Crock Pot Vegetarian Chili

I love, love, love my Crock Pot. I mean, how cool is it that you can throw a bunch of stuff in there in the morning, turn it on low, and come home to a delicious home-cooked dinner, all ready for you to dig in?

By the way, have you seen this three-pot Crock Pot? Talk about some serious Crock Potting! That’s just over-the-top crazy. Who needs THREE at a time?! (Okay, I kind of want one.)

Anyway, now that I’m embracing fall (really, I love fall, but summer was so wonderful it was hard to let go), I’ve pulled out the Crock Pot and am ready to put it to work.

A couple days ago, we feasted on inaugural bowls of Crock Pot Vegetarian Chili. Mmmm.

Crock Pot Vegetarian Chili

It’s got a couple of untraditional ingredients, I know – but I think they add some really nice complexity. And if you’re putting this together in the morning, it’s totally convenient to just sacrifice a little of the morning coffee you’ve already brewed up.

Here’s the recipe:

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Crock Pot Vegetarian Chili

This easy slow cooker vegetarian chili tastes good enough to win a competition. Even if the competition is just in your home.


  • 2 cans diced tomatoes, drained (just get as much of the liquid out as possible)
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely minced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon worchestershire sauce (if you care, there are vegetarian versions)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • If you have it, Dave's Insanity Sauce. A TINY amount. TINY. Like, pour a little out of the bottle so a little just touches the end of a spoon, and stir that in.
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Throw it all in to the Crock Pot, except for the salt and pepper. Stir.
  2. Cook on low for 8 hours or so. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve topped with goodies like chopped onion, sour cream, and cheddar cheese.
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(Oh, dear Crock Pot. I’ve missed you.)


Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.