Chili of red kidney beans and lentils

Virtually everyone knows chili con carne: a stew of meat and chili peppers. Often onions, garlic, cumin, beans and tomatoes are also used, but there are many variations on this classic dish. This recipe for chili is one without meat, also called chili sin carne. This chili is easy to make in large quantities for a party and your guests will certainly appreciate it. It gives a warming feeling in your tummy!
Main Dish
24 Minutes
4 Persons


For the chili

  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 stems of celery (chopped finely)
  • 1 bell pepper (chopped finely)
  • 250 g brown lentils (boiled)
  • 250 g red kidney beans (boiled)
  • 500 ml sieved tomatoes
  • 300 ml vegetable stock
  • 30 g bulgur

To serve

  • 200 g creme fraiche
  • 100 g grated cheese
  • 2 el parsley (chopped finely)


  1. Fry the onion and the garlic slowly with the oil in the pan until they are softened. Add the chili powder, the cumin seeds and the cinnamon stick and cook for about 2 minutes until you can smell the aromas. Then add the chopped vegetables (celery, carrot and paprika) and heat gently for about 10 minutes.
  2. Now is the time to add the lentils and kidney beans. Also the sieved tomatoes and vegetable stock may now be added. Bring to taste with salt and pepper and bring it back to a boil. Put the lid on the pan and braise, stirring occasionally, for about 45 minutes.
  3. Now add the bulgur and heat gently for another minute or 10 until the bulgur is tender and the chili is lightly bound. Check the taste, add some salt and pepper and serve with creme fraiche, a handful of grated cheese and some parsley.
  4. Also crunchy tortilla chips is a good combination with this chili sin carne.


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