Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili
This slow cooker black bean chili is almost too easy. It's a super healthy, super simple way to ensure you have a delicious dinner waiting at home for you. Before I left for work this morning, I threw all the ingredients in the slow cooker and when I came home from work, viola, gorgeous meal!
I'm kind of new to slow cookers - I've only used ours for a few recipes. Typically, when I make black bean chili I make it on the stove and let it simmer for two hours. But, I think this recipe has won me over, so from now on - prepare for lots of crock pot dump dinners coming your way! There's a Buzzfeed listicle I love about vegetarian crock pot dump dinners, that got me thinking about trying my own out. Also, let's just establish that 'dump dinner' is about the least sexy thing to call a meal, hilarious, but not at all sexy.
So I've been thinking a lot about how I'd classify this blog. So many bloggers say you have have to have a niche to be successful (by the way, I've been mispronouncing niche apparently - it sounds like 'nitch' not 'neesh'...who knew?). But beyond the mostly-veggie, healthy-ish, realistic (read: easy & quick) recipe thing, I don't think I want to specialize anymore. Maybe that's a mistake, but you know sometimes you just need to make desserts and sometimes you need to fry up a bunch of vegetable tempura. I've got a salmon recipe I'm dying to share. So to say vegan is not true, to say always vegetarian is not true, and to say always super-duper-healthy-no-desserts-allowed is not true.
The best way I can classify how I like to eat is a flexitarian diet. I know, I know, total cop out for people for those of you who are vegans and vegetarians. I'd say I'm meat-free about 5 days a week and I'm animal product free 3 to 4 days a week.
I prefer to see it as what it is, rather than what it is not: it's a way to consciously eat and a decision to focus on plants rather than animal products. It could be defined as everything in moderation, except plants, go crazy with the plants. I know the word flexitarian has been around for awhile, but I first heard about it in 2013, when I read this great article by food guru and all around hero Mark Bittman.
Enough of my rambles - please enjoy this delicious slow cooker black bean chili recipe. You'll love it, she says as she eats her second bowl... :)
Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili
Makes 6 servings | Prep Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 9 hours & 10 minutes
3 cans black beans, drained & rinsed
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 red bell peppers, diced
1 cup vegetable broth
1/2 cup bulgur
2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
Add all the ingredients to a slow cooker, stir, and set on low for 8 to 9 hours.
Garnish with cilantro.
Serve immediately, save in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.
Additional possible add-ons: goat cheese, cheddar cheese, diced avocado, or sour cream.