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Two bowls of vegan lentil chili with avocado
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Vegan Lentil Chili

This Instant Pot vegan lentil chili is simple and quick to make and so delicious! Loaded with healthy ingredients, it's great for meal prep and freezer meals.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Natural release 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 316kcal
Author Yumna Jawad


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 ½ cup green lentils rinsed
  • ½ cup red lentils rinsed
  • 2 15-ounce cans tomato sauce
  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes with chili seasonings
  • 1 15 ounce can red kidney beans rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup optional
  • Cilantro leaves for serving
  • Diced avocados for serving


  • Press Sauté button on the Instant Pot and add olive oil. Once oil is heated, add the chopped onion and stir for 1 minute. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute. Add in the rest of the ingredients, stir to combine all ingredients together. Press Off/Cancel to turn off Sauté function.
  • Place the lid on and move the valve to sealing. Press Beans/Chili and set the timer to 12 minutes. You’ll notice the Instant Pot will start to come to pressure first and then the timer will begin. It can take 8-10 minutes to come to pressure.
  • When the cook time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then do a quick release for any remaining pressure. Carefully open and remove the lid.
  • Serve with fresh cilantro and avocados and any other chili toppings, if desired.


Storage: The chili can be stored in the fridge for 4 to 5 days and reheated on the stovetop or in the microwave.
Freezing: Freeze the chili in freezer bags or a safe container for up to 6 months.
Vegan Lentil Chili Excerpted from The Pressure Cooker Cookbook for Weight Loss: 125 Easy and Healthy Recipes by Sukaina Bharwani Copyright © 2020 


Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1351mg | Potassium: 1278mg | Fiber: 21g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1361IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 7mg