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This delicious Slow Cooked Chipotle Bean Chili is so easy to make! All you need is a slow cooker, a handful of ingredients, and 5 minutes to prep. This healthy bean chili is also high in protein, vegan, and low in calories. It’s perfect for cooking in a big batch and meal prepping, costing just $1.61 per serving.
Can I Meal Prep This Recipe?
Yes! It’s perfect for meal prepping! It’s completely no fuss, it just uses the slow cooker pot, requires only a couple of minutes of prep, and is super healthy! The best thing is, just like regular chili, it develops flavor over time, so it only gets better the next day!
You can serve it in multiple ways. My two favorite is with either a side of Mexican flavored rice or in a tortilla wrap with fillings! Some of my favorites to add are guacamole, sour cream, rice, herbs & cheese.
125 grams of Cooked Rice & Chipotle Bean Chili Nutrition Label
1 Tortilla Wrap & Chipotle Bean Chili Nutrition Label
To store this bean chili, transfer it to an airtight container and leave it to cool. Then add an airtight lid and place it in the fridge. The bean chili will last for up to 3 days in the refrigerator and up to 3 months in the freezer.
To thaw, take it out of the freezer and place it in the refrigerator the night before you plan on using it and use it within 24 hours.
What Size Slow Cooker Should I Use?
It’s important to use the right size slow cooker to avoid undercooking or overcooking. For this recipe, I used a 3.5-quart slow cooker, which worked great!
- Small 2 quart slow cookers still work with the recipe quantities.
- Larger 4 quart and larger slow cookers need to be doubled for the best results.
What is Chipotle Paste?
The chipotle paste is a purée made from chipotle chilies, which are ripe jalapeño chilies that have been dried and smoked. It usually has some added ingredients like onion, garlic, tomato purée, vinegar, spices, dried herbs, and sugar to add flavor and help turn it into a paste.
Ingredient & Cost Information
Onion – The best onion to use is either a yellow or red onion. Whichever you use just make sure to dice it very finely! – $0.30
Garlic – Use fresh garlic cloves, they are much better than pre-minced garlic. – $0.15
Chipotle Paste – Is usually found in the aisle with the jarred or international foods. The best replacement for chipotle paste is ground chipotle or smoked chili powder. – $0.45
Mixed Beans – They are widely popular in supermarkets and contain a selection of beans. This is usually a mix of Red Kidney, Haricot, Pinto, Borlotti, Black-Eyed, and Cannellini Beans and Chick Peas. As a replacement, you can use 3 types of your favorite beans listed above, or try this combination of Pinto, Red Kidney & Cannellini Beans. – $2.5
Chopped Tomatoes – Use the best tinned chopped tomatoes you can get, it will make a difference! Cheaper tomatoes tend to be more acidic and less sweet so you might want to add 1/2 tsp of sugar when using a cheaper brand. – $2.8
Smoked Paprika – Adds a nice smokey flavor to the chili, but can be swapped for any other type of paprika. – $0.09
Cumin – Make sure to use ground cumin instead of cumin seeds, it will infuse into the chili much better! – $0.08
Oregano – The Mexican and Mediterranean oregano both work with this recipe, if you had a choice opt for the Mexican oregano but the latter still works! – $0.07
The total price for one batch of chipotle bean chili is approximately $6.44, which is $1.61 per portion.
Step by Step Instructions
1) Prepare all the ingredients and add to the slow cooker. Mix thoroughly and place the lid on.
2) Turn on the slow cooker and cook at either high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Carefully take off the lid and mix thoroughly. Taste and season with salt if necessary.
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Chipotle Bean Chili
- 1 Onion very finely diced
- 3 Garlic minced
- 1 tsp Chipotle paste
- 1.2 kg Mixed Beans drained and rinsed
- 800 g Chopped Tomatoes
- 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
- ½ tsp Ground Cumin
- ½ tsp Oregano
- ½ tsp Sea Salt
- 1 bunch Coriander
- Add all the ingredients to a slow cooker. Mix thoroughly and place a lid on the slow cooker.
- Turn on and cook at either high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Take off the lid and mix thoroughly.