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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 263.4
  • Total Fat: 2.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 472.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 51.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 18.6 g
  • Protein: 12.9 g

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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili

Introduction

The secret to this hearty vegetarian chili is butternut squash. It holds its shape and adds a layer of flavor and sweetness. The secret to this hearty vegetarian chili is butternut squash. It holds its shape and adds a layer of flavor and sweetness.
Number of Servings: 8

Ingredients

    2 teaspoons canola oil
    1 large onion, diced
    2 stalks celery, diced
    2 carrots, diced
    2 cloves garlic, chopped
    1 bell pepper, diced
    2 tablespoons dark chili powder
    2 teaspoons ground cumin
    1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    1 (29-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
    3 (15.5 oz) cans red kidney or black beans, rinsed and drained
    12 ounces butternut squash, peeled and diced (about 3 cups)
    1 cup vegetable stock




Directions

NOTE: Sauteing the vegetables before adding them to the slow cooker creates a layer of flavor. Do not skip this step.
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Heat the oil in a saute pan, then add the onions, carrots and celery. Saute for four minutes, until the vegetables start to soften. Add the garlic and bell pepper, stir and saute another 2 minutes.
Add the spices and cook for one minute, stirring constantly. Remove the pan from heat.

Add the vegetables and the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for six hours.

Serving Size: Makes 8 one-cup servings.






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  • Incredible!
    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
    So healthy and delicious! I omitted the vegetable stock because in my experience crockpot dishes come out pretty watery even when you don't add any liquid. I got a great thick stew-like consistency and so much flavor! Yum! - 12/4/11

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  • Incredible!
    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
    I am NOT a vegan, vegetarian or a person who can get buy on any sort of a no-meat diet. I am an omnivore with carnivore leanings, so I tried this chili with the faith I've picked up by trying Chef Meg's other delightful recipes. My name's not Mikey, but I liked it! REALLY liked it! - 12/22/11

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  • Incredible!
    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
    This is fantastic! I cooked longer than required, for about 12 hours on low. I added some organic jalapeno sauce when served. I will make this many times - it is fantastic. Chef Meg is right, the butternut squash really makes this dish. - 1/1/12

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  • 10 of 13 people found this review helpful
    6 W/W points - 1/29/12

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  • 9 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Used this recipe as a foundation for a chili cook-off. Scrapped the carrots...added soy crumbles for meat texture. Heated it up with some red chilis and jalapenos...some extra chili powder...added mushrooms and corn. Didn't win, but lots of compliments and we sold about 6 quarts for charity. - 1/24/12

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  • Good
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Pretty good and definitely a healthier choice than my standard chili. I love the butternut squash in it. I served this chili over small potatoes I "baked" in another crockpot and my entire family enjoyed it. - 1/26/12

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    this recipe was incredible! I have made it twice already. the 2nd time i did some alterations, and it came out even better!
    -double the butternut squash
    -2 cans of beans (instead of 1)
    - 1/2 onion (instead of 1 , because that's all i had)
    - no broth
    *It came out sweeter with the extra butternu - 1/3/13

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Made it tonight. It is delightful and fantastic. When I make it next, I will up the spices as I like more fire but most will be happy with this. I used homemade vegetable stock modeled on both Dr. Weil and Chuck Hughes' stock recipe. It is very hearty. Add saltines or cornbread. Homerun! - 1/6/12

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Very, very good. I toned down the spices a bit. Also skipped the broth. It didn't effect the portion size by much. Added about 2T. Greek Yogurt and an ounce of extra sharp cheddar. Ate with a small bag of Doritos. - 1/3/12

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    We are having a snow storm tonight in Cleveland, Oh, could not get to the store, however, I did have all the ingredients to make this dish----- even though I usually put ground turkey in my chili. This was great, rather hearty and real tasty, I did not miss the meat at all. This is a keeper!!! - 12/27/11

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    What a lovely and unique blend of flavors! Slightly sweet and perfectly spicy (I added extra red pepper flakes and garlic). Because I'm so particular about my chili, I did not expect to be wowed. Boy was I pleasantly surprised. I have a new, super healthy, go-to chili recipe now. Thanks, Chef Meg - 4/3/12

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Made recipe 3 times, my best makeover entailed: lower sodium (less than 100mg/serving) by using re-hydrated dried beans, low sodium veggie broth, 1/2 no salt added canned tomatoes & 1/2 fresh diced tomatoes, removed the flakes, used mild version of chili powder and added oregano. - 2/15/12

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  • 3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Great chili, tastes just like the one's we make at home. We didn't have the squash on hand but we did add Boca vegetarian fake ground meat and I couldn't tell the difference. I would definitely make this again. - 10/10/12

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  • Very Good
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Good! Used sweet meat pumpkin, pinto beans, black lentils, and kidney beans -- also substituted 1/4 t chipotle powder for the red pepper flakes. Hearty - will make again. - 2/8/13

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Just finished eating this! Fantastic!! I've never had butternut squash before, I loved it! I didn't use the bell pepper because I don't like them. My husband liked it and said he didn't mind if I make it again. I can't wait to have leftovers for lunch tomorrow! - 3/11/12

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This was fabulous! I loved all of the flavors and colors, and it's a great source of fiber. I added reduced fat shredded cheese to each bowl for added protein and flavor. It freezes well in individual portions. - 2/18/12

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I really liked this. Loved all the vegetables-- it looks really pretty in the bowl. I made it on the stove instead of the slow cooker. Accidentally opened a can of diced tomatoes instead of crushed, and I used 2 cans of black beans and 1 can of kidney beans. - 1/28/12

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    We really love this recipe--and it is easy to alter a bit according to what we have on hand. Excellent!! - 1/6/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I have made this several time we like it very much. I use 3 different kind of beans( white ,red, garbonzo,black,or whatever I have) do not add squash ( husband doesn't like it) but add everthing else. Yummy! - 8/17/13

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I didn't change a thing.......Delicious!!! - 8/17/13

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Couldn't even imagine squash in chili but made it anyway and was amazed at how good it was. This is a great way to get more vegiesin. - 10/9/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I wasn't sure I'd like the combination of the sweet squash with the chili seasonings, but it was delicious. It makes a BIG batch, so if you have a smaller slow cooker, put about 1/3 of the recipe into a pot & simmer it on low. I used 2 cans pinto beans and 1 can kidney beans. - 9/17/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    excellent - 6/10/12

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    always looking for meatless meals to serve . love this very much . easy to make . - 3/8/12

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Absolutely delicious - thank you! - 3/8/12

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