Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili

Fall and winter are always the seasons when I find myself out of time and out of ideas for things to make for dinner. I'm blaming the lack of enthusiasm on the cold and the fact it gets dark at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon. With the cold weather, eating warm and hearty foods is so inviting and comforting. My slow cooker has been neglected the past few months and this recipe from Real Simple seemed the perfect time to break it back out. The great thing about a stew or a chili is that you can play around with the ingredients a little bit. I added some carrots in, and swapped out the sweet potatoes for yellow potatoes because that's what I had on hand. For this recipe, you'll need:

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  •  1 medium yellow, red or sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15.5 oz can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 15.5 oz can kidney beans, rinsed
  1. Prep your vegetables and garlic.

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2. Add all your ingredients into the slow cooker.

Because I use beans and lentils that I buy in bulk and soak overnight, I had black-eyed beans and well as black beans and kidney beans that I needed to use up. I suspect with this chili that pretty much any bean or legume would be delicious in it.

Once the ingredients are mixed together, add 1 cup of water.

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3. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or high for 4 to 5 hours, until the potatoes are tender and the chili has thickened.

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With winter and it getting dark outside so early, the lighting in my basement suite becomes non-existent, so hardly any pictures turn out. But it looked and tasted delicious, I promise!

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I'm a huge fan of meals that can be achieved in one dish because who doesn't love the ease of only having a bowl to eat from and one pot to clean up? This can be topped with cheese (my favourite being feta), sour cream, avocado, radishes, tortilla chips and the list goes on. I think this would be great to serve at a get together with a whole topping station for people to dress up their chili as they please.

What are your favourite slow cooker dishes?

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