Tasty Chili Sin Carne

Things that I am a fan of: 1. black beans, 2. lots of spices, and 3. cilantro. So, evidently, chili is one of my favourite go-to meals! It takes no time to make (a common theme for my recipes on this blog) and it is always tasty and flavourful.

I like most of my meals a little on the spicy side, so if you prefer a milder taste, put half a teaspoon of everything. I decided to add some cinnamon and cacao powder for some depth of flavour, and it worked perfectly (even if I accidentally dropped 5 times the amount of cinnamon that I needed…oops). I hope you enjoy!



Makes 4 portion (304 calories)

  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 2-3 carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp of ground cumin
  • 1 tsp of smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 tsp of chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp of cayenne powder
  • 1 tsp of oregano
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of split red lentils dry
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes (san marzano), about 700ml
  • 1 can of black beans
  • Salt for seasoning
  • 1 tbsp of nutritional yeast
  • For serving: brown rice
  • Top with: Fresh cilantro



  1. Water sauté the onion and garlic in a large pot on medium-high heat until the onions are slightly translucent
  2. Add the jalapeno, pepper, carrots, and celery to the pot and toss for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally
  3. Add all the spices and the dry lentils, mix well for 1 minute
  4. Add the can of diced tomatoes, when empty, fill the can with water and add the water to the mix
  5. Mix well and cover, simmer for 30-40 minutes (or until the lentils are cooked and much of the liquid has evaporated)
  6. Add the black beans and season with salt
  7. Remove from the heat and mix in the nutritional yeast (OPTIONAL but adds great flavour and a boost of B12 vitamins)
  8. Top with fresh cilantro and serve with brown rice (I love short grain brown rice)! Enjoy!


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Patricia Roca

Why is life worth living? That’s a very good question. Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Like what? Okay, for me, I would say, dogs, post cards, cafés, hats (especially berets), Paris, stationary, soy lattes, Les Miserables, string lights, and barrettes.

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