5 from 21 votes
Delicious vegan 5 bean chilli served in blue pottery bowls
Slow Cooker 5 Bean Chilli
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 30 mins

A hearty vegan chilli is the perfect winter dish to feed a crowd. Healthy, rich, flavourful and filling with a gentle heat and earthy notes from the cumin.   Cook in a casserole in the oven or in the slow cooker.  Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free.   Hearty winter food that is perfect for a mid week after work supper. 

Course: Main meal
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Mexican, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: 5 Bean Chili, Beans, Chili
Servings: 10
Calories: 293 kcal
Author: Helen Best-Shaw
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 chillies large, dried
  • 2 tsp sunflower oil
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tins plum tomatoes
  • 1 tin haricot beans
  • 1 tin black eyed beans
  • 1 tin aduki beans
  • 1 tin kidney beans
  • 1 tin black beans
  • 1 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 tbs paprika
  • 1 tbs sweet chill sauce or tomato ketchup
  • 2 tbs tomato puree
  • salt and pepper to taste
To serve
  • Grated cheese (or vegan alternative)
  • Sour Cream (or vegan alternative)
  • Chopped avocado
  • Sliced chillies
  • Sliced radishes
  • Coriander
  • Lime wedges
  • Rice
  • Baked potatoes
  1. Grind the cumin, coriander seeds and chillis.
  2. Add the ground spices to a pan and dry fry until aromatic.  Remove and set to one side.

  3. Fry the onion, celery and garlic in the sunflower oil until starting to turn golden brown.

  4. Whilst the onions are cooking, drain and rinse the tinned beans. Reserve half the black beans together with their liquid and blitz with a stick blender to a smooth liquid.

  5. Add all the ingredients to the pot, and stir.  Put the lid on and cook for 9 minutes to 2 hours at 180C / 350F / Gas 4

To make in the slow cooker
  1. Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker pot.  Cook for 4 hours on high, or 8 on low.  Adjust for your slow cooker. 

  2. Serve with baked potatoes or rice topped with any of grated cheese, guacamole, salsa and sour cream (vegan if required).

Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker 5 Bean Chilli
Amount Per Serving
Calories 293 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 214mg9%
Potassium 1063mg30%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 16g67%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 1150IU23%
Vitamin C 27.2mg33%
Calcium 88mg9%
Iron 5.5mg31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.