3 Bean Vegetarian Chili

"No one will ever miss the meat in this hearty chili that is packed with flavor. This is an excellent dish to serve for a ready when you are weeknight meal. It freezes and reheats well."
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Ready In:
4hrs 15mins




  • In a large skillet warm a small amount of olive oil. Add in onion through garlic and cook until crisp tender. Transfer vegetables to a crock pot.
  • Add in vegetable stock through sugar. Season with salt and pepper, stir, cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.
  • About 30 minutes before serving time preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly brush both sides of corn tortillas with olive oil, stack and cut into 6 wedges. Scatter in a single layer on a couple of large cookie sheets. Place in preheated oven and bake, stirring one or twice, until golden and crisp. Remove from oven and cool slightly.
  • In a medium size bowl combine the salsa ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste and drizzle with a small amount of lemon juice. Please note that the lemon juice will help to keep the avocado from oxidizing.
  • When ready to serve, place several baked tortilla chips around the rim of a shallow bowl, spoon in chili, sprinkle on grated cheese and top with a generous serving of avocado salsa. Enjoy.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Leslie B.
    just double checking if I can make this in the crockpot.. on low 8-10 hours? If so ....is there anything I should do before I put into the crockpot...or just place everything in and wait to enjoy....
  2. Jessica A.
    Is the crock pot on high or low?


  1. MoltoMissy
    This is really great. I add cooked wheat berries (they sort of have the texture of ground beef) to amp up the protein and use a lot more chili powder. Sometimes I make it in the slow cooker; I cook the wheat berries first as they take a long time (3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours on High) and then add the rest of the ingredients. My husband thought it was made with meat until I told him.
  2. evelynathens
    Our hands-down favourite contest entry! Besides being dead easy to make, with excellent instructions, I got to use my crockpot and made a terrific-tasting, healthy meal for my family, that we all enjoyed. The chili was well-flavoured and hearty and, served with the freshly-baked tortilla chips and toppings, truly delicious. Having made a couple of other contest entries before this one, that didn't go over so well, the family was not thrilled with the idea of beans for dinner. Well, this recipe will be made over and over again as no one could fault it in any way (and I'm including 3 sometimes-fussy kids in this review). Thank you for making dinner delightful!
  3. fitnut1
    Well I am not rating this as the directions are not clear at all. Thank goodness I have made chili before to know to add all the ingredients to the pot after adding the vegetable stock. I will rate again after I make this. Please adjust the directions to be a bit more clear!


  1. Ruthey01
    We don't like garbanzo beans so I subbed cannelli beans (white kidney beans). I also used dry beans, using the overnight soak method, to cut the sodium count. I then put all the ingredients in my slow cooker on low before going to work. It turned out awesome!!


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