Make a big batch of this Instant Pot lentil and bean chili and you can wave boring lunches goodbye! Serve over rice, as a jacket potato filling, in a taco salad or turn into burritos – this healthy chili is endlessly versatile. However you decide to serve it, a bag of Popchips will help you ‘enjoy more’ of your lunch break.
Recipe in collaboration with Popchips
I remember the days of lunch ‘al desko’ without much fondness, even though I used to work in a company that had a staff canteen at the basement level of our office building. I remember plenty of lunchtimes where the only highlight of my meal was the bag of Popchips I had treated myself to.
Popchips are popped rather than fried which results in a healthier and crunchier snack – less fat but tons of flavour so you can ‘enjoy more’. I have been a big fan for years and the range now has plenty of exciting flavours such as barbecue, smoked bacon and buffalo ranch.
Chips and chili are well matched of course, and this lentil and bean chili goes well with pretty much most of the Popchips range – apart from Salt and Vinegar perhaps 🙂 If you want to keep your chili vegan, then serve it with the Smoky Bacon chips which are actually totally vegan due to their unique blend of spices and salt.
Making this lentil and bean chili could not be easier, thanks to a little Instant Pot magic. I mean, it’s not really that difficult to make in general, but pressure cooking allows you to use dried pulses without soaking them first.
Why use dried pulses? Well for one thing they are generally a lot cheaper than the canned versions – yielding up to 3 times their original amount when cooked. They taste a whole lot better when you cook them yourself – really, quite a revelation. Plus you can control the amount of salt, eliminate additives and experiment with lesser known pulses.
I only recently ventured into the world of Instant Pot, but I am rapidly becoming a Pot head… I never, ever thought I could call myself that 😉 But it’s like I am in the beginning stages of a love affair – I use my IP daily and sometimes multiples times a day. I am constantly excited to try new recipes and I am boring my husband silly with my euphoric Instant Pot rhapsodies.
Before I bore you as well, let me talk a little more about this chili. It is…
- Totally vegan – unless you add toppings like sour cream and cheese – and gluten-free
- Even more delicious the second or third day
- Mild enough for kids to enjoy – though you can dial up the heat if you prefer
- Really versatile – turn into taco salad, add rice and cheese and a tortilla to turn into burritos, make chilli Mac and cheese, chilli topped jacket potatoes or fries…
To make your chili, start by preparing all your ingredients first. Chop up your onion (or you can use frozen chopped onions) and peppers, mince your garlic and measure out your salt and spices. Rinse the lentils and beans thoroughly in cold water. Prepare your stock – I used a Kallo vegetable bouillon cube here but you can use homemade stock if you prefer..
Sauté your onion first, then add the garlic, spices and seasoning. Stir in the peppers for a minute or two and then add the beans, lentils, tomatoes and stock. Set your vent to ‘sealing’ and cook for 25 minutes on high pressure. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 20 minutes then manually release.
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This Instant Pot lentil and bean chili is hearty, healthy, delicious and budget-friendly. Mild enough for kids to enjoy and endlessly versatile: serve over rice, as jacket potato filling, in taco salad, nachos or turn into a burrito. Dial up the spice by adding some ancho chilli paste if you like it hot!
- 2-3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large onion finely diced
- 3 large garlic cloves minced
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp hot chili powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp ancho chili paste (optional)
- 1 red bell pepper finely diced
- 1 green bell pepper finely diced
- 1 yellow bell pepper finely diced
- 1 cup (160g) black beans, rinsed
- 1 cup (160g) green lentils, rinsed
- 1 cup (180g) red split lentils, rinsed
- 2x 15oz (400g) canned chopped tomatoes in juice
- 4 cups (950ml) hot vegetable stock from 1 cube
- Handful Fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves to garnish
Add the oil into your pressure cooker and select the ‘Sauté’ function.
Add the chopped onion and sauté for about 3 minutes, then add the garlic, spices and seasoning. Stir to combine.
Add the peppers, and paste if using, and stir for 2 minutes.
Stir in the beans, lentils, tomatoes and stock.
Set your vent to ‘sealing’ and cook for 25 minutes on high pressure. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 20 minutes then manually release.
Taste the seasoning and adjust if necessary.
Serve over rice, as jacket potato filling, in taco salad, nachos or turn into a burrito.
I used a 6L/Q Instant Pot Duo for this recipe.
I used unsalted canned tomatoes, if you use salted reduce the added salt in the recipe.
Although the active pressure cooking time is 25 minutes (plus 5 minutes sautéing) the recipe requires 20 minutes natural release so factor that in when making the recipe.
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