Easy Vegetarian Crockpot Chili Recipe with Vegetables (Vegan, Gluten-free)

Vegetarian chili with plenty of vegetables
Vegetarian chili with plenty of vegetables. Vegetarian crockpot chili photo by Dave King / Getty Images
    370 min
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This vegetarian crockpot vegetable chili recipe is one of the most popular vegan recipes on About.com. Give it a try to find out why!

This vegetarian (and vegan!) crock pot vegetable chili recipe doesn't skimp on the veggies or the flavor. It's made with onion, garlic, chili powder and cumin for flavor, plenty of beans, and, it's filled up with healthy vegetables: bell pepper, carrots, corn, tomatoes, and zucchini. Running low on some of those veggies? Feel free to omit one or two of the vegetables and add a few more of another kind to make it up - you'll still end up with a fantastically healthy and delicious vegan vegetable chili. 

The great thing about using your slow cooker to make chili (or just about anything) is how easy it is. Just chop your veggies up, dump them in, and you're good to go! Just place all the ingredients in your crock pot or slow cooker, and come home to a healthy and complete vegetarian meal with a good amount of your five-a-day servings of vegetables (and not a lot of fat and calories, as this chili is very low in both)! 

Why not make a double-batch and get creative with your leftover chili! I like to freeze leftover chili in individually portioned containers to bring with me into the office for a healthy home-cooked (and cheap!) lunch on weekdays. 

This vegetable chili recipe is vegetarian, vegan, and all of the ingredients are gluten-free as well (though you may want to double-check the labels on your spices just to be sure).

What You'll Need

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 carrots, grated or sliced thin
  • 1 1/2 cup corn
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 2 cans kidney beans
  • 2 15 ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • dash tabasco sauce (optional)

How to Make It

Combine all the ingredients in a crock pot or slow cooker and give them a quick stir.

Cover and cook on your crock pot's low setting for 6-8 hours.

Taste, and adjust seasonings to taste. You may want to add a bit of salt, even though the recipe doesn't call for it, depending on your personal preference and taste buds. 

Makes about 5-6 servings as a main dish.

Nutritional information, per serving, based on 5 servings (from Calorie Count):
Calories: 264, Calories from Fat: 21
% Daily Value:
Total Fat: 2.3g, 4%; Trans Fat: 0.0g
Cholesterol: 0mg, 0%
Sodium: 356mg, 15%
Total Carbohydrates: 51.8g, 17%
Dietary Fiber: 13.7g, 55%
Sugars: 12.0g
Protein: 14.2g
Vitamin A 143%, Vitamin C 114%, Calcium 12%, Iron 26%