Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili

Football, beer and chili. They’re just meant to be together.

On Sunday, after our Cape trip and Indian dinner, Z and I wanted nothing more than to relax at home with friends. The Patriots were on in the afternoon, so we spent the morning cleaning, cooking and getting things done around the house. Since we were going to be home all day, I wanted the house to smell of something delicious cooking – which is when I decided to get my crockpot out of the pantry and full of something tasty.

We had several cans of beans in our pantry and veggie sausage that needed to be used up, so I decided to whip up my own recipe for vegetarian chili. The end result was spicy, flavorful, and full of varying textures. Topped with some shredded cheddar cheese, it was a big hit with all of our football- (and chili-) loving friends.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili
Yields: 8 servings
-2 15 oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed
-1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
-1 15 oz. can vegetarian baked beans
-1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
-1 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
-1 onion, chopped
-1 green bell pepper, chopped
-2 tbsp. minced garlic
-10 jarred jalapeno slices, chopped (or 1 fresh jalapeno, seeded and chopped)
-2 vegetarian sausage links, chopped
-1 cup beer (I used Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest)
-1 tbsp. chili powder
-1 tsp. cumin
-1 tbsp. dried parsley
-1/4 tsp. cayenne
-Salt and pepper, to taste
-Shredded cheddar cheese, for garnish

1.) Place above ingredients in a slow cooker and stir. Cook on high for 4 hours (I cooked it an extra 2 hours on low).

On the side (and for dipping), I also made some avocado olive oil “cupcakes.” Recipe to come!

Do you own/use a crockpot? If so, what's your favorite thing to make in it?


  1. I adore my slow cooker. I love making soups, roasts, shortrbis, etc. And yes, I love the smell of something slow cooking all day long while you sit back and enjoy the day!

  2. I don't use my slow cooker enough that's for sure. But this chili looks so good! I am definitely bookmarking this. :-)

  3. I do own a crockpot but haven't used it in awhile!! I need to change that.

  4. Glad you like the looks of this recipe, Alaina! Let me know if you make it.

  5. Sounds like a perfect Sunday meal. I make crock pot chicken quesadillas a lot.

  6. This sounds amazing! I'm a long-time vegetarian [ 11 years ], but I am always looking for great new veggie recipes! And this sounds like something my meat-loving boyfriend would enjoy, too!

  7. Sarah, Glad this is a recipe you'd like to try! And yes...most of our friends are meat eaters, and they loved this. Let me know what your boyfriend thinks!