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Weeknight Wonders: 30 Vegan Slow Cooker Recipes

 

There's nothing more comforting in life than a lazy Sunday curled up with a good book while the slow cooker bubbles away in the background. Slow cookers are supper saviors. You throw everything in, turn it on, and several hours later you have delicious comfort food that hits the spot every time.

Whether kitchen connoisseur or rough around the edges chef, slow cooker recipes are always easy to make. Vegan slow cooker recipes are extra delicious as the crockpot helps vegan dishes become hearty, rich, and bursting with flavor.

Whenever you want an easy vegan meal, these thirty blissful vegan recipes should be stashed in your kitchen drawer. Take a look at some of our plant-based fave crockpot recipes that are crazy good...

 

 1. Moroccan Chickpea Vegan Stew

 

Moroccan magic comes together in this sultry spice blend that simmers with soul-warming chickpeas, bright pepper, a thick tomato sauce, lentils, butternut squash, and a delicious veggie broth. Let cook for four hours before serving with fluffy quinoa and a dollop of coconut yoghurt. This is a sensational vegan slow cooker stew...

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium white onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 small butternut squash peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 3/4 cup red lentils
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can pure tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper + more as needed
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • to serve:
  • cooked quinoa
  • arugula
  • coconut yogurt

Recipe by: Simply Quinoa
Get the instructions: Moroccan Chickpea Stew

 

2. Butternut Squash Soup

 

Sweet Butternut Squash was made for the slow cooker. This soup is a fall fave and even if you can't get hold of squash, you can tweak it to become a bright and delicious pumpkin soup instead. Apples for tartness and coconut milk for creaminess, there's lots to love here. This is one of those vegan crockpot recipes that is super simple.

Ingredients:

  • 1 butternut squash diced
  • 2 cups of veg broth
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 medium white onion diced
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • a bunch of fresh thyme
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • salt and pepper to season

Recipe by: Live Eat Learn
Get the instructions: Slow Cooker Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

 

3.Black Bean Quinoa Chili

 

Slow cooker black bean chili is always a winner and practically zero effort. Forget those watery tasteless chilis from your college days and celebrate the dark, dreamy, and deliciously filling combo of black bean meets Tex Mex flavors and wholesome quinoa. It also comes topped with creamy avocado. Your slow cooker vegan life will never be the same.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Small Red Onion, diced
  • 1/2 bunch Fresh Cilantro, stems and leaves divided
  • 2 cup Frozen Corn, thawed
  • 2 – 2 1/2 cup cooked Black Beans (about 2 cans, rinsed and drained)
  • 2 – 2 1/2 cup cooked Red Kidney Beans
  • 1 cup Dry Quinoa
  • 1 28 oz. can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 6 oz. can Tomato Paste
  • 2 3/4 cup Veg Broth
  • 2 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional, reduce if you are sensitive to heat)
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt, plus more to taste
  • Avocado, for serving (optional)
  • Nutritional Yeast, for serving (optional)

Recipe by: From my Bowl
Get the instructions: Slow Cooker Bean and Quinoa Chili

 

4. Slow Cooker Ratatouille

 

A whole heap of wholesome veggies are chopped up and thrown into the slow cooker along with ripe Roma tomatoes, bell peppers, and seasoning. Walk away for five hours and return to one of the easiest weeknight dinner dishes you could ever wish for.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium eggplant, unpeeled, cubed (6 cups)
  • 2 medium zucchini or yellow squash, coarsely chopped (3 cups)
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, cored and coarsely chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 8-oz. cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 large red pepper, chopped (1½ cups)
  • 1 onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 4 garlic cloves, halved
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups cooked wheat berries (2 cups dry)
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges 

Recipe by: Forks Over Knives
Get the instructions: Slow Cooker Ratatouille

 

5. Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

 

Enchiladas are comfort food at their finest. These meat-free crock pot cooked versions are healthy, filling, and loaded with fiber and all the other good stuff to keep you going. The Mexican warmth, bright lime, and gooey vegan cheese make these pinto bean enchiladas the stuff of dreams.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ cups veg broth (540ml)
  • 1 ½ cups uncooked quinoa (270g)
  • 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed (425g)
  • 15 oz can corn kernels, drained and rinsed (418g)
  • 14.5 oz can tomato, about 2 cups (do not drain) (411g)
  • 1 cup enchilada sauce (150ml)
  • ¾ cup chopped green pepper (roughly 100g)
  • ¾ cup chopped red pepper (roughly 100g)
  • 1 medium onion chopped OR ½ large red onion (100g)
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder or chipotle powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin powder
  • juice of 1 large lime about 1 ½ tablespoons
  • 1 ¼ cups vegan mozzarella cheese shreds or a mix if you like
  • TO GARNISH: chopped parsley chopped tomatoes, vegan sour cream

 

Recipe by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Get the instructions: Slow Cooker Quinoa Enchiladas

 

