Easy-Sneezy Chili

Carol » September 19, 2009 » In Recipes » 3 Comments

The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a star.


Easier Than Pie

Chili And Cornbread

I discovered this unbelievably easy chili recipe years ago; it’s been a family favorite ever since. If you haven’t tried lentils in your chili yet, you’re in for a nice surprise.

Ingredients:  (Serves 6, or more)

  • 6 cups water (I pre-boil mine in my Zojirushi water boiler)
  • 1 1/2 cups dried lentils (or 9 oz.)
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cups frozen corn, thawed under warm water
  • 2 cans stewed tomatoes, or petite-dice (approximately 16 oz. each)
  • 1 6-oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 packet taco seasoning mix (1 1/4 oz.)
  • Sugar, 1 teaspoon– or more to cut acidity of tomatoes
  • Hot sauce, salt and pepper, to taste (add salt after lentils are cooked)
  • Optional: cayenne pepper to taste; start with just a little


Toss everything into a large pot or Dutch oven. Bring chili to boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cover, and let cook for one hour–stirring every 15 minutes to prevent burning. (I keep my Polder timer around my neck, set to “beep” every 15 minutes. so I can leave the kitchen and do other things.)

In The PotAdded Tomatoes and Tomato PasteAdded Hot Water And Stirred

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I told you this was easy! And it makes a lot. Maybe you’ll have enough to freeze for planned-overs.

The cornbread is a vegan recipe I just tried from, “The Joy Of Vegan Baking” by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. Tom says it’s his “favorite”. “Exceptionally good cornbread!” he said.  I agree. It’s very corn-y, rich-tasting and crunchy (thanks to the main ingredient, polenta).  He had his with a touch of Earth Balance non-dairy spread. And I didn’t.

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3 Comments on "Easy-Sneezy Chili"

  1. admin
    19/09/2009 at 5:14 pm Permalink

    Looks like another keeper!!

  2. admin
    27/02/2011 at 6:16 pm Permalink

    This reminds me of a trick that my dad used to mellow chili, he stirred in a little chocolate.

  3. admin
    27/02/2011 at 6:25 pm Permalink

    Interesting, Murva. Like a little unsweetened cocoa?…

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