This Easy Vegan Pumpkin Red Lentil Chili is JUST 8 ingredients, oil-free and delicious over a baked sweet potato! Smoky, hearty, filling, high in protein and full of flavor.
This Easy Vegan Pumpkin Red Lentil Chili is the perfect chili to eat on it's own, or my favorite way, over a baked sweet potato! This recipe comes together in about 30 minutes and is made with 8 easy ingredients, is smoky, hearty, filling, high in protein, oil-free and a spicy kick!
I love making chili, particularly vegan chili. There are so many different ways to make it and since it's pumpkin season, pumpkin chili is the perfect idea. Don't worry though, this doesn't taste like pumpkin pie. In fact, you don't even taste the pumpkin. The pumpkin is only there for thickening and texture purposes. This recipe is actually inspired by and is a variation of my popular Pumpkin Chipotle Chili. I decided to try out lentils (instead of beans) with a couple of slight variations and it's a completely different feel of a recipe!
HOW TO MAKE EASY VEGAN PUMPKIN CHILI
This Vegan Pumpkin Red Lentil Chili is full of smoky flavor, packed with protein and is so easy to make. You only need 8 easy ingredients and 1 pot!
- red lentils (not green!)
- chipotle peppers in adobe sauce
- chili powder
- ground coriander
- fire-roasted tomatoes
- STEP 1: First, you will add your chopped onion and garlic to the pot and cook until tender.
- STEP 2: Add the pureed fire-roasted tomatoes, spices, chipotle peppers, pumpkin and water to the pot. Stir well and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover, lower the heat and simmer 20 minutes or so until the lentils are as tender as you like and the chili gets nice and thick. It should not be watery.
It should look like this....
You can serve the chili just like this in a bowl with your favorite toppings. OR, the most delicious way in my opinion, is over a baked sweet potato. I created it this way to be served over potatoes, which is why the chili is so thick. A standard bowl of chili has more liquid and is meant to be eaten on it's own. That's how we do it in Texas. But this recipe, obviously, is totally different.
Top your chili with my Lemon Cream Sauce and some fresh green onions and red pepper flakes if you wish and you are in heaven! The chili has a lovely kick from the chipotle peppers and chili powder, but it's not overly spicy, so the spicy green onion and pepper flakes on top make for a very pleasing kick of a bite. Not recommend for the kiddos though, haha. Enjoy! You are gonna be stuffed!
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