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This deliciously easy vegan lentil chili is sure to impress! With stove-top, pressure cooker, and slow cooker versions all in this post, you can whip it up any way you choose with minimal effort. Whoo!

Vegan Lentil Chili

This deliciously easy vegan lentil chili is sure to impress! With stove-top, pressure cooker, and slow cooker versions all in this post, you can whip it up any way you choose with minimal effort.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Lentil Chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 321 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

  • 2 cups yellow onion diced
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 large green bell pepper diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper diced
  • 2 jalapeños plus extra to garnish
  • 2-4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup corn frozen or fresh
  • 15 oz can spicy chili beans with sauce
  • 1 cup black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 TBSP chili powder
  • 1 TBSP cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika plus extra to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups veggie broth
  • 1 cup dried red lentils
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes

EXTRAS:

  • diced jalapenos or cayenne pepper for a kick
  • veggie broth or tomato sauce to adjust thickness if desired
  • all the tasty toppings your heart desires!

TOPPING INSPIRATION:

  • sliced or diced jalapeños
  • chopped red onion
  • fresh pico de gallo or salsa
  • sliced avocado
  • fresh cilantro
  • sour cream or greek yogurt if vegetarian/t-rex
  • shredded cheddar cheese if vegetarian/t-rex
  • crushed tortilla chips
  • corn chips
  • corn bread crumbles
  • and so much more...

Instructions

  1. Below are the electric pressure cooker instructions. For stove top or slow cooker instructions, see blog post below.
  2. First chop your veggies and measure out the ingredients.
  3. Switch your pressure cooker to the saute funtion and saute 1 TBSP oil with onion for 3-5 minutes, until edges are golden and browned.
  4. Then add garlic, peppers, and corn, and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes to soften slightly.
  5. Add lentils, veggie broth, chili beans, black beans and spices.
  6. Set to high pressure for 15 minutes and allow to come to pressure.
  7. Allow a natural pressure release.
  8. Lastly, stir in crushed tomatoes and adjust broth/tomato/seasoning to taste, adding more of what you prefer to get your ideal thickness and flavor punch.
  9. I added the crushed tomatoes at the end to avoid overstuffing my pressure cooker and score a quicker cook time as well. Since my crushed tomatoes were canned (LOVE muir glen's organic tomato basil) they took zero time to heat up once swirled into my piping hot pot-o-chili. Sweet!
  10. If you want to dive in sooner, feel free to manually release the pressure on your Instant Pot by flipping the little lever from seal to vent. Worst case scenario, if your chili needs a little extra time you can seal it back up and give the veggies extra time to soften. Pressure cookers are pretty forgiving like that!
  11. Add all your favorite toppings and dive in!

Recipe Notes

Feel free to adjust the consistency of the chili to your liking. As written it's perfectly thick and full of delicious texture, but can be thinned with a little broth or tomato sauce if desired! If you add a lot of extra liquid, consider amping up the spices a smidge to compensate. You can also make this as mild or as spicy as you'd like. As written it is pretty mild, then the jalapeños I added on top of one bowl really amped up the heat!

A Note on Salt and Pepper :: I leave salting the dish to the end to prevent over-seasoning. Depending on the brand and type of broth, tomatoes, and beans that you use, the sodium content will vary. I used low sodium broth, regular organic canned tomatoes, and didn't salt my chili.

Pressure cooker recipes always leave out the details so here's a breakdown of what you can expect time-wise: About 13 minutes to come to pressure plus 15 minutes cook time and 15 or so to release pressure. You won't need to be anywhere near your kitchen for this all to partake, the Instant Pot will handle it all and switch to warm once it's done. So fabulous right?

Nutrition facts below are an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. Add your favorite toppings and adjust as needed.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Lentil Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 321 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Sodium 993mg43%
Potassium 1149mg33%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 18g75%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 1980IU40%
Vitamin C 62.5mg76%
Calcium 108mg11%
Iron 6.6mg37%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.