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This recipe is one of our family favorites. It fits nicely into our budget and I can make our money go farther if I use all lentils instead of the beef. Our whole family LOVES lentil chili so I have to make a HUGE batch to satisfy everyone. I can also make it stretch by serving it over rice, especially nice if we have company drop by unexpectedly.
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp. cumin
10 c. water
1 lb. dry lentils
2 tsp. salt
2 c. salsa
29 oz. canned tomatoes, crushed
1 lb. ground beef
1 tsp. chili powder
Brown ground beef with the onion, drain. Add lentils and water. Simmer 1 1/2 hours. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes.
Variations: Omit meat and double the amount of lentils for a vegetarian dish. Serve over rice. Top with cheese and/or sour cream.
I double or triple this recipe to feed our always hungry family of 12.
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