The Crazy Kitchen: Easy Peasy Beany Chilli

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Thursday 25 August 2011

Easy Peasy Beany Chilli

I love my slow cooker but I usually forget about dinner until past lunchtime, by which time it's too late to start cooking in a slow cooker.

But when I'm organised I like to make a veggie chilli (just don't tell the husband that it's got no meat in....).

It's a very easy recipe, I just chop & throw in the pot, I don't bother with the 'frying off' as that just creates more washing up and the whole point of a slow cooker, in my opinion, is the beauty of 'one pot/less washing up' cooking. Since receiving my Cryotex knives it has made the whole chopping process a lot quicker and easier.

Here's my recipe - you can adjust the intensity of the chilli by adding more chilli flakes or chilli powder or leaving it out completely if you like a mild chilli - the cayenne pepper adds enough spice for some.


1 Onion - chopped
2 Small Carrots - chopped
1 Courgette - chopped
1 Small Butternut squash (approx 450g) - chopped
2 Garlic Cloves - chopped or crushed
290g Can Chilli Beans (in the chilli sauce)
400g Can Chickpeas
400g Baked Beans
1/2 Pint boiling water
1 tsp Paprika
1tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/2 tsp Crushed Chilli Flakes

Throw in the slow cooked, give it a mix and turn onto high and leave for around 4 hours before turning down to low for a further 2 hours or until you are ready to eat it.

And as if it didn't have enough veg in already, I added a couple of scoops of Kidz 5 a day to give it a richer flavour.....and to ensure that we all get our 5 a day!

Serve with Baked Potato/Rice and Cheese, or in a bowl with some crusty bread....



  1. This is my kind of food. Yummy!

  2. Tha look and sounds yummy but OH would moan about there be no meat!! We have beef chilli con carne for our dinner tonight funnily enough :0

  3. do what I do.....tell him there is meat but it;'s just been cooked a long time so he probably doesn't notice it!! ha


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