Monday, October 19, 2009

Lentil, Corn and Sweet Pepper Chili

I got this recipe from Weight Watchers Simply Delicious Winning Points Cookbook (see my left sidebar for more info). It was a huge hit with my family, even with my 4 year old who won't eat anything unless it it's a french fry.


2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil

1 large onion, finely chopped

1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes

1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth

1 1/2 cups lentils, picked over, rinsed and drained

2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels

1 large red bell pepper seeded and chopped

1 (4 1/2 oz) can chopped green chiles, drained

1 tsp of ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander *

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro

* note: I did not have coriander. I found it at a supermarket for $4.99 a bottle. I was not going to pay that just for this recipe. So, I just left it out. The recipe was fine without it.


1. Heat a nonstick Dutch oven. Swirl in the oil, then add the onion. Saute until golden, about 7 minutes. Add the tomatoes, broth and lentils; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered 20 minutes.

2. Add the corn, bell pepper, chiles, cumin, coriander and salt. Return the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the lentils and vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in teh cilantro.

265 calories per serving and 5 points (for you point counters out there!)

Can serve with cornbread or tortilla chips (of course if your counting points or calories this will make it go up). I served biscuits with ours because that's what I had on hand.

Check out more meatless meal ideas at Mama Says

This is linked to Life As Mom, Ultimate Recipe Swap: Beans & Lentils



Blogger Milehimama @ Mama Says said...

Mmm that sounds good! I'm always on the lookout for a good lentil recipe!

February 16, 2010 at 8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lentil soup is a family favorite around here, and we had it tonight. I love the addition of red peppers and corn for a Southwestern feel, and cilantro is one of my favorite flavors! Do you have a Trader Joe's near you? They have fire-roasted frozen corn and it's delicious. That might be good in this recipe. :)

February 17, 2010 at 12:13 AM  
Anonymous 'Becca said...

Sounds delicious!

The place to get affordable coriander is an Indian grocery store. The one here has a 1/2 pound bag, which for us is a 10-year supply of coriander, for 99c!

May 7, 2010 at 2:16 PM  

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