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Crock Pot Vegetarian Chili

This crock pot vegetarian chili recipe is easy to make, and makes your house smell amazing. Vegan, gluten free, and packed full of cozy comfort food flavor. A family favorite dinner!

slow cooker vegetarian chili in a white bowl topped with sour cream and corn chips

Chili is one of those crock pot meals that just never goes out of style. 

Cooler weather coming around means that we are dusting off the slow cooker for dinner and baking up some delicious pumpkin muffins too!

This vegetarian crock pot chili is so easy to make, naturally gluten free, vegan, and packed full of flavor!

It makes a big old slow cooker full which means leftovers (yay!!) or enough to feed a crowd. 

floral pioneer woman crock pot full of chili

ingredients in slow cooker vegetarian chili

  • kidney beans
  • chili beans
  • fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • sliced stewed tomatoes
  • tomato paste
  • garlic
  • yellow onion
  • vegetable broth
  • chili powder
  • paprika
  • cumin 
  • salt 
  • pepper

Simple pantry staples make chili one of our favorite dinners to throw together in a minutes notice.

ladle full of vegan chili

How do I make vegetarian chili in the crock pot?

First, start with cooking the fresh garlic and onion in a skillet until the onion is soft. 

While the onions are doing their thing, add the kidney beans, chili beans, fire roasted tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, tomato paste, vegetable broth, chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper to a 6 qt slow cooker. 

Once the garlic and onion are soft and no longer crunchy, add them into the crock pot with the other ingredients and give it a stir.

Cook the vegetarian chili on low for 6 – 8 hours or high for 3 – 4, then serve with your favorite toppings!

a crock pot full of chili from an overhead view

Best toppings for chili

  • fritos
  • sour cream
  • crackers
  • sharp cheddar cheese (fresh grated is best!)

The best part of chili is dressing it up however you like!

chili in a bowl with fritos, sour cream, and cheese

This chili recipe fills a 6 quart slow cooker almost to the top which means it makes a ton!

We ate the leftovers over the next few days and it reheats like a dream. 

If you want to switch it up, try adding some leftover chili to your favorite mac and cheese for easy chili mac!

up close image of the finished chili in a bowl

This recipe is just mildly spicy, so if you like your chili with more heat, you can add more paprika to taste. 

ladle full of chili

More crock pot recipes you will love

Crock Pot Baked Ziti is one of the best dinner ideas! All the magic of baked ziti, but the crock pot does all the work for you!

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili is another chili recipe that we adore.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili Mac is a fall comfort food must have! Even the macaroni noodles cook right in the crock pot.

up close chili topped with sour cream, cheese, and corn chips

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Crock Pot Vegetarian Chili Recipe

Yield: 10 - 12 servings

Crock Pot Vegetarian Chili

Crock Pot Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian chili in the crock pot is a comfort food recipe that is sure to impress your family. It's easy to make meatless chili that tastes amazing with this recipe!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 50 minutes


  • 2 (15 oz) cans of kidney beans, drained
  • 2 (15 oz) cans of chili beans in sauce (not drained)
  • 2 (15 oz) cans of fire roasted diced tomatoes with juices
  • 14.5 oz sliced stewed tomatoes
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 3 tablespoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a skillet, add the garlic, onion, and a splash of olive oil
  2. Cook over low to medium high heat for 10 - 15 minutes, until the onion is soft, stirring often to avoid burning
  3. While the garlic and onion are cooking, add the drained kidney beans, chili beans, fire roasted tomatoes, sliced stewed tomatoes, tomato paste, vegetable broth, chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper to a 6 quart slow cooker
  4. Once the garlic and onion are done, add them to the other ingredients in the crock pot and stir well
  5. Cook the chili on high for 3 - 4 hours or low for 6 - 8 hours
  6. Serve with fresh grated sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream, fritos, or your favorite toppings!


This chili is mildly spicy. For more heat, add more paprika.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 96Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 478mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 4g

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