Once upon a time I decided I should buy 25 lbs of lentils. Why not? It was only $17 and they are so very good for you. Months on months later I have about 23 lbs left. Let’s just say lentils are not our family’s favorite food (but they are so frugal, filling, and healthy!).
I really like them in this Spinach Dahl but as my husband does not like curry OR lentils, it is a no go for him.
I was on the look out for a recipe I could make from our lentils that we thoroughly enjoyed. When tomatillos were on sale at the store I knew what I would try– I figured the tomatillos would bring in some additional flavor which is needed with a vegetarian chili. It was one of the best chili’s I have ever had! All of the flavors in it made it very special. Even my husband said it was good! That’s pretty impressive for lentils. I am already thinking I want to make it again. That is INCREDIBLY impressive for lentils.
Break out those lentils– make a smashing chili– and STEEEEERETCH that food budget.
- 1 cup green lentils (preferably soaked for 24 hours and strained)
- 2 cups unsalted broth, unsalted stock, or water
- 1-2 tablespoons butter or heat stable oil
- 2 large red onions, chopped
- ¼ teaspoon all spice
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 pinch cloves
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 tablespoon onion powder (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon chipotle
- 8 medium tomatillos, chopped into ½ inch cubes
- 2 cans diced tomatoes
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1½ teaspoons of salt
- Put the lentils and water or stock in a medium size pot. Bring to a boil and boil for 2-3 minutes. Cover and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 10-20 minutes until tender (depends if they are soaked or not).
- Meanwhile, heat the butter or oil in a 6 quart stock pot over medium heat. Add the chopped red onions and spices. Cook the onions for 3-4 minutes until they begin to soften. Add the tomatillos and garlic. Cook until the tomatillos are soft, have a tiny bit of color to them, and start to release their juices. Add the tomatoes and salt.
- If you have time let it simmer for a while to let the flavors mingle. Stir in the lentils shortly before stirring so they do not turn to mush.