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Slow Cooker Chipotle Chilli Beans

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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.


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

Homemade Vegetarian Sausages - Tales From The Kitchen Shed

Thursday 19th of November 2020

[…] Chipotle Chilli Beans […]


Wednesday 30th of September 2015

Mmmm, love love love the sound of these beans! And I bet they smell scrumptious as they're cooking :) Janie x PS thanks for entering this months Tea Time Treats Linky Party, you can find the round up here;

The Slow Cooked Challenge September Round Up | Farmersgirl Kitchen

Tuesday 29th of September 2015

[…] up a hearty plate of Slow Cooker Chipotle Chilli Beans provided by Sarah at Tales from the Kitchen Shed.  I’m a sucker for chipotle chillies, […]

Cook Once Eat Twice September 2015 Round up - Searching for Spice

Tuesday 29th of September 2015

[…] was Sarah from Tales from the Kitchen Shed with a fantastic Slow Cooker Chipotle Chilli Beans.   Yum!   I would love to eat […]

Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

Saturday 19th of September 2015

Just perfect, especially now the weather is getting cooler. Thanks for sharing with both Credit Crunch Munch and Extra Veg


Tuesday 22nd of September 2015

Thanks Helen, a pleasure to link up :-)