Lentil and Butternut Squash Vegetarian Chili with Spicy Chickpea Quinoa Crackers (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

A hearty, comforting and filling vegetarian chili chock full of protein-rich lentils, butternut squash, onion, chiles, peppers, garlic, tomatoes and warming spices galore. Served alongside some perfectly complementary crispy & spicy chickpea quinoa crackers, you have one big, filling bowl of gluten-free, vegan, nutritious deliciousness perfect for an autumn's eve'!

 A hearty, comforting and filling vegetarian chili chock full of protein-rich lentils, butternut squash, onion, chiles, peppers, garlic, tomatoes and warming spices galore. Served alongside some perfectly complementary crispy & spicy chickpea quinoa crackers, you have one big, filling bowl of gluten-free, vegan, nutritious deliciousness perfect for an autumn's eve'! #vegetarianchili #butternutsquashchili #lentilchili #quinoacrackers #spicy #healthy #easy #autumn #comfortfood #glutenfreevegan

This amazing little dish is officially one of my new favorite things in the universe! It is just that good!

 A hearty, comforting and filling vegetarian chili chock full of protein-rich lentils, butternut squash, onion, chiles, peppers, garlic, tomatoes and warming spices galore. Served alongside some perfectly complementary crispy & spicy chickpea quinoa crackers, you have one big, filling bowl of gluten-free, vegan, nutritious deliciousness perfect for an autumn's eve'! #vegetarianchili #butternutsquashchili #lentilchili #quinoacrackers #spicy #healthy #easy #autumn #comfortfood #glutenfreevegan
 A hearty, comforting and filling vegetarian chili chock full of protein-rich lentils, butternut squash, onion, chiles, peppers, garlic, tomatoes and warming spices galore. Served alongside some perfectly complementary crispy & spicy chickpea quinoa crackers, you have one big, filling bowl of gluten-free, vegan, nutritious deliciousness perfect for an autumn's eve'! #vegetarianchili #butternutsquashchili #lentilchili #quinoacrackers #spicy #healthy #easy #autumn #comfortfood #glutenfreevegan

I've now made this several times for my family and they all agree that it's a definite winner worthy of regular rotation during our weeknight meals. This easy and tasty vegetarian chili is full of nutrient dense ingredients and big on utterly delicious flavors!

 A hearty, comforting and filling vegetarian chili chock full of protein-rich lentils, butternut squash, onion, chiles, peppers, garlic, tomatoes and warming spices galore. Served alongside some perfectly complementary crispy & spicy chickpea quinoa crackers, you have one big, filling bowl of gluten-free, vegan, nutritious deliciousness perfect for an autumn's eve'! #vegetarianchili #butternutsquashchili #lentilchili #quinoacrackers #spicy #healthy #easy #autumn #comfortfood #glutenfreevegan
 A hearty, comforting and filling vegetarian chili chock full of protein-rich lentils, butternut squash, onion, chiles, peppers, garlic, tomatoes and warming spices galore. Served alongside some perfectly complementary crispy & spicy chickpea quinoa crackers, you have one big, filling bowl of gluten-free, vegan, nutritious deliciousness perfect for an autumn's eve'! #vegetarianchili #butternutsquashchili #lentilchili #quinoacrackers #spicy #healthy #easy #autumn #comfortfood #glutenfreevegan
 A hearty, comforting and filling vegetarian chili chock full of protein-rich lentils, butternut squash, onion, chiles, peppers, garlic, tomatoes and warming spices galore. Served alongside some perfectly complementary crispy & spicy chickpea quinoa crackers, you have one big, filling bowl of gluten-free, vegan, nutritious deliciousness perfect for an autumn's eve'! #vegetarianchili #butternutsquashchili #lentilchili #quinoacrackers #spicy #healthy #easy #autumn #comfortfood #glutenfreevegan
 A hearty, comforting and filling vegetarian chili chock full of protein-rich lentils, butternut squash, onion, chiles, peppers, garlic, tomatoes and warming spices galore. Served alongside some perfectly complementary crispy & spicy chickpea quinoa crackers, you have one big, filling bowl of gluten-free, vegan, nutritious deliciousness perfect for an autumn's eve'! #vegetarianchili #butternutsquashchili #lentilchili #quinoacrackers #spicy #healthy #easy #autumn #comfortfood #glutenfreevegan
 A hearty, comforting and filling vegetarian chili chock full of protein-rich lentils, butternut squash, onion, chiles, peppers, garlic, tomatoes and warming spices galore. Served alongside some perfectly complementary crispy & spicy chickpea quinoa crackers, you have one big, filling bowl of gluten-free, vegan, nutritious deliciousness perfect for an autumn's eve'! #vegetarianchili #butternutsquashchili #lentilchili #quinoacrackers #spicy #healthy #easy #autumn #comfortfood #glutenfreevegan
 A hearty, comforting and filling vegetarian chili chock full of protein-rich lentils, butternut squash, onion, chiles, peppers, garlic, tomatoes and warming spices galore. Served alongside some perfectly complementary crispy & spicy chickpea quinoa crackers, you have one big, filling bowl of gluten-free, vegan, nutritious deliciousness perfect for an autumn's eve'! #vegetarianchili #butternutsquashchili #lentilchili #quinoacrackers #spicy #healthy #easy #autumn #comfortfood #glutenfreevegan

