Slow Chili

It’s turned out to be a slow cooker kind of week.


1 tablespoon oil

1 small onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, smooshed

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped

1 14.5 can crushed tomatoes (sometimes I used the diced tomatoes, and when there’s a sale or I’m in a hurry or feeling rushed, a can of diced tomatoes with jalapeño already in it and skip the buying and chopping.)



3 cups cooked white beans, drained and rinsed (2 of what used to be 1 pound cans, now they vary between 15.5 oz and 14 oz and some brands have significantly more bean juice then others; it’s easy to cook your own if you’re planning to have beans in the week ahead….)

1 16 oz can hominy, drained and rinsed

1 ½ cups water

½ teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

(2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro – I’m not crazy about cilantro and you have to buy it by the whole bunch, which is WAY more the 2 tablespoons and then you can either spend your week watching it wilt into a long slow death OR keep chopping and adding it and making everything you eat taste the same, still not crazy for the taste sort of way. This is my cilantro stand. You are entitled to your own cilantro opinion. Cook for yourself.

Not to sound contrary, BUT  if I had a garden, I’d grow cilantro for the seeds  – a/k/a/coriander – and then I’d have a few sprigs for things like this, and I wouldn’t be spending cash money to make compost.)



  1. Heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, cook 1 minute more.
  3. Add the chili powder and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds more.
  4. Scrape this flavor base into a 4 – 6 quart slow cook.
  5. Add the jalapeno, tomatoes, beans, hominy, water, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper.
  6. Stir to blend.
  7. Cover.
  8. Cook on LOW 6-8 hours.
  9. 9.   Come home to one great smelling kitchen….
  10. 10.               Taste. Adjust seasonings. Add cilantro (or not). Enjoy!


Adapted from Robin Robertston. Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker. Harvard Common Press: Boston. 2004. p. 69.


Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker

Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker



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