Slow-Cooker Black Bean-Mushroom Chili

Winter 2004, The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)

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Black beans, earthy mushrooms and tangy tomatillos combine with a variety of spices and smoky chipotles to create a fantastic full-flavored chili. It can simmer in the slow cooker all day, which makes it perfect for a healthy supper when the end of your day is rushed.

"I used 4 cans of black beans versus the dried and it came out fine. I also omitted the tomatillos. Better the next day! "
Slow-Cooker Black Bean-Mushroom Chili

54 Reviews for Slow-Cooker Black Bean-Mushroom Chili

Made it Easier

I made it on the stove with canned black beans as someone else recommended...and I added a jar of Salsa Verde (green salsa) instead of the tomatillos. Made for great flavor and one less thing to chop. Reduced the water to 4.5 cups

Filling and Healthy
Wonderful recipe - FIVE STARS

This has been so great for my weight loss plan of meatless meals (35 lbs so far)! I use 4 cans rinsed black beans and pre-sliced baby bella shrooms, so after chopping the tomatillos, chipotles and onions and doing the preliminary cooking, just add the beans and allow to cook awhile on the stove and it's done! Also, I substitute no fat greek yogurt for the sour cream, creamy and loaded with protein, and low sodium chicken broth. I pair it with brown rice and shredded cheddar, or add it to spinach salad with guacamole for lunches. I've been making it every week for months, and I eat it all week.

Delicious, nutritious, low calorie, lots of fiber, and keeps well
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tmullen wrote 3 years 48 weeks ago

35lbs? Way to go jso6!!! Keep it up.


I really wanted to like this but I was kind of underwhelmed. It smelled delicious while it was cooking and a lot of tasty things went into it so I don't really get why it's not better than it is. The stovetop directions called for waaaay too much water. Even after letting it simmer uncovered for an extra hour, I still have soup. The heat level is good but it's missing something and I can't figure out what it is. Maybe tomatoes? The tomatillos don't register at all. Honestly, I think this might taste better with meat.

Prep time is very quick,makes enough to freeze

I used 4 cans of black beans versus the dried and it came out fine. I also omitted the tomatillos. Better the next day!


My hubby and I thought this was awesome. Not a traditional tomato based chili but full of yummy flavor. I didn't saute anything, just added directly to the pot with my soaked beans and it turned out just fine. I am sure it would be even better with the sauteing etc. I think that most likely anyone that had issues with the beans simply had older beans because no matter how long you try if the bean is too old it will never soften. I used more mushrooms than called for - 12 12oz containers. I cooked mine for 10 hours on low and then it was on warm setting for 2 more.


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