Throw in some spicy homemade chickpea quinoa crackers and this dish is just over the top ridiculously amazing! I hope you like it, too . . .

 A hearty, comforting and filling vegetarian chili chock full of protein-rich lentils, butternut squash, onion, chiles, peppers, garlic, tomatoes and warming spices galore. Served alongside some perfectly complementary crispy & spicy chickpea quinoa crackers, you have one big, filling bowl of gluten-free, vegan, nutritious deliciousness perfect for an autumn's eve'! #vegetarianchili #butternutsquashchili #lentilchili #quinoacrackers #spicy #healthy #easy #autumn #comfortfood #glutenfreevegan
 A hearty, comforting and filling vegetarian chili chock full of protein-rich lentils, butternut squash, onion, chiles, peppers, garlic, tomatoes and warming spices galore. Served alongside some perfectly complementary crispy & spicy chickpea quinoa crackers, you have one big, filling bowl of gluten-free, vegan, nutritious deliciousness perfect for an autumn's eve'! #vegetarianchili #butternutsquashchili #lentilchili #quinoacrackers #spicy #healthy #easy #autumn #comfortfood #glutenfreevegan

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Lentil and Butternut Squash Vegetarian Chili with Spicy Chickpea Quinoa Crackers (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
A hearty, comforting and filling vegetarian chili chock full of protein-rich lentils, butternut squash, onion, chiles, peppers, garlic, tomatoes and warming spices galore. Served alongside some perfectly complementary crispy & spicy chickpea quinoa crackers, you have one big, filling bowl of gluten-free, vegan, nutritious deliciousness perfect for an autumn's eve'!
Ingredients
  • Spicy Chickpea Quinoa Crackers:
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked (I like red quinoa)
  • 3/4 cup garbanzo bean (chickpea) flour
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 10 tbs water
  • oil, for greasing
  • Lentil and Butternut Squash Vegetarian Chili:
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 roasted green chiles or jalapenos, finely chopped
  • 1 sweet bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups dry brown lentils
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce or salsa of choice
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbs coconut sugar
  • 1 tbs ground cumin
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground oregano
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash, fresh or frozen
  • 2 tbs fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 1 batch of spicy chickpea quinoa crackers (see recipe above)
  • Optional Garnishes: cheese, sour cream or yogurt, cilantro
Instructions
Spicy Chickpea Quinoa Crackers: Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Grease parchment paper with a bit of olive or coconut oil. In a large bowl combine quinoa, flour, and spices. Mix to combine. Gradually stir in water. Mix well. Pour cracker batter onto your greased parchment lined cookie sheet. Using a spatula, spread the batter into a thin and even layer. Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until crisp and edges are beginning to brown. Let cool and then break up into crackers.Lentil and Butternut Squash Vegetarian Chili:In a large pot over medium heat add olive oil, onion, garlic, chiles or jalepenos, and bell pepper. Saute for 5 minutes.Turn heat to high, and then stir in lentils, tomato sauce or salsa, broth, and spices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.Stir in butternut squash. Simmer for 20 minutes longer.Turn off heat. Stir in cilantro and lemon juice.Salt to taste.Cover and let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.Optionally, garnish with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream (or yogurt) and fresh chopped cilantro. Serve with Spicy Chickpea Quinoa Crackers (recipe above).Enjoy!
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6 servings
Calories: 440
Fat: 11 g
 
 A hearty, comforting and filling vegetarian chili chock full of protein-rich lentils, butternut squash, onion, chiles, peppers, garlic, tomatoes and warming spices galore. Served alongside some perfectly complementary crispy &amp; spicy chickpea quinoa crackers, you have one big, filling bowl of gluten-free, vegan, nutritious deliciousness perfect for an autumn's eve'! #vegetarianchili #butternutsquashchili #lentilchili #quinoacrackers #spicy #healthy #easy #autumn #comfortfood #glutenfreevegan