Monday, May 11, 2009

Meatless Monday: Slow-Cooker Two Bean Chili

Whew! I'm still catching my breath after a whirlwind weekend with Kuzak's parents. I promise to report soon on all of our fabulous meals at joints like Comme Ca, The Bazaar by Jose Andres & Lucques. In the meantime, I'm going to leave you with a great, simple crock pot recipe that also happens to be vegetarian (as I promised I'm blogging meatless recipes). Beans, in addition to having fiber and nutrients, also make a complete protein when paired with rice. I serve this two bean chili with a whole grain rice. So give this a try - I promise you'll love it!

Domestic Diva's Slow-Cooker Two Bean Chili

1 cup cranberry or pinto beans, soaked overnight
1 cup white beans, soaked overnight
4 cups vegetable broth
1 can chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 bay leaf
1 yellow onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup cooked whole grain rice


Add everything except the rice to the crock pot or slow cooker. Simmer for 6-8 hours, or until the beans are tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with 1/2 cup of the rice. Enjoy!


  1. If you like chili you might want to check out Meatless Monday's chili ideas: Chili is so hearty that there are tons of great meatless chili recipes out there. My favorite is the Macho Monday Chili, but Beany Red Wine Chili is delish too. Also, be sure to check out the hilarious chili quotes:

    I work for Meatless Monday- a nonprofit public health through the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. It encourages people to cut meat from their diets once per week, reducing saturated fat to prevent disease, as well as cutting meat to decrease our carbon footprint. For more on the facts and figures of the history and science behind the campaign, check out our youtube video:

    Did you know about our initiative or did you think of Meatless Monday on your own? I loved your Meatless Monday post and encourage you to keep it up every week! The Meatless Monday homepage listed you as a featured friend this week and linked to the Domestic Divas blog. I'd love to open the doors of communication with you more directly so we can share food resources, coordinate outreach efforts etc. Please email me back at

    Happy Cooking and Blogging!

    -Joey Lee
    Executive Assistant
    Meatless Monday

  2. Thanks for your great comment! I'm a big supporter of what you're doing. I got the idea from a health news post I wrote on a study that people who consumed more meat had health problems, so I promised to start posting more meatless recipes. This happened to be on a Monday I think - but I may have heard of your program also. I'll send you an email! Thanks for featuring me!

    The Diva