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Friday, November 10, 2006

Best-ever Lentil Chili

Did you know that you can make chili with lentils? You can! (You can probably do anything with lentils, if you cross your eyes, tap your nose, and just wish hard enough.) To tell the truth, I haven't tried anyone else's lentil chili recipe, so I can' t say that I have empirical evidence that mine is the best. However, I believe it must be the best, because it includes kielbasa. Chili and kielbasa. . . two great things that go great together, believe it or not.

1 lb of kielbasa
1 cup of uncooked lentils
1 cup of rice
1 medium onion, chopped
1 6 oz can of tomato paste
1 14.5 oz can of diced or stewed tomatoes, undrained (your choice)
1 can of corn, drained
1 can of diced green peppers (or, omit this and use a tomato-and-pepper mix)
2 cloves of minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
water: ~4 cups, more or less, to desired consistency

Optional garnishes
shredded cheese (Monterey Jack or fiesta blend)
Mexican table cream, or sour cream
favorite salsa
hot sauce

1) Slice the kielbasa in half, then cut each piece into one-inch chunks. If desired, brown kielbasa in a skillet with chopped onion.

2) Add all ingredients except salt to a large slow cooker. Mix well. Note: you may wish to adjust the paprika, cumin, and chili powder to taste. You may also wish to adjust the water level to make certain that the crock is between 1/2 and 3/4 full.

3) Cook on low for 6-8 hours, depending on your slow cooker. Add salt to taste (try 1/2 tsp) at the end of cooking; stir well.

4) Allow diners to garnish the chili as desired. This will be a fairly mild chili, so you may wish to offer hot sauce to those who like their chili hot. Serve cornbread or cheesy Texas toast on the side.


Blogger La Mama Loca said...

Oooh! That sounds interesting.

6:53 PM  

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