7 Vegetarian Dishes You Can Make in a Crockpot

The crockpot is ideal for meat-centric Sunday suppers and weekdays when everything can cook while you’re at work, but what many consumers forget is that the slow cooker can work its magic on vegetarian dishes, too. Dishes like veggie-heavy curries, chilis, soups, and stews are also easily mastered when cooked and marinated for hours on low heat in the slow cooker. The flavors blend together, filling your house with a mouth-watering aroma, and pretty soon you have eaters of all kinds waiting for your vegetarian dinner. Check out these seven dishes that are perfect for your slow cooker, and let the appliance do all the hard work for you.

1. Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili with Butternut Squash

Vegetarian Chili, sweet potato

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First up is a chili recipe from The Lemon Bowl that is perfect for the fall and winter harvest. Enlisting butternut squash, this Vegetarian Chili is packed with sweet and savory flavor, and it’s also full of plant-based protein and fiber thanks to beans, corn, and tomatoes. The dish can cook in the crockpot for up to 8 hours and should be served with sour cream and chips.


  • 1 medium onion – diced
  • 1 red pepper – seeded and diced
  • 14 oz fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 14 oz kidney beans – drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups butternut squash – peeled and diced
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth – low sodium
  • 1 cup corn – fresh or frozen
  • 3 cloves garlic – minced
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

Read full recipe directions at The Lemon Bowl