Three Sisters Lentil Chili

March10

Last night was our monthly young families’ night and I was stumped.  I’ve been travelling a lot lately and between trying to get caught up on my “real” work and tidying the house for guests, I didn’t have a lot of time for supper preparations.  Sister #3 came to my rescue with an enormous pot of what we call “Three Sisters Lentil Chili”.

She says that it is a snap to make but it actually tastes very complex-between the sweetness of the carrot, the tartness from the salsa, the slightly spicy taste of the chili powder.  The texture is varied too, between the variety of beans and lentils.

She has a very good friend who is vegan and this is the dish that she makes for her when her gf is visiting from Toronto.  We served it with a sprinkling of cheese but that is an after thought.  This is truly a vegan dish.

Here is the recipe:

Three Sisters Lentil Chili

2 tbsp + 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 medium carrots, diced
1 red pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic
1 19 oz can lentils, drained and rinsed
1 19 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 19 oz mixed beans (kidney, pinto and chick peas), drained & rinsed
1 28 oz can plum tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 cup medium salsa
2 tbsp + 1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 12 oz (340 g) package Yves Veggie Ground Round
  • Heat a large pot. Add the oil and onion. Sauté until the onion is translucent, approximately 3 minutes
  • Add the carrots, red pepper, and the garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes
  • Add the can of lentils, kidney beans, plum tomatoes, tomato paste, salsa, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and basil
  • Bring to the boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the carrots are tender
  • Add the package of Yves Veggie ground round and heat through.

Serves 8

I had roasted some leeks the day before and made this swirled bread.  Sister #3 also provided some left over corn bread.  If we had not been entertaining such little ones, I might have served the dish with taco chips too.  Those delicious but pesky chips can get caught in toddlers’ throats.

For dessert we had strawberries and bananas dipped in sour cream and brown sugar AND a surprize birthday cake: brown flour and carrot cake with a light and delicious cream cheese icing.  I was so busy trying to facilitate the kids getting their supper, that I forgot to get a picture of the beautiful cake!

Kath’s quote:  “Lentils are friendly—the Miss Congeniality of the bean world.”
-Laurie Colwin


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91 Comments to

“Three Sisters Lentil Chili”

  1. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 12:12 pm Steve Says:

    Sounds like an awesome supp, Kathryne! It’s great when someone comes to the rescue with the main course, lol! ove the story and photos, as usual.


  2. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 12:15 pm Kathryne Says:

    Thanks for your continued support Steve. Hope to see you soon.


  3. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 12:42 pm Victoria Says:

    Sorry I couldn’t participate but the week was crazy….looks like a great recipe.


  4. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 12:43 pm Laura Says:

    I’m definitely going to try this one. And the roasted leek bread. Looks fantastic!


  5. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 1:21 pm Kathryne Says:

    No worries V. Thanks for your ongoing support.


  6. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 1:22 pm Kathryne Says:

    Laur-you’ve always been my #1 fan (next to the sistas!)


  7. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 2:11 pm Christine Says:

    I’m a big fan of lentils. This looks like a WINNER! / C


  8. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 2:13 pm Gwen Gilmer Says:

    Isn’t family great! The best recipes come out of these crazy times. Your evening sounded divine… not to mention the great dinner. I would love to know how you made the bread. I have a 3-bean chili recipe I love to bring out as well so I can guarantee you that I will be trying this one.


  9. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 2:15 pm Orion Says:

    Wow – that was vegan? The texture and flavour were great! It had a very rugged style to it. I might have to rename it to Three Cowboys Chili. : )


  10. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 2:42 pm Marnie Says:

    Sounds wonderful – I will definitely try it!


  11. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 2:48 pm Kathryne Says:

    Thanks Christine-here’s hoping!


  12. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 2:49 pm Marla Bainbridge Says:

    Sounds YUMMY! I’ll bet our kids at Liberty School would love this. Maybe the next time you are on the island we will sign you up to make lunch one day. :)


  13. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 2:50 pm Carolyn Torhjelm Says:

    Love the sound of the lentil chili and the bread. Will definately try both recipes!


