Roasted Yellow Chili
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Roasted Yellow Split Pea Tortilla Soup

*Please note that you will want to soak split peas for a minimum of 6 hours to overnight before roasting.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes


  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, yellow or green; chopped
  • 2 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 15 oz can tomatoes, diced
  • 15 oz black beans, (1 can undrained)
  • 15 oz kidney beans, (1 can undrained)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup split peas, yellow, (there is no need to soak ahead of time)
  • 1/4 cup roasted split peas
  • 2 tsp salt, (or to taste)
  • 2 tsp chili powder, (or to taste)
  • 2 tsp cumin, (or to taste)


  • garnish, roasted split yellow peas*, chopped cilantro, grated cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions, tortilla chips

Roasted Yellow Split Peas

  • 1 cup split peas, yellow
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper


For the Roasted Yellow Split Peas*

  • Pour 1 cup split peas into a large bowl. Cover with about 3 cups of water, but enough to cover the peas plus about 3/4 more, cover bowl. Soak for a minimum of 6 hours but up to overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Drain and rinse the split peas. Pat dry with a paper towel. Return split peas to bowl and add the olive oil, stir. Add all the spices and stir to coat the peas completely.
  • Spread the peas over the parchment paper and put into the oven to roast. Stir after 10 minutes. Stir every 5 minutes for another 10 to 20 minutes of roasting.
  • Check consistency after 15 minutes for amount of crunch you want. The longer you roast, the crunchier the peas become.


  • After peas are roasted, brown ground beef along with chopped onions and chopped peppers, continue until ground beef is cooked thoroughly and onions are transluce
  • To a large pot, add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, canned beans, salsa, split peas – both roasted and dried, and spices.
  • Add ground beef with onions and peppers.
  • Simmer until split peas are tender about 30 to 40 minutes. Serve with garnishes.