Slow Cook 3-Bean Chili (Vegetarian and Gluten Free)


This is a wonderfully filling (high protein) yet yummy 3-bean, gluten-free, and vegetarian chili. I like to serve this chili over gluten-free macaroni and top it with shredded cheddar cheese and Greek yogurt.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 hrs
Total Time:
10 hrs 20 mins
12 servings


  • 8 cups water

  • 1 (16 ounce) package dry kidney beans

  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • 1 (8 ounce) package dry lentils

  • 1 (8 ounce) package dry black beans

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3 onions, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced


  1. Stir water, kidney beans, corn, crushed tomatoes, lentils, black beans, tomato paste, sugar, chili powder, cumin, and paprika together in a slow cooker.

  2. Cook on High for 6 hours.

  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onions and garlic in hot oil until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir into the chili.

  4. Continue cooking chili on Low until the beans are completely tender, 4 to 6 hours more.

Cook's Notes:

Add red pepper if you like spice.

You could easily cook on Low for 10 hours and then turn it up to high for 2 hours depending on your schedule; play around with it. The main point is getting the dry beans tender.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

390 Calories
4g Fat
73g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 390
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 293mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 73g 26%
Dietary Fiber 18g 63%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 15mg 73%
Calcium 111mg 9%
Iron 7mg 37%
Potassium 1385mg 29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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