Slow Cooker Chipotle Chilli Beans

My slow cooker gets used throughout the summer, I love using it for jams, chutneys and summer casseroles but once Autumn is here, it really comes into its own.
Probably the best thing for me about my slow cooker is that it frees up hours of my day and there’s nothing better than coming home to a freshly cooked one pot meal.
Another reason I love using my slow cooker is because it’s so economical – why bother heating up the oven for just one casserole? Save money by cooking in the slow cooker, it’s only a matter of pennies per hour.

Chipotle Chilli Beans is a really versatile and extremely tasty one pot dish for vegetarians and meat lovers alike; it’s so delicious you don’t notice it’s meat free. Serve with sour cream and guacamole with homemade tortilla chips as we have here, or alternatively with rice and garlic bread. Our Garlic and Herb Twister Bread goes down a treat too !
I’ve used red kidney beans and haricot beans but you could use your favourite beans. The chipotle paste adds a delicious smokey flavour and takes your chilli beans to another level.

Slow Cooker Chipotle Chilli Beans


6 to 8


  • 2 to 4 tablespoons rapeseed oil
  • 2 onions peeled and diced
  • 2 red peppers deseeded and diced
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds crushed
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chipotle paste depending on how hot you like your chillies (or 1 dried chipotle rehydrated and
  • chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme
  • 800 g red kidney beans cooked or 2 x 400 ( 14 oz ) tins, drained
  • 400 g haricot beans cooked or 1 x 200 g ( 14 oz ) tin, drained
  • 700 g passata or sieved tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Plenty of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped coriander
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons grated cheese
  • Fry the onion in a little rapeseed oil until soft but not brown – about 10 minutes.

Kitchen Shed Top Tip
After a couple of minutes put a lid on the frying pan and keep the heat vey low. The result - lovely soft onions!

  • Add the red peppers and fry for another 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic and fry gently for one minute.
  • Stir in the crushed cumin seeds, freshly chopped thyme and chipotle paste.
  • Lightly grease or spray the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray.
  • Transfer the onion and pepper mix to the slow cooker pot.
  • Stir in the beans and the passata or sieved tomatoes and seasoning.
  • Place the lid on your slow cooker.
  • Cook on:  Low for 6 hours or  High for 2 hours
  • Garnish with freshly chopped coriander and grated cheese.
  • Have your table ready with a big bowl of rice and homemade tortilla chips, sour cream and guacamole, or a Garlic and Herb Twister Bread. Tortilla chips are so easy to make and are so much better (and healthier) than shop bought – why not try making some? Your tortilla chips can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container for up to a week.

I’m entering Slow Cooker Chipotle Chilli Beans into a few challenges this month:

And linking to: Fiesta Fridays

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58 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Chipotle Chilli Beans

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    • You’re welcome Jacqueline, I’ve just discovered Meat Free Mondays, I’m sure i’ll be linking up again soon. Thanks for pinning and stumbling 🙂

  3. I don’t have a slow cooker, but now I want one! I love the warmth of flavors you have in this dish, and it looks delicious. I’m sure it will be a hit at the fiesta. Thanks for brining it to FF, and I hope you had a wonderful weekend! 😀

    • Thanks Kaila, you could cook the chilli in a casserole in the oven on a low setting if you haven’t got a slow cooker. A pleasure to share with FF and I had a lovely weekend thanks 🙂

  4. This looks so good, especially with the weather threatening to turn more Autumnal. This looks perfect and I’ve been meaning to use the slow cooker more, and eat more vegetarian recipes. Have pinned it. Thanks for sharing the recipe. #foodpornthursdays

  5. I’m so excited to see this recipe because I love trying out new things to make in my slow cooker. I’ve just pinned this and will be making it next week. Yum!! Thanks for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party xx

  6. This chili looks very warm and delicious. I love my crockpot all year too, but fall is my favorite time to use it. My son loves chili, so I will need to try this recipe. I also want to check out your homemade tortilla chip recipe too! Happy Fiesta Friday!

    • Thanks Jenny, hope you like the homemade tortilla chip recipe, let me know how you get on. Happy Fiesta Friday to you too & have a great weekend 🙂

  7. Love a good slow cooker recipe and this definitely looks like one. I love using beans. I wonder how they will stand up if I leave them in the slow cooker a bit longer (long working days).

    Sally @ Life Loving

    • Thanks Sally. We tend to have the Chipotle Chilli Beans on a weekend but I’ve cooked them all day before, I think it benefits from a long low cook. Let me know how you get on.

    • Thanks Emma, nachos are a great idea. I’ve never cooked in an Aga, it’s on my wish list. Slow cookers are great though if you’re only cooking one casserole or stew. Thanks for popping by 🙂

    • Perfect timing heh? The Chipotle Chilli Beans will be great for a bonfire party, spicy, warming comfort food. You’re most welcome, have a fab time at your party x

    • Thanks Carrie. Oh dear, I suppose my recipe is good timing then! When we first moved to France we didn’t have a cooker to begin with. It’s amazing how much I cooked in the slow cooker. I hope you get your cooker fixed soon.

  8. This looks like such a tasty and easy meal. I also love my slow cooker but haven’t used it enough recently. Thank you so much for joining in with Cook Once Eat Twice.

    • Thanks Corina. I’ve just discovered your new blog challenge, it’s such a good idea. I’m sure I’ll be linking up again soon.

  9. This looks like such a great dish, I love chipotle chillies, so will definitely be adding this to my repertoire. Thank you so much for joining us for a The Slow Cooked Challenge.

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