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!
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.
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!
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….
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
Make sure you check out all of the awesome recipes to make in your slow cooker…created by the Sunday Supper family!
- Crockpot Kielbasa Split Pea Soup from The Foodie Army Wife
- Amazing Slow Cooker French Onion Soup from Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos
- Crock Pot Turkey Meatball Soup from Flour On My Face
- Kale & Kielbasa Soup Slow Cooker Lime Garlic Chicken from The Messy Baker
- Slow Cooker Chicken, Spinach and White Bean Soup from Amee’s Savory Dish
- Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup from Noshing With The Nolands
- Spicy Ham and 10-Bean Soup from Food Lust People Love
- Crockpot Caramelized Pork Noodle Soup from Brunch with Joy
- Slow Cooker Acorn Squash and Apple Soup from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
- Three Bean, Butternut, and Quinoa Vegetarian Chili from Ruffles & Truffles
- Potato, Kielbasa and Spinach Soup With Gouda from Meal Planning Magic
- Slow Cooker Chunky Chicken Tortilla Soup #GlutenFree from Sue’ s Nutrition Buzz
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- Slow Cooked Apple Pie Oatmeal from Life Tastes Good
- Pork and Cabbage Stew from Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Slow Cooker Lime Garlic Chicken from Peaceful Cooking
- Slow-Cooked Country Pork and Veggies from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Buffalo Chicken Sliders from Eat, Drink and be Tracy
- Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef from Marlene Baird
- Madras Beef Curry with Vegetables from Curious Cuisiniere
- Crock Pot Pork Chops with Apples and Figs from Cooking On The Ranch
- Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Crockpot Sesame Chicken from Casa de Crews
- Pork Chops in Gravy with Potatoes from Cookin’ Mimi
- Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Pulled Chicken from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Slow Cooker Spicy Peach Pulled Pork from Family Foodie
- Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken with Artichokes from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Scalloped Potatoes from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions from The Dinner-Mom
- Slow Cooker Brownie Dessert from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Triple Chocolate Cake from MealDIva
- Slow Cooker Rice Pudding from Killer Bunnies, Inc
- Slow-Cooker Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding) from Magnolia Days
- Slow Cooker Lemon Poppy Seed Cake from NinjaBaking
- Slow Cooker Sourdough from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Slowcooker Seedy Bread from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Sips and Spreads
- Spiced Caramel Cider from The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch
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