Makes 10-15 servings. This recipe can be adjusted according to your taste preferences, so you can leave out undesirable ingredients or add others that appeal to you (like mushrooms). I add ingredients just to bulk up the heartiness and color palate of the chili, but feel free to just use a few green peppers or same-colored zucchinis as you desire. By the end, you just want everything to be hearty, moist, and flavored -- mess around with it as you go! I would say to serve it with shredded cheese and corn chips, but then it's no longer 'vegan.' : )

Grete

Recipe Summary

prep:
45 mins
cook:
5 hrs 10 mins
total:
5 hrs 55 mins
Servings:
15
Yield:
15 servings
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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook the green, red, and yellow bell peppers, onions, and garlic until the onions start to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Place the mixture into a slow cooker. Stir in spinach, corn, zucchini, yellow squash, chili powder, cumin, oregano, parsley, salt, black pepper, tomatoes, black beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, and tomato paste until thoroughly mixed. Pour the tomato sauce and vegetable broth over the ingredients.

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  • Set the cooker on Low, and cook until all vegetables are tender, 4 to 5 hours. Check seasoning; if chili is too thick, add more tomato sauce and vegetable broth to desired thickness. Cook an additional 1 to 2 hours to blend the flavors.

Nutrition Facts

134 calories; protein 6.3g 13% DV; carbohydrates 24.8g 8% DV; fat 2.4g 4% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 616.7mg 25% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2011
This was delicious and easy! Also easy to modify. I used only green peppers (others too pricey right now). I added a small can of chopped green chiles for a little zip, and used Great Northern beans instead of garbanzo (my kids don't like garbanzo beans). I also use V8 juice instead of tomato sauce, and found that just one can of tomato paste makes it plenty thick. This will be a regular at our house! Thanks! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/24/2011
WAY too much tomato. The consistency was like tomato sauce with vegetables. Won't be making this again but if I did I would use only 6 oz tomato paste and no tomato sauce. Also 4 Tbsp. chili powder would be plenty. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 32
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2011
This was delicious and easy! Also easy to modify. I used only green peppers (others too pricey right now). I added a small can of chopped green chiles for a little zip, and used Great Northern beans instead of garbanzo (my kids don't like garbanzo beans). I also use V8 juice instead of tomato sauce, and found that just one can of tomato paste makes it plenty thick. This will be a regular at our house! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2011
Great! We aren't vegan--not even vegetarian--and it was still appreciated. Great way to make a chili in the crock pot that is hearty and really healthy. It makes a ton and was delicious for days afterwards. I only had one small can of diced tomatoes, but just added a little extra veggie broth to make up for the liquid that would have been in the canned tomatoes. We have a large crock pot, and it almost didn't all fit! For the reviewer who was worried about sodium, just check the sodium levels of your veggie broth, rinse your beans well (or use fresh and soak them overnight before), and/or omit the salt. I can't see what else would be adding so much sodium. ALSO, I didn't saute any vegetables in olive oil first. Just added all to the crock pot. Not sure if that would have made a difference, but I doubt it. Cooked 8 hours on low. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/22/2011
DAIYA Vegan cheese is the way to go, it actually melts so you can have Nacho's! I added some Lime Juice, used Mexican style canned tomatoes and threw in some Jalapeno's, found I didn't need the broth. This is a great make ahead and freeze in portions dish, especially to take into the office and have for lunch and looks wonderful with all the different colours. I served it over brown rice and it's really filling. Thanks Grete! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2011
I'm not vegan- in fact, I'm not even vegetarian, but we LOVED this! We had dinner guests, with a mix of dietary restrictions and this was a big hit with everyone!! I sauteed the peppers,onions and garlic as suggested. I added an 8 oz package of fresh mushrooms in the last couple of minutes of sauteeing. I left out the spinach, used only one can of tomato paste, and used 2 cola-sized cans of V8 rather than 1 can of tomato sauce. Otherwise, I used all veggies and spices as listed. We will definitely break out this recipe the next time we have guests with strict diets. (And probably sometimes when we don't!) Thanks for posting!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2011
So good... All of these ingredients wouldn't fit in our slow cooker so we put it in a big pot on the stove for about 4-5 hours and let it simmer. Delicious. Everything just melts in your mouth. And the taste you can't even tell it doesn't have meat in it. Lovely. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2011
Yummy! Doubt my kids will eat it but it's delish!! I omitted salt and olive oil and just threw everything into crockpot. Also instead of buying all the cans of beans I bought the dried 15 bean package and presoaked them overnight in water. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2011
This was sent to e-mail a few weeks ago and I made it that day! the grocery store was out of the zuccini and squash so I used parsnips and mushrooms instead and fresh spinach instead of frozen. LOVED it and am making it again today. It makes a lot so I gave some to my parents who are not vegan and they begged me to make it again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2011
This is great - was easy to make and people loved it! I made it for a group and had a number of people request the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/09/2011
I would give this 5 stars but WHERE ON EARTH is all of that SODIUM coming from!?!? That is A LOT of sodium! How big is an actual serving? I know it SERVES 15 but is that a half cup? 3/4 cup? Also I am bummed out that there isn't really THAT much protein in it..maybe I'll throw some tofu in there... Read More
(13)
Rating: 2 stars
10/24/2011
WAY too much tomato. The consistency was like tomato sauce with vegetables. Won't be making this again but if I did I would use only 6 oz tomato paste and no tomato sauce. Also 4 Tbsp. chili powder would be plenty. Read More
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