Chili Remix – How to “spice it up” with Lentils

Lentil Chili

Sometimes, an old classic, needs just a little bit of a redo. How can you make Chili new? Is it the beans or the meat or even the spices? In this case, this recipe was refreshed with a simple ingredient that helped to give it not only protein, but depth of flavor and a delicious density to an otherwise sometimes soupy recipe. Keep reading how you can add Green Lentil to refresh the simplest of Chili recipes.

bag of green lentils on stovetop for Chili recipe

Disclosure
Published November 7, 2022
Monica is a participant in the Amazon Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn commission incomes by advertising and linking to Monica’s Scratch Kitchen Blog.
This page might contain affiliate links. In the event of a sale, I will be awarded a small commission (at no extra cost for you). Affiliate programs and affiliations include, but are not limited to, the eBay Partner Network, and Amazon.
Copyright: All content and photos on Monica’s Scratch Kitchen are copyright protected. Please do not use them without written permission. Thank you.

Cost breakdown for this recipe

Soup season is better than salad season. Just when it starts to get cold out, frosty in the morning, I love to start making soups. The cost to make this Lentil Chili is not high, especially with the amount of soup you get from it. Keep reading for the cost breakdown on how to make this Lentil Chili.

Can great northern, kidney, dark red kidney, cannellini $0.79 each
Tomato sauce $0.49 X2
1 onion $0.20
Fire roasted tomato can $1.09
1 tsp Cumin $0.09
1 Tbsp Chili Powder OR 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper $0.21
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes $0.06
Onion Powder 1 tsp $0.06
1 tsp Garlic Powder $0.05
2 pounds ground beef $9.34
*These prices are all from our local ALDI.

The total cost to make 6-Quarts of Lentil Chili was only $15.24.
Ground beef has been varying in prices in the last year to two years. In 2019, a 2-pound package was $7-$8. That same 2-pound package in summer of 2022 was $11, and this past week it was $9.34. I cannot begin to express frustrations as prices of foods fluctuate SO much, and not being able to fully get a grip on what our food prices will be on a weekly basis.

ingredients for lentil Chili on stovetop

Getting our dinner costs below $20 a day helps keep our budget under control. To do this, Tyler and I took Financial Peace University back in 2018. This class not only helped us to get out of debt, but also to learn how to budget.

As of spring 2021, we were officially debt free (except the mortgage).
For example, we have no credit cards, student loans, car payments, medical bills or other debt.
One day, I will go back through our finances, and find out exactly how much debt we actually paid off. However, looking back to our workbook, we had $29,447.99 in total non-mortgage debt.
But in or marriage? Oy, that will be a number that will be truly staggering to find.

FPU debt page

It was truly the most life-altering thing for us, to finally be out from underneath that crushing pressure.
If you want to learn about how, you too, can gain financial freedom, then check out Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University by clicking the link below.

Recipe

Ingredients

2 pounds ground beef
16-oz can tomato sauce
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
Onion, diced
4 cans of beans: great northern, kidney, dark red kidney, cannellini
1 tsp Cumin
1 Tbsp Chili Powder OR 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Garlic Powder
Salt and pepper to taste

all of the ingredients for lentil Chili

Directions

1. In a large pot on the stove, place 2-pounds ground beef that has been sprayed with non-stick spray and cook until browned.

2. On a cutting board, dice an onion and then place the onions into the pot with the cooking ground beef. The onions will then cook with the beef and become tender.

3. Once the beef is fully cooked, drain the grease and then return the pot back to the stove.
Matthew came to help stir dinner! It was just hard to not have a blurry picture of him, as he HATES having his picture taken.

Matthew stirring cooking ground beef in pot

4. To the cooked ground beef, add the Cumin, red pepper flakes, Chili powder, garlic powder and onion powders, salt and pepper, then stir well with a spatula.

5. Open the cans and then drain and rinse the beans using a sink colander.
6. Place the beans into the pot with the cooked beef and seasonings and then mix well. Matthew was such a good helper in making this Lentil Chili tonight.

canned beans rinsed and added to cooked ground beef

7. Open the can of tomato sauce and fire roasted tomatoes and then add them to the pot.

8. Open a bag of lentils and pour them into a sink colander and rinse well. Then place the rinsed lentils into the pot and stir well.

9. Add 8-12 cups of water and then stir, then bring the Lentil Chili to a simmer cooking for 1-2 hours.

When done, serve with Greek yogurt, shredded cheese and enjoy!
~Monica

Lentil Chili Recipe

Ingredients for Lentil Chili

2 pounds ground beef
16-oz can tomato sauce
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
1 onion, diced
4 cans of beans: great northern, kidney, dark red kidney, cannellini
1 tsp Cumin
1 Tbsp Chili Powder OR 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Garlic Powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions for Lentil Chili

1. In a large pot on the stove, place 2-pounds ground beef and cook until browned.
2. On a cutting board, dice an onion and then place the onions into the pot with the cooking ground beef. The onions will then cook with the beef and become tender.
3. Once the beef is fully cooked, drain the grease and then return the pot back to the stove.
4. To the cooked ground beef, add the Cumin, red pepper flakes, Chili powder, garlic powder and onion powders, salt and pepper, then stir well with a spatula.
5. Open the cans and then drain and rinse the beans using a sink colander.
6. Place the beans into the pot with the cooked beef and seasonings and then mix well.
7. Open the can of tomato sauce and fire roasted tomatoes and then add them to the pot.
8. Open a bag of lentils, pour them into a sink colander and then rinse them well. Then place the rinsed lentils into the pot and stir well.
9. Add 8-12 cups of water and then stir, then bring the Lentil Chili to a simmer cooking for 1-2 hours.
When done, serve with Greek yogurt, shredded cheese and enjoy!
~Monica

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: