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Slow-Cooker Spicy “Sausage” and Bean Chili

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Are you tired of chili yet?  No?  Good!  What about the freezing cold weather?  Are you tired of that yet?  Yyyeah, me too!  I am glad we agree on both of those.  Since we are all still loving on chili, I have a delicious recipe to share with you.  And, because it has been so bitterly cold lately, I made this one extra spicy to help keep us all warm and toasty.

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Slow-Cooker Spicy “Sausage” and Bean Chili

Servings: 4-6


1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 cloves minced garlic
2 cans chili beans
1 can diced tomatoes with juices
16 oz tomato juice
1 packet chili seasoning (try to find one with the fewest ingredients)
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp cumin
black pepper, to taste
2 links Mexican vegan sausage, sliced (I used Field Roast brand)


Get ready.  This is going to be tough, so take a lot of notes ;).

1. Dump all of the ingredients, except the sausage, into your slow-cooker and stir until mixed well.

2. Cover and cook on high for approximately 4 to 5 hours, or on low for 7 to 9 hours.

3. Stir in sausage and cook an additional hour.

I told you it was easy!  This is exactly why I love my slow-cooker.

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Serve your bowl of spicy chili with saltine crackers, oyster crackers (my favorite!), or with your favorite slice of bread.

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Oh, and you might want to serve your chili up alongside a large glass of your favorite ice cold beverage.  This one makes your mouth a tiny bit warm.  The spice is certainly not unbearable, but it will wake you up ;).  But do not fret if you are not a fan of spicy foods.  Simply choose a “sausage” that is not spicy and you will be good to go!

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Have you ever added vegan “sausage” or sausage (for you meat-eaters) to your chili?

If not, I highly recommend that you do!

