Vegan Slow Cooker Chili

Vegan slow cooker chili is hearty, comforting, and easily made in the slow cooker! A great healthy dinner option.

Vegan Slow Cooker Chili

First of all, happy February! I feel like chili was just made for the winter. The dreary, dark, freezing cold months where life can get crazy and you probably don’t feel like putting much effort into dinner. I know I’ve definitely been there.

This slow cooker chili is here to make your day! Literally just dump everything into your slow cooker, press a few buttons, and your dinner is ready in a matter of hours with practically no work on your part.

Vegan Slow Cooker Chili

Personally, my favorite base for chili is tomatoes. In this recipe I used crushed tomatoes and tomato paste – if you don’t want much tomato flavor, just leave the paste out! The tomatoes just give the vegan slow cooker chili a great thick, but not heavy base to complement the other flavors.

Next up is the beans. This is totally up to your preference, also. While I used pinto beans for this batch, I’m pretty partial to black beans, so I’ll probably be trying that variation soon.

Vegan Slow Cooker Chili

Finally, all the veggie goodness! I went with onion, frozen corn, a poblano pepper, and kale. I know, I know. Kale in chili? What the what?!

Trust me. The kale cooks down with everything and gets amazingly delicious. Can’t describe it. You just have to try it for yourself! Not to mention despite all the hype/public obsession, kale is good as heck for ya. So just toss some in there and trust me.

Vegan Slow Cooker Chili

Once everything is in the slow cooker, set it on low for four hours and you’re good to go!

Vegan Slow Cooker Chili

This vegan slow cooker chili is a lifesaver when your schedule gets hectic but you still want a soul-warming, healthy dinner. It’s got the rich tomato base, is full of hearty beans, and has great texture and flavor from the corn, kale and other veggies. Hope you guys love it!

Vegan Slow Cooker Chili

If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes/what you think! Take a picture and tag me @beamingbanana on Instagram. Happy baking!

Vegan Slow Cooker Chili

Ingredients

  • 2 cans pinto beans
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 poblano pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup of kale leaves (torn off the stems)
  • 1 c water
  • Seasoning, as desired
  • Cauliflower (to serve over cauliflower rice)

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients except the seasoning and cauliflower to the slow cooker, and cook on low for 4 hours.
  2. Turn off the slow cooker and let the chili cool.
  3. If serving over cauliflower rice, break up cauliflower florets into the food processor, then process until it becomes chopped up to the consistency of rice.
  4. Serve chili over the cauliflower rice, top with jalapeños, nutritional yeast, etc!
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Vegan Slow Cooker Chili