black bean chili ~ with a secret

Welcome to this month’s round of Lazy Susan!
For most of the country, and even here in So-Cal, there’s a chill in the air which lead us to slow-cooker or Crock Pot dishes.
I love a good veggie chili and this one is easy, delicious, healthy and perfect to throw together for a family get together or party.


and since I didn’t actually own a crock pot, a shopping trip was in order. I didn’t want to spend much and knew I didn’t need anything fancy, but something this cute just had to come home with me. 2 people in the store actually stopped me to comment on how cute my crock pot was! I left the store as a happy new crock-pot owner. (it’s only $20)!
cute patterned crock pot vegan recipe

Now for the black bean chili and it’s little secret. Some of you may have tried this in chili, and for those who haven’t, you may think I have gone a tad crazy. It’s cocoa powder, and while you won’t have even a hint of chocolate taste in the end, it does help to add depth to the chili and a few extra antioxidants.
This recipe is for a veggie chili, but my husband was used to a more traditional texture, and for him I added a little tvp. If you are used to veggie chili, I would keep the recipe as is. If you happen to be serving this to non veg-heads or recent converts, adding tvp or Boca ground crumbles certainly makes the texture more familiar. Use an additional 1/4 cup water if you decide to add tvp or crumbles.


2 cans black beans drained and rinsed
2 cans diced tomato, with green chilis if you like it spicy
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2-3 green onions chopped
1 red onion diced
1/3 cup cilantro- roughly chopped
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon chili powder * if you used tomato with chilis, use 1 teaspoon without chili powder
optional garnished:
Better than Sour Cream
green onion
diced tomato


place all ingredients in crock pot or slow cooker and cook for 2-3 hours on high, or 4-5 hours on low.

serves 4-6
prep time – 10 minutes


Ok- I hope you remember that Lazy Susan is an awesome group, so glad to have you along for our virtual pot luck, so keep on clicking and see Sara Tegman’s apple crisp !  

* just a warning, I am currently the only vegan in the group*


March 5, 2012 - 1:44 pm

Lovlie - Cocoa powder works wonderfully with chilli! I also put a little in my chilli tomato based sauces. Yummy! It takes the taste to a little more depth. Your crock pot is really cute and that for only $20, wow! 🙂 Enjoy!

March 5, 2012 - 7:02 pm

lazy susan | march » JACKANDRUBYstudios - […] for more tasty slow cooker recipes? Head over to my pal Amanda Prince over at The Sunny Vegan for her Black Bean Chili with a […]

March 5, 2012 - 7:05 pm

Shannon - This is a must try with cocoa powder! 🙂

March 6, 2012 - 12:09 pm

amy b - i am a fan of chili year round. so so so tasty and i will be making this one.

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