  14. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 2:51 pm Kathryne Says:

    Hey Gwen: roasted the leeks the day prior and the chopped them finely. Made a basic bread in my bread maker and added the leeks at the “add ingredients” signal. When the cycle was over, the leeks were mostly smushed up at the bottom of the canister so I removed the dough and rolled it to create the swirl effect. That is to say, improvising when things didn’t work out as I had planned.


  15. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 2:52 pm Kathryne Says:

    Sister #3 and I intentionally didn’t mention anything to see if anyone noticed that it wasn’t actually ground meat in it.


  16. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 2:53 pm Kathryne Says:

    Thanks Marnie. How are things? Missed you at the last Media Chicks get together.


  17. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 2:57 pm Kathryne Says:

    Thanks Carolyn. Hope to see you again very soon.


  18. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 2:58 pm Kathryne Says:

    You are on Marla! The kids that we served it to, loved it and it was so nutritious and good for them.


  19. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 3:07 pm Margaret Says:

    Can’t wait to make this recipe! Sounds absolutely delicious.


  20. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 3:16 pm Kathryne Says:

    Thanks Margaret. You already know that Sister #3 is an Ace in the kitchen-or even just with a knife, bowl and cutting board!


  21. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 4:25 pm MELINDA UPSHUR Says:

    Yumm

    Looking forward to trying fast, tasty, and healthy.


  22. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 4:26 pm MELINDA UPSHUR Says:

    Yumm

    I’ll try it and let you know.


  23. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 4:28 pm Kathryne Says:

    Thank you Lovie. You will love it-so, so easy.


  24. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 5:40 pm Jenny-Leigh Says:

    Wow, I bet Jer might even like this one!


  25. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 5:47 pm Kathryne Says:

    I bet he would too-perhaps not the kidney beans though, but you could delete or substitute.


  26. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 6:33 pm Doug Says:

    I’m a meat lover and I was fooled! It was delicious! Thanks Sis.


  27. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 7:23 pm Sue B Says:

    Sounds yummy Kath.


  28. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 9:07 pm Kathy Says:

    Looks so good and so easy for a non-cook like me. Love that Sista#3,


  29. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 9:23 pm Joy Says:

    Thanks Kathryne, good to see lentils & bean variety have their day!


  30. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 10:08 pm Kathryne Says:

    Thanks for stopping by Joy.


  31. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 10:09 pm Kathryne Says:

    Kath-this was originally Betty’s recipe. Did you know that?


  32. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 10:09 pm Kathryne Says:

    And a snap to make, Sue.


  33. Avatar March 10th, 2012 at 10:44 pm Dawn Says:

    sounds really delicious..I needed a good chilli recipe and I love the look of the swirl bread!


  34. Avatar March 11th, 2012 at 8:14 am Sheri K Says:

    HI Kath – This sounds easy enough for a non-chef person to prepare…. yep, that’s me! Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to try it. It sounds DELICIOUS!!!!! I’ll put this one in my list of new things to try.


  35. Avatar March 11th, 2012 at 8:32 am Kathryne Says:

    Thanks Dawn. Hope to see you again soon.


  36. Avatar March 11th, 2012 at 8:33 am Kathryne Says:

    Sheri-it is delicious. Because, as you already know, Sister #3 is a mighty fine cook.


  37. Avatar March 11th, 2012 at 9:19 am Sarah Zaharia Says:

    It’s a rainy day in Austin today and this meal would hit the spot! Thanks for the inspiration Kathryn. Looking forward to trying it out.


  38. Avatar March 11th, 2012 at 11:07 am Sally Says:

    Sounds delicious., will give it a try on my kids…..they love chili !


  39. Avatar March 11th, 2012 at 1:14 pm Lynne Says:

    I look forward to making this; nice to have those herbs together and all the veggies — where would we be without lentils and beans?


  40. Avatar March 11th, 2012 at 2:18 pm Kathryne Says:

    Wow Sarah-thanks for taking the time to write from Austin. Safe travels.


  41. Avatar March 11th, 2012 at 2:18 pm Kathryne Says:

    Yep Sally, it is kid approved.


