Three Bean Chili With Dumplings (Crock Pot)

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 8 hrs 30 mins

Recipe source: Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the oil and then add the onions, bell pepper and garlic, cover and cook until softened (3-5 minutes). Stir in tomato paste and chili powder and cook about 1 minute longer.
  2. Transfer mixture to slow cooker.
  3. Add tomatoes, beans and water to slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper, cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  4. To make the dumplings: combine first 5 ingredients (flour -salt) in a bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients (corn - oil) until combined. DO NOT OVERMIX.
  5. Turn slow cooker on high and drop dumpling batter by spoonfuls over the chili.
  6. Cover and cook on high for 30-45 minutes or until dumplings are cooked through.
Most Helpful

This is probably the first vegetarian chili that I've enjoyed. Most are just too sweet and just taste like a vegetarian stew, but this one doesn't. I added a 1/4 cup of peanut better, which thickened the chili and made it taste meaty (seriously, try it!) and left out the tomato paste, which I hate using. I also added chopped celery, serrano peppers and Adobo seasoning. The dumplings were delicious as well and really made the dish special. I will be making this again, for sure.

rpgaymer February 17, 2014

This recipe is a great vegetarian chili that even appeases the hardcore carnivores in our house! I use 2 onions and a whole pepper, as well as an extra can of kidney beans to make it a little chunkier and the results are always a win at my house.

Alice Trout September 02, 2009

You've got A GREAT CHILLI DISH here, although I did cut back on the chili powder & also used about 1 teaspoon of lemon pepper in place of the usual S&P! I especially enjoyed the cornmeal dumplings! Thanks for sharing it! [Tagged, made & reviewed in Please Review My Recipe]

Sydney Mike November 04, 2008