Slow Cooker Easy 3-Bean Chili - THE Crock Pot chili recipe in our house. A vegan recipe with options for the carnivores, if you like.
I’ve tried many, many variations of vegetarian chili over the years. Super simple chili, chili with a gazillion ingredients, chili with “secret ingredients” like unsweetened cocoa or brewed coffee (both very good, actually).

But this slow cooker chili recipe is the one that’s been floating around on a piece of paper with the title of “THE Chili.” My guy took a bite of his version (with meat) and said, “This is it. You can stop at this one. It’s perfect.” I feel the same way about the vegan version.

Slow Cooker Easy 3-Bean Chili - THE Crock Pot chili recipe in our house. A vegan recipe with options for the carnivores, if you like.

The bonus is that this Slow-Cooker Easy 3-Bean Vegetarian Chili is super simple to throw together, and takes next to no work to cook.

It bubbles in the Crock Pot all day, simmering to dinnertime perfection. If you’re okay with the vegan version, it’s done when you get home. If you want it one-dish-two-ways style, just brown the ground beef, simmer some of the chili together with the meat for a bit, and dinner’s ready.

Slow Cooker Easy 3-Bean Chili - THE Crock Pot chili recipe in our house. A vegan recipe with options for the carnivores, if you like.

As-is without the Tabasco, this is a nice, mild, family-friendly chili – not much heat at all. Add the Tabasco at the end, offer it up as a topping, or omit it altogether, depending on your preferences.

Freezer notes

This chili freezes really well. I scoop leftovers into freezer bags, label, and stick in the freezer for super-easy future meals or even to top nachos. Double the recipe to ensure lots of extra – just make sure you’re using a big Crock Pot!

Slow Cooker Easy 3-Bean Chili - THE Crock Pot chili recipe in our house. A vegan recipe with options for the carnivores, if you like.

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 8 hrs
Total: 8 hrs 20 mins

Slow-Cooker Easy Three-Bean Chili

4.58 stars from 7 ratings
THE Chili recipe around here. Three kinds of beans + onions, green peppers, fire-roasted tomatoes, and spices bubble in the Crock Pot while you go about your day. Ground beef can go in the carnivores' portions if you like. Chili two ways=a happy home!
Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chili beans in sauce
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (15-ounce can) black beans, drained
  • 2 (15-ounce cans) fire-roasted diced tomatoes (crushed tomatoes are also good)
  • 2 medium green peppers (chopped (about 3 cups chopped))
  • 2 medium yellow onions (chopped (about 3 cups chopped))
  • 2 medium cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 20 dashes Tabasco sauce (optional)

If adding ground beef to half:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

If adding ground beef to all:

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients except the Tabasco (if using) and the ground beef to the slow-cooker/Crock Pot. Stir. Cook on low for 8 - 10 hours or on high for 5-6 hours. Taste and add Tabasco if desired. If serving an all-vegan chili, skip to "Serve with toppings."
  • In a medium or large saucepan, brown the ground beef over medium heat with a little salt and pepper for flavor, if you wish. Drain off any fat. Add five cups of the chili to the browned ground beef. Stir, continuing the medium heat, and heat until boiling. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 - 30 minutes.
  • In a medium or large saucepan, brown the ground beef over medium heat with a little salt and pepper for flavor, if you wish. Drain off any fat. Add to the chili in the Crock Pot either at the beginning of the cooking process or near the end.
  • Serve with assorted toppings such as diced avocado, fresh cilantro, chopped onions, sour cream (or vegan sour cream), grated cheddar or jack cheese (or vegan cheese), and some Tabasco or Tapatio sauce.

Notes

Nutrition info does not include ground beef. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 59kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 255mg, Potassium: 450mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 1110IU, Vitamin C: 48mg, Calcium: 75mg, Iron: 3mg
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