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Simple Crockpot Vegan Chili Recipe

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Start with dry beans in the morning, cook them all day, add your seasonings, then cook it another hour and you’ve got my super Simple Crockpot Vegan Chili Recipe!

So simple and yet so welcoming as the days get cooler and we long for soups and stews to take the chill off.

Crock Pot Vegetarian Chili

“Can I have your Crockpot Vegan Chili Recipe?”

I was messaged the other day about my Vegan Chili. My friend wanted the recipe. She said it was “delicious” unfortunately I had to tell her that I’d thrown it together and didn’t have a recipe.

But I sent her a list of the spices I used. And then I also let her know my secret ingredient. You can find the secret ingredient in the recipe card at the end of my post!

PS it’s the third ingredient from the bottom if you’re unsure which ingredient is the secret ingredient.

Cook Dry Beans in the Crockpot

This is a game-changer right here when you discover you can cook dry beans in the crockpot, your crockpot life expands.

  • you can soak and cook beans for use THAT day which is great
  • or soak and cook beans ahead of time for another use
  • freeze or refrigerate cooked beans, use when you need cooked beans!

Beans in cans are a timesaver for sure but when you compare the cost of beans in cans to dry beans you realize you’re paying a lot more. So I like to cook dry beans, for now, or later.

Plus the health benefits of beans are well known but did you know beans in cans can actually be unhealthy? The amount of salt they add to them isn’t healthy for anyone who needs to cut the salt in their diet.

I’m always cutting salt, which happens naturally when you give up the processed foods, so canned beans are quite a salty shock to our family. Beans cooked from their dry form only have the salt you add to them. Good news for your heart!

Vegan chili in a bowl.

Crockpot Dinners We Love

I know we all love hearty dinners that welcome you home after a long day. Try our family favorites such as this easy Crockpot Cordon Bleu or my Crockpot Bean with Bacon! Or if you need another VEGAN dinner idea here’s my Instant Pot Vegetarian Posole recipe, completely NOT traditional.

I often get asked what kind of Crockpot I use. Turns out I don’t have a Crockpot® I have a SLOW COOKER. Crockpot® is a brand name but it’s what I call it and I find it a hard habit to break!

I use a Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker that is old and no longer sold by them. It has a few features I love such as:

  • a removable crock (interior pot)
  • a metal crock which means I can brown meat on the stovetop and then put the pan right in the outer shell
  • a retractable cord!

I haven’t seen ANY pots like the one I have. This Cuisinart Slow Cooker has a metal insert. But I haven’t found ANY with that handy dandy retractable cord I love so much!

Yield: 12 servings

Crockpot Vegan Chili

Crock Pot Vegetarian Chili
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups dry pinto beans
  • 1 1/2 cups of dry kidney beans
  • water to cover the beans by 4 inches
  • 16 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 TBSP Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 cups salsa
  • cayenne to taste, or not at all
  • salt to taste


  1. rinse the beans and place in the crockpot
  2. cover with water, you need about 4 inches of water ABOVE the dry beans
  3. cover and cook on high until beans are cooked through, in my crockpot, this is about 6-8 hours
  4. once beans are cooked through drain off most of the cooking water, leaving just 1-2 cups, more if you like it that way, in with the cooked beans
  5. add the tomatoes, corn, spices, salsa, and cayenne if you're using it
  6. taste for salt, add some as needed
  7. cover and let it cook another hour or so
  8. taste for salt and spices, add more of anything you need

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Laura is on a mission to teach modern family oriented women how to make old-fashioned foods new again. A wife and mom of 3 boys, Laura understands the struggles of trying to serve a home-cooked meal each night. She provides recipes and cooking hacks for busy moms to create dishes they may think take more time or skill than they have to make. Read more...

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