Spicy Crock Pot Chili

Spicy Crock Pot Chili

There’s something about the process of standing over a skillet or stock pot and smelling the aromatic herbs and spices that makes me incredibly happy.  However, for all of us with 1 million things to do, the crock pot can be a super useful way of making a lot of food without much fuss or time spent in the kitchen.  On Sunday, we had some serious cleaning to do around the house, and the crock pot was a great chance to still have a delicious dinner and accomplish everything else that we had been putting off for weeks!  This chili is kind of a “throw anything in the pot” type of dish, so go crazy by adding or omitting any of the ingredients and make it your own!

1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno, minced
1 tomato, chopped
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 can corn
1 cup 13-bean soup mix (or any dried beans)
1 package vegetarian chorizo (or 1/2 cup TVP)
1 large (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 large (28 oz) can tomato puree
1 large bay leaf
2-3 tsp cumin powder
2-3 tsp chili powder powder
2-3 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
shredded smoked gouda (optional)
chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
homemade yogurt (optional)

1) Put everything into the crock pot and give it a good stir.  Cook on high for 6-8 hours to ensure the beans are thoroughly cooked.  Stir occasionally.

And you’re done!

We served this with homemade cornbread, smoked gouda, fresh cilantro, and a dollop of yogurt… at 10:00 pm!


2 thoughts on “Spicy Crock Pot Chili

  1. There was something about the process of…entering your cozy log cabin and smelling the aromatic herbs and spices of that chili you made that brisk night last fall (after our long drive) that….made ME incredibly happy! I don’t know if this is the same chili creation but I’ve been meaning to attempt to make Michelle’s vegetarian chili ever since so thanks for sharing! I use the word “creation” because your meals are just that…works of art without recipes! I also must ask…did you get everything done while the chili was in the crock pot? Hahahaha


    1. We DID get everything done!!! It was a LONNNNNG day of cleaning, but we ate dinner at 10pm after getting the whole house ready for Sam to arrive 🙂


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