Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili Recipe

This recipe for Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili is my new go-to when the family wants some comfort food! It’s the perfect combination of soup and stew, using red lentils instead of rice for fiber. Have I mentioned how amazingly EASY this healthy recipe is to put together and let simmer all day in your crockpot or slow cooker?

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili Recipe with Red Lentils that the kids will love!

So last weekend we had a huge storm and the power went out. I was so scared a tree was going to come through the bedroom window. Thank goodness that didn’t happen to us but some large trees did come down on some houses and in roads. Thank God nobody was hurt at my friend’s house. It’s like the tree hit the entire house but left her child’s window intact.

storm and tree on house

So almost the entire town is without power and because of that there is no school. For TWO days! And it’s not even winter. Help. Me.

We just happened to move into a house last year that had a generator installed already and I am sooooo thankful to that. Having the kids home for two days with nothing to do is hard enough but with no power? I can’t imagine.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili Recipe with Red Lentils

Yesterday I decided to whip up this Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili Recipe because my kids love it. They have no idea whatsoever that there are red lentils in it! Red lentils and LOTs of beans. I like to add vegetarian refried beans to give it a creamy texture and more nutrients.

This recipe could easily be vegan, just by omitting the shredded cheese and sour cream on top!

Mind you, this is NOT Veggie Chili, but Vegetarian Chili. What is the difference you ask? Veggie chili has squash in it and other vegetables. This chili is based more on beans and red lentils.

But some days you need meat in your chili. Here’s a good meaty crockpot chili with cornbread on top.

dried red lentils

Benefits of Red Lentils

We all know how healthy beans are for our bodies, but what do you know about red lentils? Here are some health benefits of red lentils from Mind Body Green. Go check out the detailed list at their site!

  1. Lower Cholesterol
  2. Heart Health
  3. Digestive Health
  4. Stabilized Blood Sugar
  5. Good Protein
  6. Increases Energy
  7. Weight Loss

Comforting Vegetarian Red Lentil Chili Recipe

This easy slow cooker vegetarian chili is one of the best comfort foods to eat on the regular. It's loaded with nutrients and lacking in fat!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8
Author Vicki Finn


  • 1/2 diced onion
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 2.5 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 1 can 14-15 oz tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 15 oz can small red beans
  • 1 cup corn fresh, canned, or frozen
  • 1 can vegetarian refried beans
  • 3/4 cup dried red lentils
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. First chop your veggies and add to pot. Then add beans, sauce, salsa and seasonings.
  2. Cook on low for 5-6 hours, until dried lentils are cooked through and veggies are tender.

Recipe Notes

Feel free to add some 1/2 and 1/2 to the soup once it's cooked, or simply add sour cream to your serving! We also eat it with shredded cheese and tortilla chips.

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  1. We use red lentils for soup but I never thought of adding it to chili. This is something I will have to try because I love the ease of using the crockpot especially for chili on a cold day. That tree by the house looks pretty scary. Glad it missed the windows

  2. I’m always on the lookout for vegetarian crockpot recipes. This chili looks so warm and cozy. I can’t wait to try it! Your storm sounds scary! Though my kids are now grown, when they were small, days without electricity meant giant lego creations. As he got older (even high school) my son would attempt to recreate famous buildings with legos on those LONG days without access to technology. 🙂

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