8 Ingredient Winter Vegan Chili!

Freezing today? I am... Yesterday, I stayed inside prepping for my potluck holiday party at WeWork. We needed something yummy and warm to enjoy (it was 1 degree outside)!!! This super easy vegan recipe can be made on the stove or crockpot (I chose the crockpot this time because it made it easy to keep warm/serve at a party), only has 8 ingredients and is a flavorful, protein packed alternative to a meat based chili. Use the recipe below for mason jars or throw it all in a pot and let it cook while you listen to some holiday tunes and wrap presents.

8 Ingredient Winter Vegan Chili
Serves 4-5


  • 2/3 cup brown or green lentils
  • 1/2 cup barley
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (low sodium)


1.     In a 1/2 pint-sized mason jar, layer 1/2 of the lentils, 1/2 the barley, 1/2 of the lentils. Top with the spices.
2.     To make the soup: combine contents of jar with the tomatoes, vegetable broth and water. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 1 - 1 1/2 hours, until the lentils and barley are soft. (Crockpot Alternative: heat all ingredients in crockpot on high for 6 hours). Salt and pepper to taste.

Bon Appetit!


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