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Slow Cooker Vegan Chili

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Rating: 5/5
5 reviews

ready in: over 5 hrs
serves/makes:   4

recipe id: 21195
cook method: stovetop

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olive oil
2 large yellow onions, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced fairly large
1 green bell pepper, diced fairly large
2 cans (28 ounce size) crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne (or to your taste)
1 package frozen corn
2 cans (15 ounce size) black beans (or any other kind of beans you like, chickpeas work well, too)
1 1/2 cup picante sauce
salt, to taste
grated cheddar cheese, if desired
cashew nuts, if desired


Saute onions in the olive oil. Add garlic. After onion and garlic are golden brown, add cumin, cayenne, and any other spices. Cook for a few minutes longer.

Add the diced peppers and saute for a few minutes. Combine the crushed tomatoes, corn, beans and picante sauce into the crock pot; add the onion mixture. Cook on low about 10 hours.

Serve with grated cheddar and cashew nuts, if desired.

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444 calories, 4 grams fat, 87 grams carbohydrates, 23 grams protein per serving.
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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I'm not a vegan but I do love a good black bean chili and I usually make my chili meatless anyway. This has a lot of flavor. Very southwestern style.

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Love this recipe! A must have for the winter blues.

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I agree with "Darkmoonlord" this shouldn't be called "Vegan" and then give the option to add cheese ... Either the title needs to change or the cheese needs to be eliminated as a possible ingredient ... : )

CDKitchen Staff Reply:
Vegans *probably* know they can use vegan cheese in this recipe, and I assume that is what the poster used in order to call this vegan.

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darkmoonlord, it's vegan without the cheddar cheese. It says "if desired" after grated cheddar is listed. You don't have to add it.

Registered Member at
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Apr 23, 2005

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
YUM! I'm a novice cook & this was perfect for me to make for my husband. I added about 1/2 lb of cooked, drained, (& spiced to taste) ground beef, but it would have been just as good w/out the meat. *don't add the beef until the end

One problem I had was that I used uncooked beans. You should use canned beans like the recipe implies. Or, if you use uncooked bagged beans like I did, be sure to soak them overnight & THEN BOIL THEM until they are soft (maybe 3 hours?). I am new to cooking & didn't boil them before I put them in the crockpot. They never really got as soft as they should have been.

I recommend jalepino/mexican cornbread with the chili...the combo was yummy (& we had great leftovers for days)!


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Nov 23, 2003

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
how soes cheddar cheese fit a vegan lifestyle????

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Nov 23, 2003

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Tried this, it's great. I'm not even a vegetarian. I served it with rice, would also be great with fresh bread. I like spicy, so I also added hot sauce.

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