Crock Pot Madras Lentils

These Crock Pot Madras Lentils are inexpensive, easy, and delicious! If you like Tasty Bite Madras Lentils, you have to try this homemade crockpot alternative!

My seven-year-old daughter is a pretty healthy eater. She’s crazy about vegetables and she likes lean protein. I mean, she loves candy and chips and all of the other garbage food, too,but if she gets a “treat” at the grocery store, her choice is usually a can of green beans. She doesn’t get her admirable eating habits from either of her parents, that’s for sure.

Her current obsession is these Tasty Bite Madras Lentils. They are super convenient, and she can cook them herself in the microwave safe pouch, which she would do for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if we let her. The problem is, they aren’t cheap. These Indian lentils cost between $3 and $4 a pouch at our local grocery store, and my girl demolishes an entire pouch herself.

My daughter’s current obsession.

While I’ll always have Tasty Bite Madras Lentils in my pantry for convenient meals, I wanted to try to recreate the recipe in my slow cooker to save a few bucks. I can freeze them in portions to pull out and serve them alone, over rice, mixed with macaroni and cheese (my nine-year-old son’s favorite), or mixed with rice in a tortilla. Madras Lentils can even be mixed with cream cheese or Velveeta for a quick, easy, and super unhealthy dip.

You guys! I’m so happy with how these turned out! This Crock Pot Madras Lentil recipe did not disappoint. It was easy to whip up, and it made a good amount of lentils. My girl happily ate three bowls of it the first night, and her brother did the same. Honestly, I’m shocked they didn’t get bellyaches from all those beans. We did such good work on the Crock Pot Madras Lentils, I didn’t get a chance to freeze any.

I guess I need to make another batch!

I used my 6 Quart Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker to make this Crock Pot Madras Lentils recipe.

These Crockpot Madras Lentils are inexpensive, easy, and delicious! If you like Tasty Bite Madras Lentils, you have to try this homemade alternative!

Crock Pot Madras Lentils

INGREDIENTS

1/2 lb dried lentils
1 4 oz can diced green chilis
1 15 oz can small red kidney beans
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 medium onion, minced
6 cups beef or vegetable broth
1 TBSP chili powder
1 TBSP cumin
1/2 cup heavy cream
Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients EXCEPT HEAVY CREAM in slow cooker and stir to combine.
Cover and cook on LOW 4 to 5 hours.
Stir in heavy cream.
Using an immersion blender (or a blender or food processor in batches), puree until to desired thickness.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Serve alone or over rice, and top with cheese and/or sour cream.

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Ingredients
  • ½ lb dried lentils
  • 1 4 oz can diced green chilis
  • 1 15 oz can small red kidney beans
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 6 cups beef or vegetable broth
  • 1 TBSP chili powder
  • 1 TBSP cumin
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients EXCEPT HEAVY CREAM in slow cooker and stir to combine.
  2. Cover and cook on LOW 4 to 5 hours.
  3. Stir in heavy cream.
  4. Using an immersion blender (or a blender or food processor in batches), puree until to desired thickness.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve alone or over rice, and top with cheese or sour cream.

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7 thoughts on “Crock Pot Madras Lentils

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  2. I buy these same lentils at Costco for about $1.50/pack (2 servings). Maybe the packs you buy are bigger. Tasty Bite seems to have changed the recipe lately and the result is watery and bland. Your recipe using green chilies really appeals to me, plus it make a lot of servings I can freeze. I’m going to try it. Thanks for sharing.

    1. We tried Tasty Bite first at Costco, but don’t get there often, so we buy it at the local grocery store. I’m not surprised Costco has a better price point! Let me know if you try my version, and I’d love to hear your feedback.

  3. Thanks for the recipe . Yes same here I was looking to recreate or copy tasty bite but unfortunately I was not satisfied with this particular recipe it taste a little to tomatoe sauce like and the spices were a bit more over whelming.
    I quess for now I will stick to the slightly over priced costco lintel chile Thanks Chris

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