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Lentil Chili


2 lbs. Lentils
Water, pre-heated
3 Chipotle Peppers, stems removed
5-6 Cloves Garlic, crushed
1 Onion, large, chopped (approx. 2 cups)
2 Tbsp. Cumin, ground
2 Tbsp. Chili Powder
1 Tbsp. Basil, dried
1 28-oz. can Tomatoes, crushed
1 6-oz. can Tomato Paste
1 lb. Corn, kernels, frozen
1 cup Bell Pepper, diced
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We prepare our lentil chili in a 6-1/2 quart slow cooker (crock pot) to ensure that the lentils are soft and the flavors are thoroughly blended. It takes about 6 to 8 hours to finish cooking.  We usually start making our lentil chili early in the morning so that it is ready for late afternoon or evening.  If you are using a smaller slow cooker, cut the recipe in half. 

Begin by pre-heating 6 cups of water to boiling and pour into the slow cooker which is set on "high." 

Clean and rinse the lentils.  Add to the Crock Pot. 

Place the chipotle peppers in a blender container with 1 cup of water.  Peel the garlic and add to the blender.  Cover and run blender at high speed until the peppers and garlic are pureed.  We heat this mixture in our microwave oven to boiling.  (This may also be heated on the stovetop.)  Pour the contents of the blender container into a heat resistant pot or bowl, rinse the blender container with another cup of water, and heat the liquid to boiling.  Add to the crock pot.

Peel and dice the onions, wash and dice the Bell pepper, and add to the crock pot. 

Heat the frozen corn with the crushed tomatoes and tomato paste until hot, and add to the crock pot.  Add the seasoning.  If you are leaving the crock pot unattended, we suggest lowering the heat setting to "low." 

If you prefer your lentil chili more like a soup (thinner), add additional hot water, as desired. 

Serve with a large tossed salad and enjoy!      

The above recipe is in keeping with God's creation intent (Genesis 1:29-31):  'Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.  And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-- everything that has the breath of life in it-- I give every green plant for food." And it was so.   God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.' (NIV)  Let no animal suffer or die that we may live!  (d-32)

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