You only need one pot to make this sweet potato lentil chili and you can easily customize it with whatever veggies you have in your fridge. It has two flavor-loaded ingredients that you’d never expect to find in chili! Vegan.
I make soup quite a bit during the year. Why?
Because soup is delicious!
As well as being easy to prepare, it’s really good for the budget. All of the ingredients for this chili only cost around $15, that’s only $2.50 per serving. That’s great for two nights worth of meals for two people! Or you could look at it like you’re feeding a family of four for only $15!
Travis always says it’s too hot for soup during the summer but I make it anyway, I’m the one cooking! I make this sweet potato lentil soup throughout the year, but we especially love a big bowl of chili when it’s cold outside. I serve this cheddar onion bread with the soup for dipping. I may have eaten more cheese bread than soup, it’s seriously addicting.
Don’t you love one pot meals like this chili and this red pepper pasta? They’re just so darn easy, and clean-up is quick!
Sweet Potato Lentil Chili
What’s great about chili is that you can customize it with whatever ingredients you have in your pantry and use up leftover odds and ends in the fridge. I used up leftover tomato paste and a tiny chunk of red onion that we were using for our sandwiches during the week.
I used sweet potatoes but you could use regular potatoes, or if you don’t have black beans, use great northern beans or pinto beans instead. The same goes for lentils, any color or type will do!
Sweet Potato Lentil Chili is Perfect for Meatless Monday
You may have noticed that there’s no meat in this chili. Honestly, it doesn’t need it. The lentils are substituted for the meat– they are loaded with protein, affordable, and have a beef-like flavor. Give this sweet potato lentil chili a try and see if you really miss the meat– we don’t!
If you want something else instead of lentils that resembles ground beef, you could add crumbled up chili-seasoned tofu.
What Toppings Should You Use?
Toppings are a must! Green onion, avocado slices, and cilantro are my all-time favorite chili toppings, but you can add anything you want!
- Green onion
- Avocado slices
- Sour cream
- Jalapeno slices
- Shredded lettuce
- Tortilla strips (or crumbled chips)
- Hot sauce
Chili isn’t loaded until you pile on the toppings! What are your favorite toppings?
What Are the Secret Ingredients?
Worcestershire sauce and balsamic vinegar are the two secret ingredients! They give the sweet potato lentil chili a delicious tangy depth of flavor that we love!
I hope you enjoy this sweet potato lentil chili as much as we do!
You only need one pot to make this sweet potato lentil chili and you can easily customize it with whatever veggies you have in your fridge. Vegan.
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 14 oz cans diced tomatoes with the juice
- 1 Tbsp hot sauce
- 1 Tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 medium sweet potatoes (cut into small chunks)
- 1 1/2 cups uncooked green lentils, rinsed and drained
- 2 14 oz cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 14 oz cans black beans, rinsed and drained
- 6 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups water
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
In a 5-quart dutch oven pot, saute diced onion in olive oil for 5-8 minutes. Add chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic, cayenne pepper, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste. Stir and let the flavors meld for 2 minutes.
Add the hot sauce, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, sweet potato chunks, lentils, beans, vegetable broth, and water to the pot (the sweet potatoes should be almost submerged).
Bring the chili to a low simmer and then reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover the pot and let it cook for 20 minutes or until the sweet potatoes and lentils are tender.
Add the cooked lentils to the chili and season with salt and pepper. Serve each bowl with lots of toppings, enjoy!
- If you want to cook the lentils separately from the chili, don't add the 2 cups of water to the chili.
What are your favorite toppings for chili? Let me know in the comments!
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