Skyline Lentil Chili

  • Recipe By
  • Published Aug 17th
  • Ready In1h 35m
  • Servings10
  • Calories77
Serve chili over spaghetti and top with chopped onion, finely shredded Cheddar cheese, kidney beans, and Tabasco® sauce. I used to love Skyline Cincinnati-style chili. When I went vegetarian I came up with this Skyline lentil chili to give me that Skyline taste. I use green or black lentils as the protein where standard Cincinnati-style would use ground meat. Even though I've gone back to eating meat this is still my preferred way to get my Skyline fix.

Skyline Lentil Chili Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Skyline Lentil Chili for 10 servings:

  • Seasoning Mix:
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder, or more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 (1 ounce) square unsweetened chocolate, grated
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Lentil Chili:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed
  • 2 cups diced onions
  • 2 cups diced green bell pepper
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups dry lentils
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup water, or as needed (optional)

Skyline Lentil Chili Cooking Instructions

  • Prep15m
  • Cook1h 20m
  • Ready In1h 35m

To cook Skyline Lentil Chili, you need about 15 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Skyline Lentil Chili is about 1 hour 20 minutes , and you can serve your Skyline Lentil Chili within 1 hour 35 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Skyline Lentil Chili easily:

  1. 1 Mix chili powder, garlic powder, unsweetened chocolate, cinnamon, cumin, salt, cayenne pepper, allspice, cloves, and bay leaf together in a bowl until seasoning mix is well combined.
  2. 2 Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat; cook and stir onions and green bell pepper until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add vegetable broth and lentils; simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in seasoning mix, tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce; simmer for 1 hour more, adding water if chili gets too thick.
  3. 3 Remove bay leaf from chili. Blend chili using an immersion blender until desired consistency is reached.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • If you want this to be vegan, use vegan Worcestershire sauce cheese.
  • Note, if you're not familiar with Cincinnati-style chili - this is not regular chili. It is a sauce served over spaghetti (or as a dip with crackers or on bread), topped with Cheddar cheese.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 77 calories; 2.9 grams of fat; 12.1 grams of carbohydrates; 2.3 grams of protein; 0 milligrams of cholesterol; 658 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Mar 4th 2018

    What a great recipe! The seasoning is amazing. The method leaves you with a lovely chili even though mine was pretty thick. I served it as written in the description with onions, kidney bean ...