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Three Bean, Butternut, and Quinoa Vegetarian Chili for #SundaySupper

It’s time to break out the slow cooker! Fall and winter seem to be the ultimate slow cooker seasons, so I’m going to do my best to take advantage. So today, I present to you a three bean, butternut, and quinoa vegetarian chili! It was the perfect recipe to whip up in honor of Sunday Supper’s weekly theme: slow cooker recipes!

Three Bean, Butternut, and Quinoa Vegetarian Chili

As I was creating this chili in my kitchen, it dawned on me that I am seriously underutilizing my slow cooker. I very very rarely break it out, and I am not sure why. It’s a magical kitchen gadget! I have to admit I love that I can pop in ingredients, turn the dial, and walk away for a few hours until my meal is complete. Um. Can someone please figure out why I haven’t used mine in so long? I am baffled.

Three Bean, Butternut, and Quinoa Vegetarian Chili

After creating this vegetarian chili, I have a feeling many more batches of slow cooker creations are on the horizon for our household. This was my first venture into the world of vegetarian chili, and I think it was a great success. The combination of three different beans, the sweetness of butternut squash, and the texture of the quinoa added into the mix made it all a very hearty and flavorful dish. And one that yielded a huge amount of leftovers for us – two more dinners’ worth!

Three Bean, Butternut, and Quinoa Vegetarian Chili

Although this chili is great on its own, when it is topped with shredded cheese, or….my personal suggestion: guacamole, it makes it even better. I love the contrast of the cool and creamy guacamole against the spice in the chili. So yummy. And I honestly use any excuse to whip up a batch of guacamole that I can get.

I’m curious though: how do you like your chili? Loaded with meat? All bean? A mixture of both? What are your favorite toppings? It is cool to see how diverse the world of chili can be….

Three Bean, Butternut, and Quinoa Vegetarian Chili

Three Bean, Butternut, and Quinoa Vegetarian Chili
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup red onion, diced (about ½ of a medium onion)
  • 2 green bell peppers, diced
  • 1 cup butternut squash, cubed (I used frozen)
  • 1 cup corn kernels (I used frozen)
  • 1 15.25 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15.5 ounce can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 16 ounce can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, diced (or 1 14.5 ounce can)
  • 1 16 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • ¾ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cilantro, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil on medium heat. Add the garlic, red onion, and bell pepper. Saute for about 5-7 minutes, until onions turn translucent and are fragrant.
  2. Add the onion/pepper mixture to a large slow cooker. Add the butternut squash, corn, beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, vegetable broth, quinoa, chili powder, cumin, and a generous pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Stir ingredients together, cover, and cook on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 6-8. Stir before serving. Top with fresh cilantro leaves for garnish, as well as with some shredded cheese or guacamole - enjoy!

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