Ground Lamb and Lentil Chili

"This is my fiance and my favorite lamb chili recipe. We like our dishes hot, so this is pretty spicy. I got this recipe from "The Chili Cookbook" by Norman Kolpas."
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  • In a medium pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onions and saute until onions are transparent, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add chile powder, paprika, chile flakes, cayenne, cumin and coriander; saute, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes more.
  • Add lamb and stir and mash constantly with a wooden spoon to break it up into very fine particles, until evenly browned, 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Stir in lentils, broth, tomatoes, oregano, rosemary, salt, sugar, and pepper; bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender and chili is thick, about 30 minutes, adding some water to pot if lentils absorb all liquid before chili is done.
  • Garnish with cilantro before serving.

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  1. johnnyBourbon
    Excellent recipe! Best chili I've even eaten! I added 12 oz. andouille sausage (pre cooked) and 1 15oz can of cannellini beans during step 4. One other thing (I'm a new 'chef')...if you could note in step 4 to stir about every 4-5 minutes during the simmer b/c the recipe cakes on the bottom :)
  2. sheilaemcdonald
    Forget the sugar. It seemed to overpower all those wonderful spices. It tastes alright, but doesn't have that chili taste. I've added lots more chili powder, but it hasn't come through yet. The lentils don't cook in 30 mins., at least mine didn't. It's easy to make, which is a plus, and without sugar it might be really good. I'd try some dry red wine if I had some. And some fresh ground chilies would probably help.
  3. Leah Oberlin
    We really liked this a lot! It is one of the only chilis my daughter liked (although it was too hot for her). The heat was perfect for the rest of the family.
  4. valpalsor
    Pretty spicy but I added a dollop of cottage cheese and it was fine. Would be good with a good Orgon micro-stout
  5. Moorea M.
    Thanks for posting this recipe. Delicious. My preference is to lose the rosemary and sugar.


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