during the winter months, I catch myself making chili almost weekly. apparently my wintertime cravings include: cozy sweatshirts, a warm fireplace, soft blankets, and a bowl of chili.
a warm bowl of chili may offer some comfort during the colder months, but it’s become a year-round staple in our household. if a recipe passes our rigorous testing, it is added to our dinner rotation. the criteria for our rigorous testing is as follows: 1. delicious, 2. requires 30 minutes (or less) to make, 3. the littles will happily eat it. bonus point: if it can be made in a slow cooker.
this vegetarian slow cooker chili is a FAM favorite. I especially love how little attention it requires from me. in the morning, I throw all of the chili ingredients into our slow cooker. we go about our day, and when we arrive home that evening, dinner is ready! I consider it one of my super powers (with some credit given to the slow cooker).
vegetarian slow cooker chili
besides the onion, green pepper + garlic, this chili is made entirely of items you can find in your pantry. (assuming you stock up on beans + lentils like we do). it is packed with protein + nutrients, making it a guilt-free comfort food. per my opinion.
• 1 can black beans, rinse + drain
• 1 can kidney beans, rinse + drain
• 1 cup lentils, rinse + drain
• 32 oz can crushed tomatoes
• white onion, diced
• green pepper, diced
• 1 tbsp minced garlic
• 4 cups vegetable broth
• 1 tbsp worcestershire
• 1 tsp liquid smoke
• 2 tbsp chili powder, 1 tbsp cumin, 1/2 tbsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp basil, salt + pepper
optional toppings: elbow noodles, shredded cheese, hot sauce
• throw all ingredients into a slow cooker (except for the optional toppings)
• cook on low for 7-8 hours, or high for 4 hours
• place a large spoonful of chili over cooked elbow noodles and top with your favorite toppings
this chili recipe is NOT spicy. our toddler will throw a large-scale temper tantrum at the slightest hint of spice. so, I’ve had to learn to tone down nearly all of my recipes. please add as much spice as you’d like when seasoning. if you too have spice-haters in your household, add your favorite hot sauce to your bowl of chili before eating. that’s what I do.