In honor of my new Crockpot, I threw together a recipe for vegetarian chili that is so hearty and satisfying that you won’t miss the meat at all. The great thing about chili is you can completely adopt it to the ingredients you have on hand. I used canned beans in this recipe, but you can use dried if you have them – just soak them beforehand. I also used an onion and a pepper, but you can use other veggies, leave out the corn, add in extra spices, etc. etc.
Here’s (almost all of) what you need:
- 2 cans beans (I used dark red kidney, but any kind will do!)
- 1 can corn
- 1 can diced tomatoes (I used garlic and onion)
- 1 small can tomato paste
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 tbsp chili powder (more or less to taste)
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 poblano pepper (or other chili pepper)
To start, chop up the onion, bell pepper, and two cloves of garlic:
Heat up the olive oil in a pan over medium heat, add the chopped veggies, and heat until soft, about 3-4 minutes.
Once those are done, add everything to the crockpot except the corn, plus one can of water – (beans, veggies, tomatoes, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, and water).
Turn on low and heat for 6-8 hours until its to your desired consistency. About an hour before you’re ready to eat, add in the corn.
And that is IT!
Wil made us some vegan corn muffins to go with the chili, which had corn meal, white flour, apple cider vinegar, a flax egg (!), soy milk, and a touch of maple syrup.
I ate 2 with my chili.
Plus added some light sour cream and reduced fat cheddar for garnish.
This was AWESOME. Even Wil, who is a self proclaimed carnivore, loved this chili. It is so thick and hearty, and requires such little work. The entire prep time took about 15 minutes between chopping and sauteeing the veggies and then dumping everything into the slow cooker. I set it up in the morning yesterday before church, and by the time we got home our entire apartment was fragrant.
It’s a good thing I have leftovers for lunch today (with two extra corn muffins!) because the heater is broken in our office and it is FREEZING.
Are you a fan of chili? What’s your favorite type of chili? Feel free to leave links to your recipe on your blog if you have one! I’m always looking for new ideas.
I loooove regular chili, but also love black bean or black bean sweet potato chili! yum!