  42. Avatar March 11th, 2012 at 2:19 pm Kathryne Says:

    Yes Lynne-the ingredient blend is very savoury.


  43. Avatar March 11th, 2012 at 2:27 pm Sebas Says:

    Looks like an awesome recipe! Since i’ve been trying vegetarian recipes for lent, I will definitely try this one out with the taco chips!


  44. Avatar March 11th, 2012 at 2:49 pm Sarah Says:

    Always looking great new recipes – this is definitely a must try!


  45. Avatar March 11th, 2012 at 4:36 pm Kathryne Says:

    Thanks Sarah. Hope you are well.


  46. Avatar March 11th, 2012 at 4:37 pm Kathryne Says:

    Seb, we both know that you’ll eat anything…..


  47. Avatar March 11th, 2012 at 5:19 pm Sara Says:

    Oh, I like the look of that bread! I’ve made chili with lentils before, but never thought to try leek bread with it. Good inspiration, thanks!


  48. Avatar March 11th, 2012 at 5:48 pm Kathryne Says:

    I think that Silas had three pieces of bread and butter on Friday!


  49. Avatar March 11th, 2012 at 6:46 pm Pinky Says:

    Sounds delicious. We’ll have to try it!


  50. Avatar March 11th, 2012 at 8:27 pm Yvonne S. Says:

    Always pressed for new vegan treasures for my son’s cadre of friends. Thanks, Kathryn!


  51. Avatar March 11th, 2012 at 9:09 pm Michael Says:

    Kath, to me there is something about lentils that says wholesome comfort food. And there is nothing like veggie ground round to compliment them in a chili dish. In fact one wonders why one ever bothered with real hamburger. You’ve inspired me to make this delicious-sounding dish for dinner for my sweetie. I’ll let you know how it came out.


  52. Avatar March 11th, 2012 at 10:30 pm Kathryne Says:

    She will love it. And you are married to the lentil Queen.


  53. Avatar March 11th, 2012 at 10:30 pm Kathryne Says:

    Thanks Yvonne. Hope you are well.


  54. Avatar March 11th, 2012 at 10:31 pm Kathryne Says:

    I bet even your big meat loving man will love it Pinky.


  55. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 7:51 am Kim Senkiw Says:

    Thanks for vegetarian options! Looks fabulous. You always make food so interesting!


  56. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 8:04 am Clare Cooke Says:

    Love all those ingredients. With great recipes like this it is getting easier to eat healthy. Thanks. Looking forward to trying it.


  57. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 8:08 am Kathryne Says:

    Thanks Kim. I should include more vegetarian options, I know.


  58. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 8:10 am Kathryne Says:

    You are already healthy Clare but this provides a delicious way to stay that way.


  59. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 8:12 am Suzanne Says:

    That recipe sounds a lot like the chili I used to make weekly when I was vegan… I only ever used kidney beans and veggie ground round. I LOVE the idea of using lentils. With the leek swirl bread too, wow!! Yummy


  60. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 8:19 am Kathryne Says:

    Thanks Suzanne. The leek bread was an after thought but seems to be a great complement.


  61. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 8:42 am Cheryl Beattie Says:

    Thanks Kathryne. I will have to try your recipe. It sounds much better than the version I made last week. And I will be a hit with my vegan friends. :)


  62. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 8:46 am Aaron Says:

    My girlfriend and I love lentils. Thanks for another great lentil recipe!


  63. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 9:02 am Mai-An Dimaculangan Says:

    Sound like a great recipe Kathryne! I’m definitely going to try it.


  64. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 9:21 am Diane Says:

    This looks delicious. I am always stumped with providing “veggie” alternatives for my brother and sister-in-law. This is a meal I will make for them – and enjoy myself too. I am printing it off – as I write this. hmmm!


  65. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 10:06 am Karen Says:

    Love your family gatherings!! Always a treat to see what you guys come up with and how it all comes together.


  66. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 10:33 am Diane Says:

    Kathryne – shock of shocks – I have all those ingredients right now in my cupboard and will give it a try. I’ll just toss it all in the crock pot and see what happens, add the ground round when I get home and Tah Dah – done. Will let you know how it comes out.


