Vegetarian Red Lentil Chilli Con Carne and Rice

Red Lentils Chilli Con Carne Recipe

55 Minutes
Serves: 2

This delicious vegetarian red lentil chilli is made with lentils, red peppers, kidney beans and tomatoes, flavoured with a spicy mixture of chilli, garlic, coriander, cinnamon, cumin and a small square of dark chocolate. Serve this easy 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

Our vegetarian and vegan chilli con carne

Our spicy chilli is the perfect veggie or vegan chilli 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 veggie chili has a red lentil base. and is cooked with onions, garlic, tomato, kidney beans and chilli and  spiced with chilli flakes, cinnamon, coriander, cumin and oregano. 

What makes our lentil Chilli the best

Red lentils are often over looked for 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.

How to serve our chilli with lentils

This mouth watering lentil chilli is the perfect quick cook winter meal, we serve it with rice but it would be just as delicious with a sweet potato jacket or a traditional jacket. This recipe is also ideal for freezing so cook double and stick some in the freezer for an extra quick dinner on those busy days

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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