Slow Cooker Vegetarian Buckeye Chili

by Erin

If you are going to take away the meat from my chili you better be able to back it up. This vegetarian bean chili is the next best thing. 

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chili

It’s that time of year… chilly chili time! While my go-to chili will always be my dad’s, if I need a vegetarian option this recipe is also exceptional. It involves a variety of canned beans and a lot of vegetable chopping in the beginning (can use a food processor to speed things up), but once it’s in your slow cooker there’s nothing left to do but go about your day and come home to dinner.

Vegetarian Buckeye Chili made in a slow cooker

Since today is a Saturday that also means I snuck peanut butter and chocolate in there as well for #PBchocSat! The Ohio State Buckeyes are at home against the Wisconsin Badgers today at noon and it’s our toughest match up yet. But I have faith in my team, especially since it’s on our own turf (literally). But just in case I have this comforting chili to take care of my nerves.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili

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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Buckeye Chili

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Six years ago: Sea Salt Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups

Eight years ago: Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Caramelized Onions, Bacon, and Apple


Serves 8-10


1/4 cup olive oil

4 medium onions, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

4 celery stalks, chopped

4 red, yellow and/or orange bell peppers, seeded and chopped

1 (15.5 oz.) can black beans, rinsed & drained

1 (15.5 oz.) can cannellini beans, rinsed & drained

1 (15.5 oz.) can pinto beans, rinsed & drained

1 (15.5 oz.) can kidney beans, rinsed & drained

1 (14.5 oz.) can of diced tomatoes

1/2 cup unsweetened natural peanut butter

1/4 cup chili powder

2 Tbsp cocoa powder

2 Tbsp dried oregano

2 tsp salt

2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

2 Tbsp distilled white vinegar

1 Tbsp hot sauce (optional)


  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onions and garlic sauté until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the peppers and celery and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Set your slow cooker to low. Add the sauteed vegetables and remaining ingredients. Stir to combine and cover. Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours.

Source: Adapted slightly from A Side of Sweet.

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Sue Lau October 30, 2019 - 7:49 am

All the different beans make this one beautiful and tempting.

spiffycookie October 30, 2019 - 7:51 am

No reason to not give into the temptation!

Cheese Curd In Paradise October 29, 2019 - 2:36 pm

I am just loving the creativity and flavor combo! Chocolate and peanut butter must make this taste incredible!

spiffycookie October 29, 2019 - 3:46 pm

it was a unique but subtle flavor that I really enjoyed!

Hezzi-D October 26, 2019 - 3:15 pm

Wow peanut butter and chocolate in this chili? I bet it’s delicious!

Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck October 26, 2019 - 12:59 pm

So many beans! Sound delicious…and I love the peanut butter addition…definitely going to be trying that in the future!!!

spiffycookie October 27, 2019 - 3:10 pm

I enjoyed the combination of beans.

Karen October 26, 2019 - 12:06 pm

Love how you sneak Ohio State into many of your recipes! This sounds delicious.

spiffycookie October 27, 2019 - 3:09 pm

Every Saturday through college football season!

Susan October 26, 2019 - 10:39 am

You aren’t the first one to put chocolate in chili, but I think you may be for putting peanut butter in. This chili does sound intriguing. Not sure I’ll try it, but I’m keeping the recipe.

spiffycookie October 27, 2019 - 3:10 pm

You can easily leave out the peanut butter and/or cocoa.

Wendy Klik October 26, 2019 - 8:13 am

I was waiting for this recipe since I saw it in the lineup. I’ll bet the chocolate and peanut butter added a great layer of flavor.

spiffycookie October 27, 2019 - 3:10 pm

It was definitely a good addition without being a prominent flavor.


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