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Cooking for a Crowd: Giant Chili to the Rescue

I don't know where I got this recipe from as I have had it a very long time. It's evolved a bit from the original so I am going to post it here. This is a big recipe, it fed 15 people and there were left overs so be warned. It was well received by vegans and non-vegans.

What You Need:

  • 1 cup dried lentils

  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • 1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 large can of tomato juice

  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes

  • 1 vegetable bullion cube

  • 3 diced potatoes

  • 1 chopped onions

  • 2 cloves of garlic minced

  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped

  • 1 pepper chopped

  • 2-4 tbsp of chili powder (start with 2 tbsp)

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • 1/8 tsp ground pepper

  • 1/8 tsp ground cayenne

  • 2 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 tsp salt or to taste

What To Do:

  1. Put everything in a really big pot. Start with 2 tbps of chili powder, you can add more later if it is not spicy enough. Make sure the bullion cube dissolves, it is sometimes easier to add this after the whole mix is boiling. Bring to boil on high heat then simmer until everything is cooked. This can take an hour or two. The lentils should be tender and the onions translucent. Add more chili powder at the end if necessary.

  2. You can make this the day before and let the flavors mingle in the fridge overnight. Then you simply warm it up the next day and it is extra good.

  3. Serve with bread or nachos or both.

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