Hearty Meatless Chili

  1. 1 package dry onion soup mix
    4 cups water
    1 (15.5-ounce) can garbanzo beans
    1 (15.5-ounce) can kidney beans
    1 (14.5-ounce) can whole tomatoes, chopped
    1 cup lentils
  2. 1 celery rib, chopped
    1 tablespoon chili powder
    2 teaspoons ground cumin
    1 garlic clove, finely chopped
    1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  1. In large saucepan combine dry onion soup mix, water, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, chopped whole tomatoes, lentils, chopped celery rib, chili powder, cumin, chopped garlic clove, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, then simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
  2. Remove the cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, an additional 30 minutes or until the liquid is almost absorbed and the lentils are tender.
  3. Makes 6 servings

Chili Trivia:

  • Chili is the official state food of Texas
  • Cincinnati Chili was inspired by Greek and Macedonian immigrants around the turn of the 20th century
  • The intensity of heat in the taste of the Chile peppers usually decreases as the size of the pepper increases