Sunday, January 6, 2013

Vegetable Chili Con Carne

We are finally getting Winter like weather in AZ and this chili is perfect for a cold day. I love using my slow cooker but you could easily do this on the stove top as well. The recipe comes from the book 'Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Recipes for Two'. It is a pretty awesome cookbook for someone who is just cooking for one.


Let's grab some ingredients and get cooking!

This looks like a lot of stuff, but this could not be easier. You will need corn, beans, tomatoes, ground meat, jalapeno, sweet potato, green pepper, celery, onion, brown sugar, garlic, cumin, chili powder, oregano, coriander, allspice, and some cloves. The recipe also called for squash but I thought it was just going to make too much food so that is what I omitted.

Get all of your veggies prepped.

garlic and onions
Chop up your onion and garlic and set aside.

everybody in
Get all of the other chopped veggies in the slow cooker. Do not add the corn and beans at this point, they will go in later.

Measure out your spices and take a goofy picture of them.

Get the onions and garlic in a pan. Biz, look away from the onions!!

browning the meat
After about a minute or two, drop in your meat. I used ground turkey but you can use any ground meat you like.

everything in
Once the meat is browned, get it in the crock pot with the tomatoes, brown sugar and the spices. Let this cook for 3.5 hours on low.

reduced down
After the 3.5 hours you can add the beans and corn. I really don't think it would make a huge difference if you added the beans and corn at the beginning and let them cook the entire 7 hours.

corn and  beans in for 3 more hours
Everyone is in! Give it a stir and let this cook for another 3.5 hours.

Vegetable Chili Con Carne
Ready to eat!!

Vegetable Chili Con Carne
This was so tasty and because I did not seed my jalapeno it was spicy! This is just what I needed on a cold day. The addition of the sweet potato really changed this up from your usual chili flavor. I will definitely make it again.


  1. This is such a warm and comforting meal.

  2. Yum! Looks delicious! And I spy Persian brand cumin :) love it!

  3. There's little I love more than a good chili. This looks awesome!

  4. Sounds wonderful and I bet your whole house smelled amazing!

  5. Thank you for the warning to shield my eyes from the onions! :D

    I actually think I have everything to make this - I bought a package of potatoes off the dollar rack at my store and was surprised that I had two sweet potatoes!

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    1. Thank you, I was sad to see my Christmas one go, but this one is cute.

  7. It looks hearty and so delicious.

  8. I am a HUGE chili fan! This recipe looks great!

  9. I'm so jealous of your crock pot! You live in AZ and have one... I think SF is cold enough for me to get one too. :) Your chili looks so good. We totally need this tonight... it's going to be very cold this week. :)

  10. I love crock pots and this sounds like a great chili!! Love the different ingredients in it :)

  11. Chili con carne is essentially a stew with many spices. It is prepared with onions, cumin, peppers, garlic, and types of meat – which can include ground or sliced beef, and sometimes white meats. It can also include other vegetables, such as tomatoes. Beans are common for this dish. Most people simply know it as chili. There is some dispute over which ingredients should be involved, such as the inclusion of beans. The same applies to whether or not chili con carne can stand on its own as a dish, since in Mexican traditional food preparation, it is only used as an ingredient.

  12. yummy! I love chilli

    Oh, and I have a little question for you... is this the kind of thing you could eat with corn bread?
    We don't have corn bread much over here and I'm keen to make it but wasn't quite sure what to serve it with. :)


    1. This is absolutely a dish you could serve with corn bread, it would be a great pairing!