Diabetic Friendly Recipe – Lentil Chili

Another Fast, Easy, Tastey Diabetic Friendly Recipe

It’s also cheap and clean up is simple

Diabetic friendly recipe lentil chili

Lentil Chili

This a diabetic friendly recipe was a favorite last year and will be again now that the weather is getting cooler.  It’s also easy to make and cheap.  Clean up is easy, too, and that means a lot after a busy day.

Tasty, cheap and easy to make, easy to clean up, a combination hard to beat.

For recipes like this I use real chili powder.  By real I mean dried, ground peppers are the only ingredient.

Most of the powders available in supermarkets are a combination of ingredients, such as salt, garlic and onion powder and the usual pepper used is cayenne pepper.  That is not really a bad thing, but not the best thing, either

These powders lack the depth of flavor that a plain chili powder can offer.  The heat varies, from very mild to very hot and combining different powders develops some interesting, as in good, flavors.  You can get them on line from a number of places.  We get ours locally from the Lone Star Culinary & Spice Market.  These powders are also available online from Penzeys if you are not so fortunate to have a local provider.

Ain’t the internet grand?

This recipe comes courtesy of Whole Foods and seems to be crowd favorite there.


  • 8 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, divided
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 teaspoons salt-free chili powder
  • 1 package (16 ounces) brown lentils (about 2 1/4 cups lentils)
  • 2 cans (15 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro


Bring 3/4 cup broth to a simmer in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic and cook about 8 minutes or until onion is translucent and pepper is tender. Stir in chili powder and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add lentils, tomatoes and remaining 7 1/4 cups broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, 30 minutes or until lentils are almost tender. Uncover and cook 10 minutes longer. Stir in cilantro and serve.

We like to serve this diabetic friendly recipe over brown rice.  Some other options to add are lime slices, shredded cheddar or monterrey jack or sour cream.


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Diabetic Friendly Recipe – Lentil Chili was last modified: November 27th, 2012 by Dave LeBlanc
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