Lentil Chili
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 15 minutes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
This bowl of lentils is super comforting and super tasty!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 1 - lb(s) ground beef
  • 1 - Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 - tsp garlic powder
  • 1 - 15 oz. can(s) tomato sauce
  • 1 - lb(s) dry green lentils
  • 3 - cup(s) beef broth
  • 2 - Tbsp chili powder
  • - Salt and pepper
  • Garnish: - sour cream**
  • Garnish: - shredded cheese**
  • Side: - salad**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. In a large saucepan, brown the ground beef with the minced onion and garlic powder. Drain and return to saucepan.
  2. Stir in the tomato sauce, dry lentils, beef broth and chili powder. Bring to bubbling, reduce heat and cover.
  3. Let cook for 20 minutes, or until lentils have softened. Stir through 2-3 times while lentils are cooking. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Prepare the salad.
  5. Serve Lentil Chili with sour cream and shredded cheese garnish, and salad.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Brown 2 lbs. ground beef, 2 Tbsp minced onion and 2 tsp garlic powder. Drain and let cool.

To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie, add the following ingredients:

  • Half of the cooled browned ground beef
  • 1 - 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 lb. dry lentils
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • Salt and pepper

Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before transferring to a saucepan and cooking over medium heat, or until lentils are cooked through.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Omit the cheese and sour cream garnishes for dairy-free meal.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Recipe is gluten-free when served with gluten-free sides.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Lentil Chili

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw and reheat in saucepan over medium heat for 20 minutes, or until lentils are cooked through.
Serve with sour cream and shredded cheese garnish, and salad.