This slow cooker vegetarian chili may just change your mind about vegetarian recipes. Between the meat substitute and the beans, it’s super satisfying. It’s one of those recipes where flavors just come together perfectly, and the chili tastes even better as leftovers.
Is vegetarian food filling
Any cuisine can be healthy or unhealthy, filling or or barely making the grade. This slow cooker vegetarian chili recipe is packed with protein and fiber, so it’s very filling. Vegetarian recipes get a bad rap for leaving people hungry, but it’s really all about what you prepare. Meatless eating goes way beyond salads.
Check out these other satisfying, filling vegetarian recipes:
- Greek Yogurt Vegetarian Pasta Salad
- Grillable Homemade Veggie Burgers
- Vegetarian Mexican Risotto
- Vegetarian Swedish Meatballs in the Slow Cooker
How do I pick a meat substitute For Slow COoker Vegetarian CHili
There are several kinds of meat substitutes on the market now. decide what matters most. Generally, my advice is go with what you like. Morningstar and Quorn are good options if you are not a huge fan of things that taste close to real meat, while Beyond Meat and Boca are much closer to the real thing.
However, which one you choose for this particular slow cooker vegetarian recipe is not that big of a deal. I’ve made this slow cooker vegetarian chili recipe with both Aldi’s brand and Quorn. The flavors blend together so well that virtually any meat substitute will do. On that note, I have used both frozen crumbles and refrigerated mock ground and they both worked equally well.
For my vegan and gluten free friends, be sure to read the ingredients. The Quorn crumbles, for example, have egg whites in them. Here’s some options to help:
Where do I find vegetarian “ground beef”?
It’s pretty easy to find in most stores now. I’ve gotten meat substitutes at Target, Walmart, Aldi, Family Fare, Winn-Dixie, and Hy-Vee, just to name a few. There are several different places to look. I would check the frozen section, the health/natural foods section and the deli. I know it’s odd, but they’ve started to put plant-based meats in right in-between the hamburger.
This vegetarian slow cooker chili recipe is as easy as it is addictive. It can also be made vegan and gluten free.
- Cooking Spray
- 8 oz. package veggie crumbles
- 3 TB minced garlic
- 2 TB tomato paste
- Pepper to taste
- 1 TB taco seasoning
- 1 TB chili powder
- 1 tsp cilantro
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp white pepper
- 12 oz. amber beer
- 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 1 poblano pepper, seeds removed
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 2 cups beans, including liquid
- Brown veggie crumbles in cooking spray on medium heat until it starts to crisp up - approx. 15 -20 minutes. p
- Add garlic, tomato paste and pepper. Cook through 1-2 minutes more.
- Add crumble mixture and remaining ingredients to slow cooker. Cook on low for four hours.
- Top with desired ingredients. We used cheese, sour cream, tortilla strips, cilantro, and avocado. Leave out the dairy toppings and it's vegan!
Use any kind of beans you want, but black and pinto are my faves.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 185Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 508mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 8gSugar: 9gProtein: 7g
Nutrition stats do not include toppings. These are an estimate.