The chilly winter months leave us craving warm, hearty food. Try this easy Lentil Chili for a tasty and budget-friendly meal that will keep you warm and boost your heart health!

“Lentils are a great source of plant-based protein to keep you full and are high in fiber, which can help lower your cholesterol,” said Sheila Patterson, RD, CDE, a registered dietitian. “The secret ingredient in this recipe — peanut butter — adds lots of flavor and heart-healthy fats.”

Eating a heart-healthy diet is just one great way to keep your heart in shape.

Slow-Cooker Lentil Chili

Serves: 8-10

  • 1 16 ounce bag brown lentils
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 jalapeno (de-seed for mild flavor)
  • 1 large carrot
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 onion
  • 1 28-ounce can canned diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp tomato
  • 3-1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp cumin
  • 2-3 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2-1 tsp cayenne pepper (omit for mild flavor)
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans
  • 1 15-ounce can kidney beans
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  1. Combine all ingredients, except peanut butter, into the slow cooker and cook on high for four hours.
  2. Add peanut butter, stir to combine. Cook for an additional one hour.
Sheila Patterson, RD

Sheila Patterson, RD

Outpatient Registered Dietitian

Sheila is a registered dietitian for Adventist HealthCare’s Outpatient Nutrition & Diabetes program

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