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  • Marie @ Little Kitchie January 13, 2014, 6:18 am
    I can never have too many chili recipes! Sounds delicious! Marie @ Little Kitchie recently posted...eloteMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 13, 2014, 1:30 pm
      I totally agree! Chili is one of those foods that I never get tired of.
  • Julia January 13, 2014, 7:23 am
    I'm definitely not tired of chili yet, and in fact it's all I've been craving lately. This bowl looks so inviting and flavorful! Next chili go-around, this one's up to bat! :) Julia recently posted...Buttermilk Spoonbread (guest post)My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 13, 2014, 1:31 pm
      Thanks Julia! And I completely understand. I crave chili a lot, especially during the Winter!
  • Carly @ Snack Therapy January 13, 2014, 7:35 am
    We finally got some rain where I live, although I was gone in sunny LA when it happened. And now today is going to be 68 and sunny again, but chili is always appropriate no matter the weather. I've never tried vegan sausage before and I never really eat meaty sausage, but I would totally throw some chicken chunks into this! Carly @ Snack Therapy recently posted...Skinny: The Ultimate Compliment?My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 13, 2014, 1:32 pm
      I never thought about that, but it must be strange that have really hot foods when it is still quite nice outside where you live. But then again, I have been known to eat soup during the Summer when it is 90 degrees out..I'm weird ;).
  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies January 13, 2014, 10:10 am
    I ALMOST bought Field Roast's Mexican sausage the other day, but I got a pile of Daiya cheeses instead -- is it as tasty as the others? It sounds perfect in your chili.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 13, 2014, 1:33 pm
      I really like it! The apple/sage flavor will probably always be my favorite, but the Mexican is a nice change. It definitely has some kick to it, though!
  • Katie @ running4cupcakes January 13, 2014, 10:27 am
    I love chili - especially in the winter!! And we like it spicy in our house. :) With lots of corn bread and honey butter. ;)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 13, 2014, 1:33 pm
      Yeah, I really failed myself by not making cornbread with this batch. Chili is awesome, but not AWESOME unless you have cornbread to go with it ;).
  • Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef January 13, 2014, 11:02 am
    everybody is posting recipes for chili lately....this version sounds SO good! Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef recently posted...Broccoli Stuffed Loaded Potato Skins with Avocado CreamMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 13, 2014, 1:34 pm
      I noticed that too! So weird! I am glad I am not the only one loving on chili right now :).
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine January 13, 2014, 12:35 pm
    I'm not a huge sausage fan (#TWHES? haha!) so I've never added it to my chili. This recipe looks fab though. I love alllllll things soup and chili in the winter :) Becky @ Olives n Wine recently posted...Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal MuffinsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 13, 2014, 1:36 pm
      Apparently I am way out of the loop, but what does #TWHES stand for?? ;)
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien January 13, 2014, 1:22 pm
    Yummmm! Yet another reason why I MUST try Field Roast :) Alexis @ Hummusapien recently posted...My First Juice Cleanse + Giveaway WinnerMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 13, 2014, 1:37 pm
      Oh my gosh, yes!! I really think you would like it! The apple/sage flavor is my absolute favorite.
  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 13, 2014, 2:14 pm
    I was definitely tired of the cold weather, but the really extreme snap broke and now we're hovering around freezing again, which isn't so bad. A nice bowl of chili is always comforting tho… Now if only I had a slow cooker.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 13, 2014, 8:10 pm
      I still cannot believe you do not have a slow cooker! You DEF need to invest in one. And lucky for you, they are pretty inexpensive! ;)
  • Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl January 13, 2014, 2:26 pm
    Yum! I'm definitely not tired of chili yet or soup. This looks delicious and really hearty. Makin' me crave chili tonight!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 13, 2014, 8:14 pm
      I don't think I could ever get tired of chili. It's definitely one of the BEST comfort foods.
  • sharsti January 13, 2014, 3:10 pm
    you know I love a good slow cooker recipe, yum! sharsti recently posted...Weekly Goals and Monday Funny MotivationMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 13, 2014, 8:15 pm
      Slow cooker recipes are the best, aren't they?? You really cannot beat the ease and convenience. I wish I could make EVERYTHING in them ;).
  • Ang @ Nutty for Life January 13, 2014, 3:25 pm
    Neve tired of chili!! Keep it coming! I should try vegan sausage. I love meat sausage and it would be a great experiment for me. Ang @ Nutty for Life recently posted...Sleepless [MIMM #21]My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 13, 2014, 8:16 pm
      You should!! If you do you should definitely get the Field Roast brand. It is the best I have tried so far.
  • Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog January 13, 2014, 3:39 pm
    I don't think I ever get tired of chili! I love that you can make it so many different ways by adding all different kinds of ingredients. I usually go for ground beef/pork, but sausage sounds like it'd be tasty too! Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog recently posted...This Week: Exercise PlanMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 13, 2014, 8:17 pm
      Chili is definitely one of those foods that you could come up with a million different tasty combinations for. That is one of the reasons why I LOVE making soups.
  • Nicole @ FruitnFitness January 13, 2014, 6:24 pm
    It's not possible to get tired of chili! I am trying to make some other soups the past few weeks but I almost always have some chili in my freezer. I don't think I have ever thought of adding sausage to chili before, i'm sure its a great addition though. Nicole @ FruitnFitness recently posted...MIMM – a weekend turnaroundMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 13, 2014, 8:24 pm
      It is wonderful! You should definitely give it a try. And now I need to go make an entire batch and freeze it... ;)
  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes January 14, 2014, 5:24 pm
    Every week I keep meaning to put chili on my weekly dinner plan and keep forgetting. THIS recipe looks like a winner!! Congrats on the self-hosted site! Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes recently posted...Red Velvet Cheesecake BrowniesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 15, 2014, 4:38 pm
      Well you had better get some chili made before the weather starts turning hot! ;)
  • Ginny @ Vegan In The Freezer January 18, 2014, 8:15 pm
    This is looking like a delicious chili and then in a slow cooker too? Great!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 18, 2014, 9:03 pm
      I really enjoyed it AND loved that it was easy with the slow cooker. You really can't beat coming home to a meal already prepared :).
  • Janelle @ Run With No Regrets January 22, 2014, 6:24 am
    Sad to say, I've never heard of vegan sausage. Love your chilli recipe! I was going to have turkey chilli tonight...I think you've inspired me to branch out a bit! :)

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