There are a few pre-requisites for this one… you need to like beans, and you need to like a “meaty” (so-to-speak) chili. For the past two years or so I haven’t eaten red meat, and even though I eat plenty of lean meat sources to get my protein, there’s only so much chicken a girl can eat before you feel like you might turn into one. Omitting red meat is a personal choice but choosing leaner cuts of red meat in moderation can definitely be part of a healthy diet :)
Anyway, back to beans. I’ve really grown to love beans, especially cannelini beans, those are my favorite. They are also a great source of protein and fiber. This chili was very hearty and filling without the ground beef, even a meat lover will enjoy it (I promise- I tested it on one!). The best part is this recipe is SO easy. You can pop it in the crock-pot in the morning and it’s all ready when you get home at night. It also made a TON, I filled a freezer bag with at least 3-4 servings in it for a night that I can’t cook. Here’s a picture to show you the amount (and I have a pretty big crock pot!)…
Enjoy, and make it soon while the weather is still chilly! (ha.. no pun intended!)
2 medium carrots, sliced
1 white onion, diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans (chick peas), drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup frozen corn, thawed (mine was still frozen when I put it in and it was fine that way too)
2 (14.5 ounce) cans no salt added diced tomatoes
1 (14.5 ounce) can no salt added tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
salt and pepper, to taste
dash of ground red pepper
- Heat olive oil in pan. Once pan is hot, cook sliced carrots and onion until tender.
- Add all of the ingredients (including the cooked onion and carrots) into the slow cooker and stir until combined.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally.