Slow-Cooker Vegan Chili


Grab your crock pot for this hearty and easy vegan chili, which is chock-full of great-tasting and good-for-you ingredients, including pinto and black beans, red pepper, tomatoes and butternut squash. Once a little chopping is done, all you have to do is dump the ingredients in the slow cooker, making this colorful veggie chili the perfect weeknight dinner. A garnish of fresh avocado and chopped cilantro is a nice touch.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 25 mins
9 cups


  • 4 cups 1/2-inch-diced butternut squash (about 1 small)

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 cups low-sodium no-chicken broth

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added pinto beans, rinsed

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added petite-diced tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • 2 medium avocados, sliced

  • Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. Combine squash, onion, bell pepper, garlic, broth, black beans, pinto beans, tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, paprika and salt in a 6-quart slow cooker. Cook for 4 hours on High or 8 hours on Low. Mash some of the squash to thicken the broth. Serve topped with avocado and garnish with cilantro, if desired.


Equipment: 6-qt. slow cooker

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

314 Calories
12g Fat
46g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 314
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 16g 56%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 11g 22%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Vitamin A 12215IU 244%
Vitamin C 68mg 76%
Folate 94mcg 24%
Sodium 454mg 20%
Calcium 160mg 12%
Iron 5mg 26%
Magnesium 112mg 27%
Potassium 1103mg 23%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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