Vegetarian Chili {Stovetop or Slow Cooker}

An easy three bean chili that can be made on the stovetop or in the crock pot, both with just minutes of prep time. 

Vegetarian Chili - an easy recipe that you can make in your slow cooker or on the stovetop. #crockpot

Okay guys. I know there are a million and one chili recipes out there. And possibly even that many vegetarian chili recipes. But I’ve got a couple of reasons why you should make this one. Give it a try, and I’m certain you will fall in love with this Vegetarian Chili.

Here’s why. As is my way these days, this recipe is so super duper easy. You can even choose whether you’d like to make this Vegetarian Chili on the stovetop or in the slow cooker. Either way involves very little prep, it just depends on when you have time in your day to get dinner started. If you’re at home in the middle of the day and want to get a head start on things, then go for the slow cooker version. If your day is busy or you’re at work, then it will only take you a few minutes in the evening to get this Vegetarian Chili prepped and cooked. I’ve included recipes for both methods below.

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Vegetarian Chili - an easy recipe that you can make in your slow cooker or on the stovetop. #crockpot

Let’s talk about flavor for a minute. We’ve got red onion, bell peppers, and three kinds of beans going on here. Plus garlic, chili powder (I love Penzey’s medium-hot), cumin, and a dash of cinnamon. Don’t leave out the cinnamon, it’s my secret chili ingredient! And toppings. The best part about a bowl or mug of chili is the toppings, right? I added Greek yogurt, cilantro, and Monterey jack cheese to mine. Crushed tortilla chips would also be amazing. Or forget crushing them and just use them to spoon this Vegetarian Chili by the scoopful into your mouth. I won’t tell. 😉

Vegetarian Chili - an easy recipe that you can make in your slow cooker or on the stovetop. #crockpot

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Vegetarian Chili {Stovetop Method}
 
An easy three bean chili that can be made on the stovetop or in the crock pot, both with just minutes of prep time.
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped into ½-inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ tsp. medium-hot chili powder (or more to taste if using mild)
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • 28 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 15 oz. can kidney beans
  • 15 oz. can black beans
  • 15 oz. can pinto beans
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • optional toppings: Greek yogurt, cilantro, cheese, crushed tortilla chips
Directions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and bell peppers and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, and cinnamon and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in diced tomatoes, beans, and broth. Bring to a low simmer and cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with toppings as desired.
Vegetarian Chili {Slow Cooker Method}
 
An easy three bean chili that can be made on the stovetop or in the crock pot, both with just minutes of prep time.
Recipe type: Main Dish, Slow Cooker
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped into ½-inch pieces
  • 15 oz. can kidney beans
  • 15 oz. can black beans
  • 15 oz. can pinto beans
  • 28 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 ½ cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 ½ tsp. medium-hot chili powder (or more to taste if using mild)
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • optional toppings: Greek yogurt, cilantro, cheese, crushed tortilla chips
Directions
  1. Place all ingredients in slow cooker, stir. Cook on low for 5-6 hours. Stir; serve with toppings as desired.

Vegetarian Chili - an easy recipe that you can make in your slow cooker or on the stovetop. #crockpot

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