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Slow Cooker Lentil and Carrot Chili
with lemon-garlic yogurt

Active: 25 min Total: 7 hr 25 min
This simple chili can be made in the slow cooker or a Dutch oven (and we provide directions for both). Regardless of your chosen cooking method, you'll love the chili flavors with the tenderness of sweet carrots.
Smarts: We definitely recommend soaking the lentils. They'll cook up a lot more tender in the slow cooker.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Slow Cooker Lentil and Carrot Chili:
  • French or green lentils, dried - 1 cup
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, minced
  • Onions - 1, diced
  • Carrots - 1 lb, diced
  • Cooking oil - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Crushed tomatoes - 1 1/2 cups
  • Cumin - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Paprika - 1 tsp
  • Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Vegetable broth - 2 cups
  • Avocados, large - 1, cubed
  • Tortilla chips (opt) - for serving with chili
Lemon-Garlic Yogurt (for 2 nights):
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, minced
  • Greek yogurt, plain - 1 1/2 cups
  • Lemons - 1, juice of
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp

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Prep

  1. Lentils - Soak overnight in water.
  2. Garlic (for yogurt and chili) / Onions / Carrots - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

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Make

  1. If slow cooking, heat up a skillet or saute pan over medium-high heat (if not slow cooking, heat up a Dutch oven). Add cooking oil and then garlic and onions with a dash of salt to heated oil. Saute until softened, ~3 minutes.
  2. Fold in lentils and saute for another minute.
  3. If slow cooking, transfer to slow cooker. Add in crushed tomatoes, cumin, paprika, chili powder, salt, vegetable broth, and carrots and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours. (If not slow cooking, add all those ingredients into the Dutch oven, cover, and bring to a boil. Then simmer uncovered for ~20 minutes.)
  4. While chili is cooking, make lemon-garlic yogurt. Mix yogurt with minced garlic, lemon juice, and salt (this makes enough for Wednesday’s dinner).
  5. Cube avocado.
  6. Once chili is done, season to taste with salt, pepper, any more of the spices, or dig into your condiments. Portion into bowls and let everyone top with avocado and yogurt. Scoop with tortilla chips if using. Remember to save half of the yogurt for Wednesday!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (235)
Gluten-free (21)
Paleo (33)
Vegetarian (25)

137 reviews

My kids love it! Doubled the amount of Chili Powder.

By: Tom
Posted: Feb 24, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

So good!! We added black beans based on reviews. Great flavors, especially with the avocado and yogurt!

By: Christopher
Posted: Nov 22, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I probably doubled the spices and we had some red lentils so I tossed those in as well. Nice, hearty dinner.

By: Jessica
Posted: Mar 09, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Definitely will make again. This was so good, and the yogurt sauce surprisingly pulled it all together.

By: April
Posted: Nov 12, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I made this for a chili cook off and I won the people's choice award!!! I did some slight variations though. I did ground chicken and added a can of whole kernel corn and a can each of red chili beans and red kidney beans.

By: Jessie
Posted: Nov 08, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was tasty-great! Good for the budget and for the taste buds. We are trying to better manage our carbs around here so I skipped the potatoes and chips, and love that I can see just how much that will shave off the recipe stats, but added more Olive oil & 1 cup of black beans (I need beans in my chili). Thank you CookSmarts!

By: Heather
Posted: Nov 01, 2015
Diet: Gluten-free
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