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Raw Vegan Chili

There are a lot of recipes for raw, vegan chili but of course, with the weather changing, I though it was time for me to throw my hat into the raw chili ring! This is a super simple recipe that requires no dehydrator!


Balancing flavors and textures is alway my number one goal and this dish delivers. Just remember to soak your lentils the night before and they will be ready when you are! You can also cut down time by marinating the veggies the night before if you wish.

I love the crunch and freshness that the soaked lentils bring to this chili. Just make sure you throw them in water to soak the night before and you will be good to go. You can also prep and marinate the veggies in advance if you wish. This goes together quickly and with a quick warm in the dehydrator or on the stove, dinner is ready in a snap. I love this topped with a little avocado but that is completely optional.

If you heat this on the stove, be extremely careful if you want to keep it raw. Use very low heat, stir frequently and once it starts to warm to the touch, be prepared to remove to another bowl as the temp will rise VERY quickly. Keep in mind, it will continue to warm even after you remove it from the heat so stop when it barely warms. Alternatively, you can heat it in your dehydrator, if you have one. You can even eat it cold as it is delicious that way for lunch.

I am so excited about this one I am going to be serving it at my dinner party Saturday night. I already know I am going to have to make a second batch!


Susan’s Note:

Chop the veggies in your food processor. It is super fast!

Also: If you do have a dehydrator, do the marinating of the veggies in that. After you toss the veggies with the marinade, spread the mixture on non-stick sheets and place in dehydrator at 115 for an hour. It adds a whole depth of flavor that is delicious.


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  1. Sal wrote on January 25, 2017

    This counds good. What is the chili powder? Is that the regualr chili powder seasoning?

    • Susan wrote on January 30, 2017

      Yes, It is chili powder seasoning. Cheers!

  2. Heather wrote on October 3, 2015

    I just made this. I was happy to find a nut/seed free recipe. Can I just say that is ABSOLUTELY FREAKING AMAZING! Thank you so very much. Yum, yum, yummmmmmmmy!

    • Susan wrote on October 5, 2015

      So glad you liked it, Heather! Cheers!

      • Alice wrote on May 19, 2017

        Is it ok for the lentils not to be sprouted? They don’t have to be cooked? We have some split red lentils here and weren’t sure what to do with it in our raw diet, but seems like this recipe might be the answer? Thank you!

        • Susan wrote on May 30, 2017

          By soaking the lentils, you are beginning the sprouting. Lentils sprout very quickly. They should be fine. Cheers!


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