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Lentil-Beef Chili

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 leeks, white and pale green parts only chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 4 green onions chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 8 ounces lentils
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes - (28 oz ea)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder, plus
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried marjoram crumbled
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano crumbled
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • Sour Cream for serving

Details

Servings 6

Preparation

Step 1

Heat heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and cook until beef is brown, crumbling with fork, about 5 minutes. Drain well. Heat oil in heavy 3-quart saucepan over medium-high. Add onion and next 5 ingredients. Saute until onion is tender, about 8 minutes.

Add beef, lentils and next 8 ingredients to saucepan. Cover and simmer until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally, about 1 1/2 hours. Stir in Parmesan. Simmer, uncovered, until mixture is thick, about 15 minutes.

Serve, passing sour cream separately.

This recipe yields 6 servings.

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