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Vegetarian Lentil Chili (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)

Vegetarian Lentil Chili (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker) – loaded with veggies and flavor, this tasty lentil chili can be made in the IP or slow cooker!

This is truly and dump it and forget it kind of meal.  Made in the Instant Pot or slow cooker, it couldn’t be any easier to enjoy a big bowl of lentil chili, loaded with veggies, black beans, and spices.  Perfect for a cool autumn day!

I feel like lentils are a neglected member of the legume family.  They make rare appearances in recipes, but when they do, I am usually in love.  Especially in soup and chili.  Technically lentils are a starch, but they are also a great source of protein and fiber, making them a healthier choice.  This recipe highlights yummy lentils, along with black beans, veggies, and my homemade chili seasoning blend.  This chili comes together quick, ready in under 30 minutes in the Instant Pot, and perfect for busy nights.

This recipe uses such simple ingredients, all of which are probably in your frig or pantry at any given time. But jazzing it up would be nice too; additional veggies or spice could be added or swapped customizing to your own tastes.  Zucchini and jalapenos would be excellent additions.  Feel free to load up on the veggies, it’s a great way to sneak them into your diet!  

If you like this recipe, you’ll also love these other quick Instant Pot family favorites – Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Taco Soup and Instant Pot Healing Chicken Soup.

Vegetarian Lentil Chili (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker) - loaded with veggies and flavor, this lentil chili can be made in the IP or slow cooker! | tastythin.com

 

Vegetarian Lentil Chili (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker) - loaded with veggies and flavor, this lentil chili can be made in the IP or slow cooker! | tastythin.com

 

Vegetarian Lentil Chili (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker) - loaded with veggies and flavor, this lentil chili can be made in the IP or slow cooker! | tastythin.com

Vegetarian Lentil Chili (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)

Vegetarian Lentil Chili (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker) - loaded with veggies and flavor, this lentil chili can be made in the IP or slow cooker! 
4.5 from 2 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 231kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large bell pepper (any color), chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 14 oz. can low sodium black beans
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 3 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons homemade chili seasoning see below
  • 1 1/2 cups dried lentils
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to the instant pot.  Stir well.  Seal lid and use manual setting for 15 minutes.  When cycle is complete, all for natural release or perform quick release.  Season to taste with salt, pepper, and additional chili seasoning.  Serve with your favorite toppings such as cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips, jalapenos, chopped onions, etc.

For the Slow Cooker

  • Add all ingredients to the slow cooker.  Stir well.  Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.  Season to taste with salt, pepper, and additional chili seasoning.  Serve with your favorite toppings.
Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 676mg | Potassium: 840mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3210IU | Vitamin C: 36.3mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 5mg

Notes

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Tara
    December 10, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    This turned out great! I didn’t have a bell pepper, nor crushed tomatoes, just a giant can of diced. Threw some quinoa in to make up for the extra liquid. Also added a dash of paprika and cinnamon and a bit of cocoa powder. Husband didn’t miss the meat, and even my picky two year old loved it.

    • Reply
      Nikki
      December 10, 2018 at 9:37 pm

      Awesome! Thanks so much, Tara!

  • Reply
    Annette
    December 12, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    getting ready to make this… adding frozen butternut squash! Question…What does this mean: “When cycle is complete, all for natural release or perform quick release.” I don’t want mush for lentils, but don’t like them under cooked, either.

    Thanks~

    • Reply
      Nikki
      December 12, 2018 at 4:25 pm

      Hi Annette, you can release the pressure valve right away or wait for the pressure to release naturally. Natural release will probably take 10-15 minutes, but don’t let it go much longer to avoid mushy lentils 😉

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    Annette
    December 12, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    thank you so much for your quick (and timely) response… 4 minutes left to cook 😉

    Annette~

  • Reply
    Sherry Payton
    December 14, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    4 stars
    My family of four really enjoyed this dish, we added our favorite chili toppings and I made sliders to go with it! We give it a 4 out of 5😉
    And it looked like the picture, I also had enough leftover for lunch later that week😆

    • Reply
      Nikki
      December 16, 2018 at 11:48 pm

      Sherry, thanks so much! Glad to hear your family enjoyed it!

  • Reply
    Joy
    December 20, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    If you use dry black beans instead of the canned, how much longer would you cook them for?

    • Reply
      Nikki
      December 20, 2018 at 5:19 pm

      I would probably cook the beans separately first. I think the rest of the soup and lentils would get mushy in the time it would take to cook the beans.

  • Reply
    Amber
    January 17, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Should I drain and rinse the black beans?

  • Reply
    Amber
    January 17, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Also, the manual setting can be high pressure or low pressure… which one should we use? This is my first recipe using my insta pot or I may already have a feel for what it should be. Thanks.

    • Reply
      Nikki
      January 18, 2019 at 11:41 am

      Hey Amber, I would use High pressure and yes, rinse and drain the beans. Hope you enjoy it!!

  • Reply
    Kay
    January 25, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Plan on making this recipe very soon, it looks and sounds delicious! I see that the chili makes 8 servings – how much would you say is a serving? A cup of the chili, half cup, etc?

    • Reply
      Nikki
      January 26, 2019 at 5:15 pm

      One serving is about 1-1 1/4 cup of the chili. Hope you enjoy!

  • Reply
    Crystal
    July 6, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    Should I soak the lentils before making this recipe?

    • Reply
      Nikki
      July 8, 2019 at 11:11 am

      Hi there! Feel free to give them a rinse, but soaking is not necessary. They will cook completely in the pot.

      • Reply
        Crystal
        July 17, 2019 at 7:06 pm

        5 stars
        Just made this. Yum! I added a tiny bit of guacamole, and sour cream to my bowl. Thank you so much for this recipe. Will add this to my recipe rotation.

        • Reply
          Nikki
          July 18, 2019 at 11:54 am

          Thank you for taking the time to leave such a kind rating and review, Crystal! Glad you enjoyed the recipe 🙂

  • Reply
    Abigail Olker
    August 26, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Could I double this in my 6qt instant pot?

    • Reply
      Nikki
      August 26, 2019 at 10:06 pm

      I think so, but it will be a tight fit! 🙂

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