Make this mild chipotle bean chili in your crockpot for an easy weekend meal.
The first time I made this recipe, I used a tablespoon of chipotle chili powder, and holy moly was that chili h-o-t! I love me some spicy food, but this was almost too hot for even me to enjoy. Dave and I made it through the pot by dousing each bowl with lots of sliced avocado and soy yogurt.
If you like things atomic-level spicy, you can up the chili powder in this recipe. You can also use a bit less if super spicy chili isn’t your thing. Dave’s not as crazy about spice as I am, so I went conservative with the spice for this version of chipotle bean chili.
I ate my chili straight up with some shredded vegan cheese, but you can serve it over rice or quinoa and cover it in toppings, if you want to go all the way. That’s one of the things I think makes chili such a crowd-pleaser: you can really tailor the bowl to your tastes once it’s all cooked up!
Make a single batch for one or two meals’-worth of chili, or double it, and eat chipotle bean chili all week long!
Crock Pot Chipotle Bean Chili
Yield: 4 servings on its own, 6-8 over your favorite grain
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 a sweet onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 15 ounce can unsalted black beans, DO NOT DRAIN
- 1 15 ounce can unsalted kidney beans, DO NOT DRAIN
- 1 cup corn kernels, raw or frozen
- 1 15 ounce can fire roasted, diced tomatoes
- 1/2 to 1 1/2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder – Adjust according to how hot you want this to be. Consider 1 teaspoon to be medium spicy.
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 dash of allspice
- 2 cups no-chicken or no-beef broth
- 1 medium red potato, diced into 1/2″ pieces
- Toppings (optional): vegan cheese, diced avocado, chopped onion or scallions, chopped cilantro, vegan yogurt or sour cream, chopped fresh tomato, toasted pumpkin seeds
- Dump all of your ingredients (including the bean liquid) into a crock pot. Stir to combine, then set it on high and cook for 90 minutes to 2 hours. Your chili is ready when the potatoes are fork-tender, so cooking time depends on how small you chopped them up.
- Serve with whatever toppings you choose!