Super Easy Lentil Chili


I could eat this chili every day!!
I have had quite a few people over for a meal and see their face drop when they hear we’re eating lentils for dinner… and then they try a bite, and that is all it takes! Pretty soon everyone has had seconds, and the pot is empty. One friend said, “I hate lentils, but for some reason, I always eat them at your house.”
Yeah, because Lentil Chili is the bomb!
It will work with regular dry lentils or sprouted.
Click here to learn how to sprout lentils!


  • 3 cups Lentils uncooked, brown
  • 4 cups Broth any type
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 Onion Chopped
  • 1 cup Salsa any type
  • 1 Tablespoon Sea Salt coarse
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder (Or 1-2 fresh cloves)


  • Put lentils in a large sauce pot, pour in broth and water, making sure to cover lentils (Add more water as needed). Bring to a boil and then turn down to medium heat and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until lentils are soft.


My favorite way to eat this is with a dollop of sour cream and organic corn chips.


About Rachel Jones

Hi there! I’m Rachel Jones, and I founded Nourishing Minimalism in 2012 at the beginning of my minimalist journey. If you're looking for encouragement in your journey, I created a FREE Facebook Group - feel free to join me there: Nourishing Minimalism Facebook Group and I share videos each week on YouTube


  1. Kimberly @ Turning the Pages on 03/02/2013 at 12:58 am

    OOh this looks great! I think I have some neglected lentils sitting in my cupboard begging to be eaten up and I think I just found out how to use them! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Anonymous on 04/06/2013 at 1:43 pm

    Don’t you mean a teaspoon of salt?

    • Rachel on 04/06/2013 at 7:21 pm

      No, I add close to a tablespoon. If you are uncertain, feel free to try a teaspoon first and taste it.

      I also use a coarse sea salt.

  3. Anonymous on 11/04/2013 at 7:22 am

    What is bone broth and how do I make it?

  4. alicia on 08/20/2014 at 4:51 pm

    So do you start with lentils that are already cooked and then simmer them? Seems like you would start win raw lentils but it’s not clear to me.

    • Rachel on 08/20/2014 at 5:46 pm

      I just rewrote the recipe Alicia, hope it makes sense now. (So, yes, start with uncooked lentils)

  5. Beth on 11/04/2014 at 2:23 pm

    I’m curious what kind of salsa you use in this recipe.

    • Rachel on 11/04/2014 at 2:34 pm

      I use whatever I have on hand, I’ve used homemade, organic salsa from costco and even picante sauce. 🙂

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