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) stewed tomatoes, chopped
    • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
    • 3 tablespoons chili powder
    • 1 ounce semisweet chocolate
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
    • 2 cups water
    1. In a Dutch oven, cook ground beef and onion, crumbling meat, over medium-high heat until beef is no longer pink, 6-8 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Add next five ingredients; bring to a boil. Add lentils and water. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until lentils are soft, about 1 hour, stirring often. Add water if mixture seems too dry. Yield: 2-1/2 quarts.
    Test Kitchen Tips
  • Serve this on top of Indian Tacos, or with fresh onions, grated cheese and a dollop of sour cream. If you want a little more heat, add some cayenne powder
  • Originally published as Beef and Lentil Chili in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2018

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