I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but Fall is definitely potluck season around here.

Every year, not a weekend goes by in late September and October that I don’t have to cook up a dish for a crowd; I’ve got some favorite pot luck fare and this kidney bean crockpot chili recipe fits into that category.


Chili can be made with many types of beans. I usually make chili with black beans, but this time I used kidney beans (I’m blogging the letters of the alphabet this month and it’s “K” day after all). To make things simple, I like to cook chili in a crockpot- I love how you can throw all the ingredients in the crock pot in the evening and your meal is ready the next morning!

This is a vegetarian chili; you can brown 1 pound of organic grass-fed turkey or beef and add it to the recipe, if you like, but my family prefers vegetarian chili, so I don’t usually add meat.

Because I’ve been intrigued by the idea of adding chocolate to chili as of late, I added some cocoa powder as well as dark chocolate to the chili at the end; the chocolate adds a rich and somewhat mysterious flavor that I really like. If you don’t fancy the idea of chili with chocolate, just leave it out.

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This post is linked to Miz Helen’s Texas Star Chili Cook Off!


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    CherylK — October 11, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

    Looks just delicious. I’ve never made chili with chocolate or cinnamon but I’m going to this recipe just as it is. I have two crockpots – a big one and a small one – and I love them both!

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    Miz Helen — October 11, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

    I am so excited that you brought your Crock Pot Vegetarian Chili with Chocolate over to the Texas Star Chili Cook Off. Your recipe looks wonderful, I can almost smell it, we are going to have so much fun!
    Thanks for coming over.

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    Winnie — October 11, 2010 @ 6:02 pm

    It was my pleasure Helen!