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Overhead view of crock pot lentil chili in white bowl with sour cream, jalapeño and cilantro on top.
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Easy Crock Pot Lentil Chili

A super simple dump and go Crock Pot Lentil Chili that is thick and hearty. Veggie packed and prepped in about 10 minutes. Slow cooked for ultimate flavor and spice. A cozy and filling meal and perfect with all your favorite toppings!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5
Author: Lorie Yarro



  • Add all ingredients except for the tomato paste into slow cooker. I often start with 1 ½ of the tomato sauce cans and then add more if desired in the end.
  • Cover and set to high heat for 4-6 hours or until lentils are tender or on high heat for about 6 hours.
  • About 15-30 minutes before serving, add in the tomato paste. This will thicken the chili. If it becomes too thick, add more broth to balance.
  • Serve with your favorite chili toppings!


You could use precooked lentils to make this recipe much quicker! You would only have to cook for about 2-4 hours.