Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili

  better for you
6 Servings
Prep: 20 min.
Total: 5 min.

This slow-cooker vegetarian chili checks all the necessary flavor boxes: spicy, smoky, and savory. Each ladleful is loaded with hearty, protein-rich ingredients like Clover Valley® Light Red Kidney Beans to keep you satisfied for hours. Serve it up with your favorite toppings, and maybe even some tortilla chips for dipping.

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 serrano peppers, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons of chili powder 
  • 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika
  • 1/2 oz. adobo seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 (12-oz.) can Italian whole plum tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons of kosher salt
  • Nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
  • Sliced serrano peppers
  • 2 cups of fresh corn kernels
  • 2 cups of kabocha or butternut squash, cut into ½" pieces
  • Low-fat shredded cheese
  • 2 (15.5-oz.) cans Clover Valley® Light Red Kidney Beans
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • Minced red onions
  • 1 (28-oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup bulgur wheat

Step 1: Heat slow cooker on high, then add oil and tomato paste.

Step 2: Once the oil is hot, stir, then add onion, peppers, garlic, spices, and salt. Let mixture cook until spices begin to get fragrant and onions start to turn soft and translucent, about 7 minutes.

Step 3: Add canned tomatoes and Clover Valley® Light Red Kidney Beans and stir to combine. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.

Step 4: Add the water, bulgur, corn, squash, and parsley. Cover again, turn heat to low, and continue cooking until the squash is tender through, about 1 hour more.

Step 5: Serve garnished with toppings such as plain yogurt, red onions, sliced peppers, and cheese.

Dollar General partnered with a registered nutritionist to create DG Better For You meals, which provide healthier recipes with items sourced from DG stores. Squash and bulgur wheat bring vitamins, minerals, and fiber to this slow cooker chili. Top with nonfat Greek yogurt and low-fat cheese for Better For You options, or consider draining the kidney beans and using ½ cup water in place of the drained liquid or using no-salt-added canned tomatoes to cut down on sodium