Saturday, April 16, 2011

Cheatin' Game Day Veggie Chile!

I call this cheatin' chile because the Madras Lentils from Costco make it almost taste like meaty chile and help it come together very quickly. If you don't have them it'll still be good, but if you can get them, YUM. 2 onions
5 peppers, 2 green, 2 red, 1 yellow or orange
4 cloves garlic, minced

1 box of costco madras lentils

(4 10-oz packages) 2 28oz cans diced tomatoes
1 28 oz can pinto beans
3 T chile powder
1 T oregano
1 T garlic powder
2 t smoked paprika
1 t salt or to taste
1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce
If you don't like spice, omit this!

Olive oil

In the bottom of a large soup pot or dutch oven pour olive oil to coat the bottom, and heat olive oil over medium high. Add chile powder, oregano, garlic powder, smoked paprika and stir around in the oil to make a paste. Add onions & garlic and cook 3 minutes. Add peppers and cook 3 more minutes. Dump in the entire box (4 10-oz packets) of Madras Lentils from Costco. Stir around well. Salt to taste. Add entire can of beans and bean liquid, then the two cans of tomatoes and the chipotle chile all chopped up. Simmer on medium high for about ten minutes, then lower heat and simmer 15-20 minutes more.

Better even the second day :) If you want a meaty version, cook 1 1/2 lbs hamburger or turkey burger first then cook veggies, and add the rest.

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