Ingredients 2 ounces dates (approximately 9 Deglet Noor) 1 pound red lentils 7 cups water، divided 2 14.5-ounce cans salt-free diced tomatoes (fire roasted preferred) 1 6-ounce can salt-free tomato paste 10 ounces chopped onion (approximately one large) 1 pound red bell pepper، (approximately 2 large)، finely chopped* 8 cloves garlic، finely minced 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1½ tablespoons dried parsley 1½ tablespoons dried oregano 1½ tablespoons salt-free chili powder 2 teaspoons smoked paprika (different than regular paprika) ½ teaspoon chipotle powder (or more to taste) ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or more to taste) scallions (for topping at the end) Faux Parmesan (for topping at the end)
Directions Blend the dates in one cup of the water until smooth. (I like to use the food processor so it’s almost a puree.) Place all remaining ingredients in an electric pressure cooker and cook on high for 10 minutes. Alternatively، place all ingredients in a slow cooker (with 6 cups water) and cook on low for 8 hours. Sprinkle with chopped scallions and serve with baked tortilla chips or over a baked potato.