Slow Cooker Black Bean & Mango Caribbean Chili

If there were Academy Awards for recipes, I would nominate this for “Best New Chili in a Slow Cooker.” Can you nominate yourself for the Oscars? In my little fantasy recipe awards world, you totally can.

Slow Cooker Black Bean & Mango Caribbean Chili recipe - A savory and sweet taste of the tropics, this vegan chili will shake up your Crock Pot chili rotation. In a good way.
I might be biased, but seriously, this Slow Cooker Black Bean & Mango Caribbean Chili is top-notch. I’ve made my share of chili recipes (and adore every single one of them, being a chili fiend and all) – but in my book, this one is right up there with the best of them. It’s just different enough to be special, yet familiar enough to qualify as serious comfort food.

Slow Cooker Black Bean & Mango Caribbean Chili recipe - A savory and sweet taste of the tropics, this vegan chili will shake up your Crock Pot chili rotation. In a good way.

What makes this vegetarian Caribbean chili so different? Well, it’s Caribbean! Okay, so it’s not actually Caribbean, but it’s infused with Caribbean-influenced goodness. Black beans and peppers, for one. And we’ve got mangoes, of course, along with (yup) golden raisins thrown in. Trust me. The fruit adds this wonderful sweet contrast that melds wonderfully with the savory components.

And then there are the familiar chili spices – chili powder, cumin, even some smoked paprika. But then we’ve got cinnamon and allspice. And it so, so works.

I never thought I could be quite so excited about chili, but seriously. New fave right here.

I’d like to thank my Crock Pot. I couldn’t have done it without you! And black beans. Oh, and mangoes! You’re the secret ingredient, my friend!

Okay, so I need to work on my acceptance speech.

Slow Cooker Black Bean & Mango Caribbean Chili recipe - A savory and sweet taste of the tropics, this vegan chili will shake up your Crock Pot chili rotation. In a good way.

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