6. Slow Cooker Vegan Sweet Potato Curry

 

Sweet potatoes make an amazing addition to any vegetable curry. The beauty of this rich root veggies recipe is that it perfectly balances vibrant spice with sweetness. A gorgeous go-to for a busy lifestyle, chuck it all in and let it simmer for 5-6 hours before tucking into a winter warmer that packs plenty of heat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium to large sweet potato cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 (19 fluid ounce) can chickpeas drained
  • 1 (28 fluid ounce) can tomatoes with juices
  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 2 cups veg broth 
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Recipe by: Salt and Lavender
Get the instructions: Crockpot Sweet Potato Curry

 

7.Tortilla Soup

 

One of our fave slow cooker soup recipes! This bean soup is beautiful and comes topped with torn tortillas, red pepper flakes, chopped avocado, cilantro, and the citrusy squeeze of lime to truly awaken all those flavors. Celebrate comfort food in style with this vivacious vegan recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 red bell pepper seeds removed and chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper seeds removed and chopped
  • 2 14-ounce cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans Hunt's fire-roasted diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 4 cups veggie broth
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Recipe by: Two Peas and Their Pod
Get the instructions: Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup

 

8. Wild Rice Soup

 

Seasonal and sublime, this soup is always a winner. A creamy coconut broth meets fresh greens, rice, and a ton of veggies to make a delicious vegan crockpot recipe that deffo makes for a healthy happy stomach. Serve with fresh crusty bread for a festive fall supper.

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups veg stock 
  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 large (about 1 pound) sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 (14-ounce) can unsweetened coconut
  • 2 large handfuls of kale, roughly chopped with thick stems removed
  • fine sea salt and freshly-cracked black pepper

Recipe by: Gimmee Some Oven
Get the instructions: Cozy Autumn Wild Rice Soup

 

9. Vegan Tikka Masala

 

Peppers, cauliflower, carrot, potato, and slow-cooked tofu marinade in a ton of tikka spices before being served alongside fluffy naan for scooping up this Indian inspired vegan crock pot delight. Even for those who are on the fence when it comes to tofu, this slow cooker recipe will change your mind in an instant...or in 3-4 hours to be precise.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 ounce) package extra-firm Nasoya tofu, drained and ½ inch cubed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, cut into chunks
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups diced gold potatoes* (from about 2-3 medium gold potatoes)
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 ounce) can lite coconut cream (can also use full-fat coconut cream)
  • ½ tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ½ tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, plus more if you like things a little spicier
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup frozen peas
  • Fresh chopped cilantro, for garnishing

Recipe by: Ambitious Kitchen
Get the instructions: Vegan Slow Cooker Tofu Tikka Masala

 

10. Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

 

Of all the meals out there, there is nothing as rewarding as sitting down in front of your fave sitcom with a big bowl of creamy mashed potatoes. Sure, it has the rep of a side dish but this mashed potatoes recipe is so good you may need this and nothing else. Of course, serve it alongside nut roasts or top off your lentil cottage pie with this creamy garlicky concoction too.

Ingredients:

  • 10 medium cloves garlic (separated from the bulb and peeled)
  • 3 pounds red potatoes (scrubbed and cut into 2-inch pieces*)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil + more for serving if desired
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + additional salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup veggie broth
  • 1/3 - 3/4 cup Silk Unsweetened Original Almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives + more for topping
  • Vegan buttery spread for topping (optional)

Recipe by: Kitchen Treaty
Get the instructions: Vegan Slow Cooker Potato with Garlic and Chives

 

11. Vegan Pumpkin Chili

vegan pumpkin chili

 

This sweet and spicy pumpkin chili will soon be one of your staple comfort foods. It's got the heartiness of beans, creaminess of pumpkin, and an amazing combination of warming cinnamon and spicy chili flakes. The best part? All you have to do is put it on in the morning and scoop it out for dinner. This particular recipe comes with a super easy raw cashew sour cream recipe for topping.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can, each, black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans (drained)
  • 2-3 cups chopped squash/sweet/potato or pumpkin (I used butternut squash)
  • 4-5 tomatoes, de-seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock, as needed (water works as well)
  • 3-4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic
  • 3 T tomato paste
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 T chili powder
  • 2 T cinnamon
  • 2 t cumin
  • 1/2 t allspice and ground cloves
  • 1/2 – 1 t chili flakes or cayenne, depending on your love of spicy-ness (I LOVE it)
  • sea salt and pepper as desired

Recipe by: Real Raw Kitchen
Get the instructions: Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Chili

Need even more inspiration for your slow cooker? We have plenty more where that came from. Click on the links below to discover all the awesome vegan kitchen blog ideas that are stopping our crockpot from gathering dust...

 

What are your favorite slow cooker recipes? Whether sweet treat or delicious dinner, share all your fave recipes with us in the comments so we can build a beautiful plant-based list to keep our slow cookers out of hibernation.

 

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