This is one of Joe Bonanno's most popular firehouse dishes. Choose a chili powder that suits your taste for heat. Leave the pot uncovered during simmering to allow excess water to evaporate and the chili to thicken.


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  • In a large soup pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, green and red peppers, carrot, jalapeno pepper, and garlic. Cook until the vegetables soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in 7 cups water, lentils, tomato paste, kidney beans, and pinto beans. Stir to blend, adding stewed tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, and crushed red-pepper flakes.

  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until lentils are tender, about 45 minutes. If the chili starts to dry out, add hot water as needed. Season with salt and pepper, and serve immediately.

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72 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 28
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  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 7
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This recipe is terrific - full of flavour and very "meaty" tasting (thanks to the lentils, I think) and satisfied our whole family. Great for those trying to eat less meat, but don't want to compromise on taste!
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Martha says to leave the pot UNCOVERED during simmering, but the recipe says to COVER it. Confusing. I wasn't particularly impressed with this recipe. The lentils took longer than 45 minutes to cook, maybe because the tomatoes were added at the same as the lentils. Don't acidic ingredients like tomatoes prevent legumes from softening? If I were to make again, I'd make it spicier (leave in jalapeno seeds and/or use more cayenne, increase the garlic, and use only half the amount of lentils.
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I made this last night and this is another easy recipe and very flavorful. I added black beans when I made it. This was a big hit.
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Delicious-- great flavors, and the lentils make this a really hearty vegetarian option. Super easy to put together and the flavors really come together after simmering for about an hour. I'll definitely be making this again!
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i think this may be a great idea for a cold winter day, because ti is a very warm meal.