  67. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 11:17 am Kathryne Says:

    Itll be the perfect pre-ski dish for your gang.


  68. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 11:57 am Alayne Says:

    This looks so delicious…I’m going shopping for ingredients tonight!


  69. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 2:46 pm Cindy Dowse Says:

    Kathryne!

    Thank you so much for this lovely recipe! I am always looking for healthy vegetarian options with LOADS of flavour. I can’t wait to try this – plus I LOVE lentils! You always have great suggestions!
    – Cindy D


  70. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 4:08 pm Kathryne Says:

    Thanks Cindy. Hope you are well.


  71. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 4:09 pm Kathryne Says:

    You wont be sorry Alayne.


  72. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 4:13 pm Kathryne Says:

    Tom you will truly believe that you are eating meat.


  73. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 4:13 pm Kathryne Says:

    Great idea to freeze the lentils Gwen.


  74. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 4:15 pm Kathryne Says:

    Hey Di. Good to hear from you. Hope all is well. The breakfast show looks great!


  75. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 4:15 pm Kathryne Says:

    Thanks Mai-An. I appreciate the support.


  76. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 4:16 pm Kathryne Says:

    Aaron-remember how good the vegan fare was at Lo Pub?


  77. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 4:17 pm Kathryne Says:

    Vegan and meat eaters alike, love this dish.


  78. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 4:49 pm BARB Says:

    sounds fantastic i love vegan food and i will try it tonight


  79. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 4:57 pm Kathryne Says:

    Thanks (again) Barb.


  80. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 8:02 pm Rosalie Favreau Says:

    The recipe looks fantastic; I am definitely going to try it this week. It not only looks great but it sounds really good for you…better not tell my teenager! Happy cooking…and eating!
    Rosalie


  81. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 8:56 pm Donna Says:

    Sounds great. I’ll have to try this recipe. Love your blog!


  82. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 9:02 pm Kathryne Says:

    Thanks Donna. The first time I had this dish, I was with you-wasnt I? At the cottage for a girls weekend?


  83. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 9:04 pm Kathryne Says:

    Rosalie, If you throw some taco chips on top, your teenager will think that its the best thing that hes ever eaten. He will never know that its vegan. Still working on this out of town project in Thompson. Miss you and the babies!


  84. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 9:22 pm Rebekah Says:

    I looove brown sugar and sour cream with strawberries. It reminds me of my childhood


  85. Avatar March 12th, 2012 at 10:06 pm Denise Says:

    Sounds yummy! I just recently tried another lentil dish which my son and I really enjoyed so I’m sure this will be a hit, too.
    BTW, as I was scrolling down the page and came to the picture of the swirled bread I thought at first that it was your signature ‘heart’ picture.


  86. Avatar March 13th, 2012 at 6:19 am Kathryne Says:

    Thanks Denise for visiting again. Hope that all is well in your world.


  87. Avatar March 13th, 2012 at 6:20 am Kathryne Says:

    Hey you-I love you to the moon (and back).


  88. Avatar March 13th, 2012 at 9:24 am Laurel Says:

    I’m always on the lookout, both for vegan recipes and more ways to add lentils to my diet, so thanks for the multi-tasking recipe! Your instructions are very concise, I appreciate that. Will be making this recipe over the coming weekend to have on hand for lunches.


  89. Avatar March 13th, 2012 at 9:26 am Kathryne Says:

    Glad to be a help Laurel. Hope that you are well.


  90. Avatar March 18th, 2012 at 11:09 pm Tanya Hoover Says:

    Wow! That leek bread looks AMAZING! Can I have the recipe? Your families’ nights are so generous – what a gift to each family who attends!


  91. Avatar March 19th, 2012 at 7:07 am Kathryne Says:

    The leek bread was a fluke….I roasted and then chopped the leeks. I threw them into the bread maker at the add ingredients signal but they did not mix very well and was a gloppy mess at the bottom of the chamber. So I took the dough out and flattened it and then rolled it back into a loaf. I love dough-it is so forgiving!


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