Vegetarian Red Lentil Chilli Con Carne and Rice

Red Lentils Chilli Con Carne Recipe

55 Minutes
Serves: 2

This delicious vegetarian lentil chilli con carne is made with red lentils, red peppers, kidney beans and tomatoes, flavoured with a spicy mix of chilli, garlic, coriander, cinnamon, cumin and a small square of dark chocolate. Serve this simple lentil chilli on a bed of white rice with sprinkle of lightly chopped coriander

Recipe Ingreds


  • 1 bell pepper (red)
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 5 grams dark chocolate
  • 0.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp oregano (dried)
  • 1 fresh chilli
  • 4 sprig fresh coriander
  • 1 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tin tinned kidney beans
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onions
  • 200 grams red lentils(dried)
  • salt (to taste)
  • 0.25 stock cube veg
  • 1 tin tinned tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 300 ml water (boiling)


  • 1 microwave white rice

Recipe with pictures Steps

Step 1

  • heat the frying pan with a little oil
  • peel and chop the onion(s) finely
  • add to the frying pan
  • cook for 3 to 4 mins

Step 2

  • peel and crush the garlic using the garlic crusher or chop finely
  • add to the frying pan
  • wash and finely chop the chilli
  • add to the frying pan
  • cook for 3 to 4 mins

Step 3

  • add the spices to the frying pan
  • cook for a minute or two
  • wash and slice the peppers into strips
  • add to the frying pan

Step 4

  • add the lentils to the frying pan
  • add the tinned tomatoes and the tomato puree to the frying pan
  • cook for a minute or two

Step 5

  • Drain the beans and wash in cold water
  • add to the frying pan
  • add the stock cube to boiling water
  • add the stock to the frying pan
  • add the oregano
  • cook slowly
  • for 20 minutes
  • add the chocolate to the frying pan
  • stir till chocolate has melted
  • taste and season with salt and pepper if necessary

Step 6

  • warm the precooked rice by following the instructions
  • place one serving of rice onto a plate

Step 7

  • wash and finely chop the fresh coriander
  • place the chilli on top of the rice
  • sprinkle with coriander
  • serve immediately

Step 8

  • if cooking extra for the freezer store the extra chilli in a freezable container allow to cool and then place in freezer

Recipe Utensils

  • 1 chopping board
  • 1 Garlic crusher
  • 1 jug
  • 1 large frying pan
  • 1 large knife
  • 1 sieve

How to make vegetarian red lentil chilli con carne

A red lentil chilli packed full of tasty lentils, kidney beans, peppers and tomatoes and flavoured with hot chillies spices, garlic and chocolate, ideal for vegetarians and vegans simple to cook and perfect for freezing, 

Lightly fry the chopped onions, chilli and crushed garlic add the sliced red peppers and spices and cook for a minute or two before adding the red lentils, tomatoes, and tomato puree, mix the ingredients thoroughly and cook for a minute or two before adding the herbs, kidney beans and stock. Simmer for 20 minutes and then add a square of dark chocolate and season to taste. Serve with white rice and chopped fresh coriander

Can you freeze?

Yes, this lentil chilli is ideal for freezing, pop it in a freezer proof container, allow to cool and then freeze, it will last up to 3 months in the freezer. To reheat, defrost and then reheat till piping hot.

When to cook veggie chilli with lentils

This mouth-watering recipe is the perfect quick cook meal for those cold nights in Autumn, Winter or Spring. It is easy to make so ideal for a midweek meal, make double and freeze the extra for a quick dinner on a busy night.

Who will love this recipe?

This dish is ideal for the adults and children so makes the perfect family meal, it is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans alike. It is also healthy as it is low in fat and high in vegetable proteins. It is incredibly cheap to cook so if you are on a low budget health kick this dish is perfect.

What to do with leftover 

If you have leftovers then why not try one of these recipes,

  • Tacos, pack the taco shells with the lentil chilli and sprinkle with cheese, serve with sour cream
  • Chimichanga tightly wrap the chili in a tortilla and fry in oil till crisp, serve with salad and sour cream
  • Empanadas, make some empanada dough roll it out cut into circles, place the chilli con carne in the middle with some grated cheese, fold over crimp the edges and bake in the oven till golden brown
  • Freeze it, allow to cool and then place in a freezable container

What to eat with vegetarian lentil chilli con carne?

We serve this dish with rice and a sprinkle of coriander, but it would be just as delicious with a sweet potato jacket, or a traditional jacket potato

What makes our lentil Chilli the best?

Red lentils are often overlooked as a staple ingredient for a veggie meal, but while they have a milder taste than green lentils, they are perfect for a spicy dish like this. The secret ingredient that makes this dish extra special is the addition of a small square of dark chocolate it brings out the subtle flavours of dish perfectly.

What is Vegetarian Chilli

This recipe is the perfect veggie or vegan dish and a great alternative to the traditional chilli con carne. Vegetarian chilli can have a variety of ingredients, those with vegetables only, those containing lentils and those containing meat substitutes such as Quorn or tofu. Our full flavoured dish has a red lentil base. and is cooked with onions, garlic, tomato, kidney beans and chilli, the dish is spiced with chilli flakes, cinnamon, coriander, cumin and oregano.

Other vegetarian lentil recipes

Chianti Baked Lentil balls

Mushroom & Lentil Burgers with Courgette Chips

Lentil Spaghetti Bolognese

Lentil Lasagne with Salad

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