italian sausage lentil chili

italian sausage lentil chili

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Hey, don’t think that this Italian Sausage Lentil Chili is just for chilly night like in Fall and Winter. No, this is a chili that you can eat year round! It’s not only full of flavor and interesting textures, but it’s using the beautiful French lentil that cooks so much more quickly than the regular and larger legume.

Now I have intentionally written this recipe to use a heavy pot, preferably a Dutch Oven pot, because I just think you get a better overall finished result than in an InstaPot or slow cooker. While those appliances are great for many recipes, this lentil chili needs the loving care and little bit of time on the stove top in a Dutch Oven pot.

And, if you don’t have a Dutch Oven pot, you can use another heavy deep pot. I’ve highlighted some of my favorite Dutch Ovens after this recipe. I think it’s a fabulous addition to your kitchen if you don’t have one.

If you’re looking for an easy version of Kung Pao Chicken, then I’ve got it for you. Just sayin’! oxox ~ally

italian sausage lentil chili

italian sausage lentil chili

Yield: 6 maybe 7 if you use small bowls!

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup bacon drippings
  • 1 cup sweet onions, diced
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage, mild, ground, or crumble into pieces
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 (1.25 oz.) chili seasoning mix
  • 2 cups dry lentils
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz.) tomatoes, diced
  • 32 oz. vegetable broth
  • 1 ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 1 ½ tsp. white pepper
  • 1 cup green peppers, diced

Instructions

  • In a heavy pot (medium to large size) over medium heat, add the bacon drippings and onions. Sauté about 3-5 minutes. Add the sausage and brown breaking into crumbles. Add the cumin and chili mix and blend well.
  • Add the lentils, diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, salt and pepper and blend. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and cook for 45 to 60 minutes stirring occasionally. Turn heat to simmer and let the chili ‘rest’ for about 15 minutes or until ready to serve. Serve with diced green peppers on top.
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