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Red Lentil Chili Recipe by Chef AJ (Vegan)

This Red Lentil Chili Recipe is made in the Instant Pot for an easy weeknight meal!  Packed full of flavor, this will become a family favorite!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 cups
Calories: 152kcal
Author: My Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Life


  • 1 lb red lentils
  • 7 cups water
  • 29 ounce salt free diced tomatoes fire roasted preferred
  • 1 - 6 ounce can of salt-free tomato paste
  • 10 ounces of chopped onion approximately one large onion
  • 1 lb of red bell pepper diced approximately 2 large peppers
  • 3 ounces pitted dates 12 Deglet Noor or 6 Medjool
  • 8 cloves of garlic finely minced
  • 4 TBs Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1.5 TBs Parsley Flakes
  • 1.5 TBs Oregano
  • 1.5 TBs Chili Powder salt-free
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • Blend the dates, garlic, red bell pepper and tomatoes in a blender until smooth and place into the Instant Pot.
  • Place all remaining ingredients in Instant Pot and cook on high for 10 minutes.
  • Let pressure release naturally or quick release and enjoy immediately.
  • Serve over baked potato or have as is in bowls sprinkled with parmesan.


Nutritional values are based on one cup


Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 8g | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 451mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1540IU | Vitamin C: 40.8mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3.1mg