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    Cincinnati Lentils

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    30 mins

    30 mins

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    1. 1
      Add lentils to medium saucepan (if using dry add lentils and water to pan; bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes, then proceed with recipe).
    2. 2
      Add all ingredients (except last three) and simmer for 30-45 minutes to blend flavors and cook vegetables to your liking.
    3. 3
      Remove bay leaf.
    4. 4
      Serve over cooked Basmati rice.
    5. 5
      Top with cheese and onions as desired.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 17, 2002


      This was great! It tastes just like the kinds of chili they serve around Cincinnati, and this would be a 4-way, (which is spaghetti, chili, cheese & onions) (especially if it were served on spaghetti instead of rice). I think this way is much healthier, though, (the Cincinnati restaurant versions are LOADED with calories and fat) and if someone wanted, they could even add beef and call it a 5-way (which is spaghetti, chili, cheese, onions and beans, where the lentils would count like the beans). I did douse mine with hot sauce (Frank's or Crystal are good choices) just before serving, as is the tradition, and it was wonderful, wonderful. Thank you for a fabulous recipe that will be a part of my regular collection!

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    • on November 15, 2007


      Tasted like the real thing -although much healthier! I never would've thought to use a substitution for ground meat to make Cincinatti Chili. This recipe is perfect, except I beg of you NOT to use any cayenne pepper at all. Authentic Cinci Chili doesn't have any heat; only spice. Unless you're using canned tomatoes without the green chiles I strongly recommend leaving out the cayenne and coasting with the 'light' heat from the chiles.

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    • on September 02, 2005


      Delicious! A deep and spicy, although not hot blend of spices. I didn't have the green pepper, so we just added some extra celery. We served over brown basmati rice and it was great topped with some cheddar. The cocoa was great in this - dark and intriguing without having a real "chocolate" flavor to it. I did find it made more than 4 servings... more like 6-8. Great, though! Thanks!

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    Nutritional Facts for Cincinnati Lentils

    Serving Size: 1 (413 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 496.5
    Calories from Fat 60
    Total Fat 6.6 g
    Saturated Fat 3.3 g
    Cholesterol 15.2 mg
    Sodium 1285.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 86.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 17.4 g
    Sugars 5.7 g
    Protein 22.5 g

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