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Northwest Chili Recipe

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This Northwest Chili recipe is great for when the weather outside is cold. So let the snow fall and start warming up the stove for this delicious chili.
northwest chili recipe
The chickpeas and lentils are what make this chili special.

There is some preparation time with all the chopping and dicing of the ingredients.

You can double the recipe so that you can have lots of leftovers.

Invite family and friends to share in the warmth of this chili recipe.

Northwest Chili Recipe

At the core of this chili are the Northwest’s chickpeas and lentils.

With lots of flavors, this is sure to warm up your body and your taste buds.

Recipe Type

Appetizer, Soup

Degree of Difficulty

Moderately difficult


  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 Tbs canola oil
  • 1 cup dry lentils, rinsed
  • 1 cup diced potato
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 Tbs chili powder, or to taste
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tsp beef bouillon granules or 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 141/2-ounce can tomatoes
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed, or about 2 cups boiled
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper, or to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large, heavy saucepan, cook onion and garlic in oil for 3 to 4 minutes. Add lentils, and stir to coat them with oil.
  2. Add potatoes, carrots, bell pepper, chili powder, water, and bouillon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer about 25 minutes, or until lentils are tender.
  3. Add tomatoes, breaking them up as you do, and tomato sauce, chickpeas, and red pepper. 
  4. Simmer for another 15 minutes. Season to taste with red pepper, salt, and black pepper.

Cooking Times

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition facts shown below are per serving. The number of serving is noted in the header section below.

The serving size is the first item noted on the nutrition facts table.

Nutrition Per Serving

Number of Servings: 6
Serving Size 15 oz
Calories 318
Total Fat 5.9g
      Sat Fat <1g
Cholesterol <1mg
Sodium 772mg
Total Carbohydrates 53.4g
      Fiber 17.8g
      Sugar 10.5g
Protein 16.3g

Weight Watchers Points

Orig. WW Pts: 6
Points Plus: 6

Note:  The veggies and tomato juice are not included in the points plus values.


Chili is one of those items that you can let simmer for longer than the recipe states. The longer it simmers, the more the flavors blend together. So don't be afraid to let this simmer on your stove for a few house.


Source: USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council Web Page: www.pea-lentil.com

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