Easy bean and black lentil chili packed with tons of plant-based protein and fiber! A satisfying meatless meal that’s vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free.
Simple, healthy vegan chili loaded with beans and black lentils! This meal is packed with protein and fiber – an awesome combination that helps keep us both full and energized. Not only are these tiny black beluga lentils adorable, but I love how they hold their shape while cooking (unlike other lentil varieties that can become a bit mushy). Their dense texture adds such a hearty feel to this dish and makes it a great “meat” replacement. They’re not as common as other lentils so if you can’t find them, no worries, simply replace with green/brown lentils!
This chili is great served as is, over baked potatoes, or mixed with brown rice or quinoa. I usually make a batch of rice or quinoa for the week to keep in the fridge and love stirring them in chili and soups. And I know avocado on toast has been all the rage lately (I get it, I love it too)… but avocado on chili? Be still my heart. So, so good.
If you’re looking for even more tasty, plant-based chili inspiration:
Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili
Hearty Vegan Chili (30 Minute)
Smoky Chipotle Black Bean Quinoa Chili
Summer Vegetable Chili
Beluga Lentil Chili
- 1 onion
- 3-4 cloves garlic
- 15 oz. can diced tomatoes (or fire-roasted)
- 15 oz. can tomato sauce
- 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
- 15 oz. can kidney beans
- 15 oz. can black beans
- 1 cup black beluga lentils (uncooked)
- 2 1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. cumin
- Salt to taste
- Avocado, green onion, cilantro, hot sauce, tortilla strips, dairy-free cheese or sour cream, etc.
- Dice onion.
- In a stockpot over medium-high heat, saute onion for about 8-10 minutes. (I use 3 Tbsp. water/broth for no-oil saute method, adding more as needed.)
- Meanwhile, mince garlic.
- When onion is translucent, add chili powder, cumin, and garlic. Stir and saute 1-2 minutes.
- Add vegetable broth, diced tomatoes with juice, and tomato sauce.
- Rinse and drain both beans and lentils. Add to pot.
- Increase heat and bring to a light boil. Then reduce heat to med-low, cover, and simmer for about 25-30 minutes or until lentils are tender.
- Salt to taste and serve with any desired toppings.
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Enjoying this Vegan Lentil Chili? Feel free to also check out the full “Vegan Soup” recipe archives on the site for more cozy plant based inspiration!
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