Virtual Vegan Potluck: Nickerbocker’s Sweet & Spicy Crockpot Chili

We are SO excited to be a part of this year’s Virtual Vegan Potluck! When we signed up, Nick immediately said he wanted to do soup. It’s a great and easy thing to take to a potluck. Be sure to check out all the other goodies other bloggers are bringing as well!

Chili is one of our favorite cold weather staples. It’s great on a Sunday afternoon watching football, reheated and made into chili cheese fries, and great when you when something warm and comforting. We both prefer spicy chili’s to sweet ones, so this recipe knocks it out of the park. And as an added bonus, it’ll make your house smell GREAT!

Here’s your line-up of ingredients!
The lineup

What you’ll need:
1 green pepper, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, sliced
1 cup corn kernels
2 small jalapenos diced with seeds
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 28oz can San Marzano Tomatoes packed in tomato puree with basil
1 14oz can lentils, drained
1 14oz can chili beans, drained
1 14oz can no salt added tomato sauce
1 14oz can tomato sauce
1 Tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
3 Tbsp chili powder blend (We used Penzy’s Chili 9000 for reference)
1 tsp cumin
salt and pepper to taste

How to do it:
First you’ll want to saute your veggies. Minus the jalapenos, garlic and corn.  Saute until the onions have started to soften.  The celery should still have some bite to it, about 4 minutes.  Then add jalapenos and garlic and saute for 1 minute more.
Saute veggies first

Add the lentils, cumin, Worcestershire sauce and chili powder and stir to combine.
Add lentils

Transfer to your crock pot.
Add to the crockpot

Add all of your tomato-y goodness, corn and beans and simmer for 6-7 hours on low.  We finished it off for another 2 hours on warm until we were ready to eat.
Add all your tomato-y goodness and simmer on low for 6 - 7 hours

Serve with crumbled dairy-free cheese, garlic bread and/or crackers.
Enjoy with crumbled dairy-free cheese and toasted bread


To go to the beginning of the potluck go to VeganBloggersUnite.


18 thoughts on “Virtual Vegan Potluck: Nickerbocker’s Sweet & Spicy Crockpot Chili

  1. Ive been dying to find some veggie recipes for my slowcooker (crockpot) as the recipe book I have at home is full of lamb shanks and pulled pork etc! this looks yummy 🙂

  2. yum I love chili, especially when it’s filled with veggies! I also love crockpot meals, they’re so easy!

  3. The smell of slow-cooked chili is like an aphrodisiac. I made chili the other day and I just wanted to keep going in and out of my apartment so I could get that smell! I think this is the first vegan crock-pot chili recipe I’ve come across and I can’t wait to try it!

  4. I am still craving chili, and this is like a huge tease. I made mediocre chili a few weeks back, and that barely hit the spot. This looks awesome, so maybe tomorrow. . .

    Happy VVP!

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