Crockpot Four Bean Chili

BY : PUBLISHED : October 17th, 2012 UPDATED: August 18th, 2021

From the author, Toni Okamoto: This is the easiest, laziest, and cheapest recipe of all time. I’ve made it for countless omnivorous friends and family members and have had a 100% success rate! This Crockpot Four Bean Chili is an inexpensive, low-fuss crowd pleaser!

From Plant-Based on a Budget: We are very excited to share yet another amazing, hands-off recipe to help you avoid those last-minute dinner prep worries. This Crockpot Four Bean Chili is the answer to your “Dinner’s ready” prayers! It’s packed with protein, veggies, and most importantly, flavor.

Crockpot/Slow cooker or Pressure Cooker

As many of us have, you might be wondering whether it is best to buy a crockpot or a pressure cooker. It’s a serious dilemma and we are happy to help you with the decision. The easiest answer is, it depends on your needs. They are both amazing pieces of equipment that can help you put a delicious and healthy dinner on the table without having to be hands-on in the kitchen but they do have one major difference.

A crockpot is a slow cooker so it does require some planning in advance. You’ll need to have decided what you’ll be eating for dinner with hours in advance but once you get it going, you can forget about it until it’s ready to be served. A pressure cooker gets you to the same place but way faster, you can whip up a stew or a soup, like this Crockpot Four Bean Chili, in 5 minutes. Yes, 5 minutes. This obviously allows you to be more spontaneous and might be the better choice if you don’t have that planning itch inside you.

Make Now, Eat Later

The beauty of this Crockpot Four Bean Chili is that you can prepare a big batch on Sundays (or any day you’re up for batch cooking) and have it for the rest of your week. If you usually struggle with lack of time, then we couldn’t recommend this weekly step enough.

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Photos by Alfonso Revilla

a bowl of four bean chili topped with avocado

Crockpot Four Bean Chili

Toni Okamoto
No time to deal with dinner? No worries! This Crockpot Four Bean Chili is the perfect hands-off solution for the whole family.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 servings
Calories 359 kcal
METHOD Slow Cooker
DIET Vegan


  • 1 small yellow or red onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small green or red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small zucchini, grated
  • 15 ounces of diced tomatoes
  • 30 ounces of black beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 ounces of pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 ounces of kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 ounces of garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup of frozen corn kennels
  • 3 Tablespoons of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 6 ouces of tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Salt, to taste


  • Throw all the ingredients in a crock pot and mix thoroughly. Cook on low for at least four hours, stirring occasionally (every hour or so).
  • Alternatively, if you don't have a crock pot and you have an hour or so to watch the pot, you can saute the vegetables and add the rest of the ingredients. Cook on medium heat, stirring frequently to avoid burning.


Calories: 359kcalCarbohydrates: 65gProtein: 21gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1262mgPotassium: 1249mgFiber: 22gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 684IUVitamin C: 33mgCalcium: 191mgIron: 9mg
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About Toni Okamoto

"They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy.
My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy,
'Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways...
we got to start taking better care of ourselves " - Dead Prez

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