As soon as the weather gets cold, I start craving soup. Soup is such a cozy, comforting dish to warm your tummy. And while chili is technically not soup, it has the same warming properties and it sounded good on this cold Pacific Northwest fall day.
When we started looking into moving aboard last year about this time, we came across a YouTube channel called Sailing Selkie. It was a young couple who were making the transition from living in an apartment to living on a sailboat in the Seattle area. We watched their videos over and over. They were doing exactly what we were working toward! In one of their episodes, they made a delicious looking pot of soup in a Wonderbag and we immediately added it to our list of needed boat items. Sadly, Sailing Selkie is no more, but we had to credit them with our discovery of this awesome slow cooker that requires no electricity.
This chili recipe will work in any slow cooker (or even just on the stovetop if you prefer!), but it was perfect for our Wonderbag.
Scroll past the video for the full recipe.
Tummy-Warming Veggie Chili
Veggie chili to warm your tummy made in a Wonderbag or other slow cooker
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 large onion chopped
- 2 large carrots chopped
- 1 med sweet potato chopped
- 2-3 jalapenos chopped
- 2 med zucchinis chopped
- 1 bag frozen corn
- 2-3 cloves fresh garlic chopped
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (or chili powder)
- 1 can kidney beans drained
- 1 can navy beans drained
- 2 cans white beans (Great Northern) drained
- 2 cans pinto beans drained
- 1 can tomato paste
- 1 can petite chopped tomatoes
- 1 can fire roasted chopped tomatoes
- 1 can Guiness draught beer or other dark beer
Melt butter in a pan. Add onions.
Add sweet potato, carrots, jalapenos to the pan and cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add fresh garlic and spices.
Add tomatoes, tomato paste, beans and beer.
Bring to a boil.
Remove pot from stove and put it in the Wonderbag.
Set aside for 3-3 1/2 hours.
Add zucchini and corn.
Let cook for another 1-2 hours.
Serve with your favorite toppings. We love sour cream, a little shredded cheese and sliced avocado!
If you are using a regular slow cooker, simply put all your ingredients into the slow cooker, mix well and cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 8-9 hours.
If you are planning to leave your boat while your chili cooks, you can add the corn and zucchini with your beans and tomatoes. We just like them a little less soft, but they will be fine cooking the full amount of time.
What are your favorite chili toppings? Let us know if you try this recipe and what you think!