Green Chili Lentil Chowder

I have been pretty much obsessed with lentils for lunch lately. They are incredibly cheap, and they do the trick when it comes to protein. Trying to come up with different ways to eat lentils occupies my thoughts pretty often, as I tend to get bored having the same lunches week after week, so last Sunday I raided the cabinets and just started experimenting. I started by soaking 2 cups of red lentils and 1 cup of split peas in water until softened.

Once they had soaked up all of the water, I poured in a can of coconut milk.


It sort of looks like oatmeal. .  .

After I added the coconut milk, I added, you guessed it, curry powder, about 2 TSP plus a few good grinds of black pepper, a pinch of garlic powder, and 1 TSP chili powder.

I was doing a bunch of other things around the house, so I let this sit on the counter for a couple of hours, allowing the lentils and split peas to soak up the coconutty spice flavor.

Then I started adding in some other ingredients we had on hand.


A 4 ounce can of fire roasted green chile peppers


About 2 cups of Trader Joe’s fire roasted corn, one of my favorite ingredients


I didn’t even cook the mixture until I was at work there next day where I microwaved it for a minute and a half.

Definitely one of the better lunches I have had in awhile. Because of the lentils and split peas, this dish provides a protein packed punch in addition to vital antioxidants. I am learning a lot about antioxidants while reading The O2 Diet, an excellent book I received last week.

Paired with a piece of fruit, a handful of almonds, and a cup of mint tea, this soup was my lunch for a couple of days. . . and then I made another batch! I didn’t get tired of it this week, and I can’t wait to add in some more veggies and maybe another can of chilis for even MORE spice.

I just love creating recipes and improving on them! Have you had any successful, random combinations lately in the kitchen?

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Tags: chowder, lentils, Lunch, recipe, soup, vegetables, Vegetarian

  1. The Paris Food blague’s avatar

    ah gah i love lentils. and soup. i also love the word “chowder”. will have to try this asap.


  2. Simply Life’s avatar

    Great idea! I’ve never tried that TJ’s rice!


  3. Jessie’s avatar

    Lentils are such a great source of protein – nice chowder! I love using up leftovers. It’s soo satisfying. Soups and stews and casseroles are a great way to use up leftovers and sneak in veggies, too. This looks great!


  4. Andrea @’s avatar

    Mmm, I just discovered how great lentils are last week. Ever since, I’ve been using them in everything- lentil burgers, lentil chili. I just love how versatile they are, plus I love a mushy-ish texture.
    Your chowder looks amazing!! I’d love that. Anything with coconut milk is pure bliss. Thanks for the suggestion!


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      I have never made lentil burgers! I will have to give that a try!


    2. Kristi’s avatar

      I see another Trader Joes fan. Looks terrific!


    3. Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes’s avatar

      Oh this chowder sounds delicious! Yum!


    4. Constance C’s avatar

      That roasted corn is one of my favorite things! Sometimes I go to Trader Joes just to get that!


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