Lentil Lamb Chili

"Too hot to eat #chili or nah? Lentil, bean, and lamb chili spiced with all the flavors of a Moroccan Tagine. Lots of red pepper, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, cardamom and more. Does your body ever tell you exactly what it needs? I sometimes just get a feeling and know. Today it was lentils (iron/folic acid) so even though it's hot outside, it's cool inside thanks to the AC and I'm smart (read:hungry) enough to listen. Another thing! I eat meat, Instafriends. I suppose it's easy to think that I don't because I rarely post those pics. That's because they are hugely unpopular here for some reason. But I want to be myself not a slave to my Insta, so, now you know."
-- @thedaleyplate
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Prep time 10mins
Cook time 1hr
Serves or Makes: 6

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  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, or canola oil
  • 1 pound lean ground lamb
  • large onion, diced
  • teaspoon salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped ginger
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon tagine seasoning
  • 1 (14 ounce) can no salt added diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans small white beans, no salt added, rinsed
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley


  • Step 1

    Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add ground lamb, onion, salt, ginger and garlic. Cook, stirring and breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until the meat is no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Add lentils and red pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the bell pepper is starting to soften, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Add chili powder, paprika, cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, allspice, tagine seasoning and cook, stirring, until aromatic, 30 seconds to 1 minute.

  • Step 4

    Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, beans, and sugar.

  • Step 5

    Add stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, partially cover the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is reduced and thickened and the lentils are tender, about 50 minutes. Stir fresh parsley through and serve.

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