Crockpot lentil chili is packed with flavor and easy to make. A hearty yet healthy vegan chili made with a few simple ingredients. BBQ spices, sauce, onions, vegetables, and lentils. A quick slow cooker recipe, just dump and go. A fiber and protein rich meal that will feed plenty. Gluten-free and grain free.
So a few things you should know about today.
One, I am horrible at time management. Even after almost 8 years a blog and I still take forever to write a post and have so much to say yet little time to say it. I am not gifted in that area. Lentil Chili, yes, that I have time for. It’s one of those throw in a pot and go dishes. SWEEEET!
Two, I do like to think that I am gifted with thriftiness and resourcefulness. You know this. Well at least I hope you do now.
I like to stretch ingredients so that they can be used in more than one away. Gluten-free ingredients that are affordable and can be thrown together to make a hearty meal. Hearty and healthy and simple. Yeah I like those three words. You’ll see where I’m going with this later, when I show you how to make this crockpot lentil chili with just a bag of lentils, veggies, and BBQ flavors. OK and few more ingredients, but I promise there are only a few. And it’s really all the crockpot’s job to flavor. And again, totally hearty healthy and simple. Just like me. Ha ha kidding kidding.
And three, since I’ve been blogging for so long I’ve been trying to go back and revamp old recipes, Just to make sure they are actually legit. Whatever you do don’t search for hodgepodge brownies or bread on my site. I think it’s from 2010. It’s embarrassing. But hey, that’s where I started.
HOW TO MAKE CROCK POT BBQ LENTIL CHILI (1 Minute Video)
This easy peasy barbecue slow cooker recipe for lentil chili is another chili recipe favorite. This recipe is actually an older vegan one pot lentil chili that needed a face lift. And it totally got got it! It’s way better now, in my humble opinion. Why? Because it’s made in a crockpot, and therefore it’s 10 times easier. You’re welcome. Same deliciousness, same thick texture, gluten free and vegan, and just plain tasty. Yeah I know, it might not look so pretty as say… that Thai cauliflower rice salad, but it has that “back yard BBQ party in your mouth flavor.” Well at least now it does. Thank you Jesus!!
I could go on and on and tell you about how this lentil chili came about.
The stories behind it probably from, gosh, 9 years ago. Back when we were first married and this Texas girl was learning how to use the crockpot. Or how are used to make batches of this when my New Zealander of a husband was training for Iron Man Triathlons 24-7. That was like feeding a family of 5. This lentil chili was made religiously to fuel him. We put it on rice, tacos, and just about every power bowl recipe. Carbs, protein, and a love for lentils .
But back to my point. This lentil chili has some serious lineage. It must be shared, despite my lack of time management skills. Really, l I swear I’ll get together soon. As soon as there’s a blog apocalypse.
OK OK, it’s Friday I still haven’t even unpacked half our stuff. I can’t even find half our stuff. And I’m surrounded by boxes.
Bust out the crock pot and let’s love on some BBQ lentils. Well, you know what i mean.
Enjoy the lentil chili recipe!Print
A hearty yet healthy BBQ Vegan lentil chili made with a few simple ingredients. Gluten-free and Grain Free.
- 16 oz bag of lentils (I used red lentils, but any will work. Green lentils cook more al dente)
- 3–4 cups Vegetable broth (3 cups for thicker chili)
- 2/3 cup diced onion – red or white
- 1 –2 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 c to 2/3 cup diced tomatoes or canned tomatoes (drained)
- optional – 2-4 tbsp spicy BBQ sauce mixed in
- 1/2 cup of diced bell peppers (plus extra for topping)
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- Your favorite barbecue rub or seasoning or chili seasoning mix. About 2-3 tsp (if it has high salt content, reduce amount you use or taste first.
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp ground mustard
- optional 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- sea salt/black pepper to taste
- Plant Protein Option– BBQ tempeh, tofu, Veggie burgers. These options might not be gluten free though so read labels.
- Toppings of choice – Cilantro, roasted pumpkin seed, red chili flakes nutritional yeast. See notes for more.
- Pour the lentils in a strainer and rinse thoroughly. Next, place the rinsed lentils in your Crock pot or slow cooker. Add 1½ to 2 times as much broth as lentils, anywhere between 3-4 cups.
- Add in your onion, oil, tomato, BBQ sauce, chopped peppers, and garlic. Mix all together, then add your molasses and all the seasonings, except for salt and pepper.
- Cook on high for three to four hours (on low for around 5 hours). Check halfway through cooking and mix. Taste halfway and add more seasoning if needed. Add salt and pepper the last 10 to 15 minutes of cooking.
- If you are using green/black lentils, they will probably take closer to 4 hrs and hold their shape. I found that cooking the red lentils on high 3.5 hours made them soft enough. Red/orange lentils don’t hold their shape as well as the green/black. Which makes them great for thick chili/stew. If chili is too thick at halfway point, you can add more broth.
- Once cooked, serve and garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds, cilantro, more chopped bell pepper, red pepper flakes, and optional nutritional yeast. I like to add a little bit of plain coconut cream on top in place of real sour cream.
- Keeps well in the fridge for up to 5-7 days.
- If you are not vegan, feel free to add in sausage or other meat.
- Vegans can up their protein by adding in tofu or tempeh last 30-45 minutes of cooking
- Category: chili/soup
- Method: slow cooker
- Cuisine: american
- Calories: 285
- Sugar: 5
- Sodium: 100 mg
- Fat: 2 g
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 50 g
- Fiber: 9 g
- Protein: 18 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: crock pot, lentil, chili, vegan chili, gluten free chili, bbq, healthy recipe,
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Now if only I could remember where I put the wine glasses. LOL! Dixie cups to the rescue.
Um… I have officially declared January the Chili Month. So in case you missed it, here’s last weeks paleo chili and I have another “chili spiced” recipe coming Monday. I hope you like Chili. 😉
Last Crock Pot recipe you mad? Gimme gimme!
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