16 Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes - Real Food Whole Life

16 Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes

May 6, 2019 (Updated on September 22, 2021)

collage of four vegetarian slow cooker recipes, ingredients shown in black crockpots with text over a pink background

If you’re looking for the best, ridiculously easy, healthy vegetarian slow cooker recipes that you can just throw in the slow cooker – you’re in the right place! From baked beans to creamy chowders, the recipes in this collection are all simple to prepare and perfect low-effort weeknight wins!

collage of four vegetarian slow cooker recipes, ingredients shown in black crockpots with text over a pink background

The crockpot is great for vegetarian cooking! If you’re new to slow cooking, this curated list of easy recipes is the perfect place to start. Cook your way through this list and you’ll be a crockpot pro in no time.

The dishes that work best for this type of cooking are soups, curries, stews, beans, and even some dips. So you’ll see plenty of those recipes here for you to choose from.

These vegetarian slow cooker recipes are all super simple, gluten-free, dairy-free, and totally delicious – so everyone can enjoy them. And, to make things even simpler for you, I’ve organized these plant-based one-pot wonders into three recipe categories:

  1. soups, stews & chowders
  2. snacks, sides, and sauces
  3. chili & main dishes

A Collection of the Easiest Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes

If you’ve read my book, then you know I’m all about simplifying things. Less decisions = less stress. At least one dinner a week, I make an easy slow cooker recipe and these are some of my family’s favorites.

Each recipe only needs a few hands-on minutes of prep time. Then simply add your real food ingredients to the pot, set to cook, and let it do the work for you!

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I hope you’ll make these soon.

If you do, be sure to share it on Instagram and tag me at @realfoodwholelife so I can see!

Easy Vegetarian Slow Cooker Soups, Stews & Chowders

This nourishing Slow Cooker Autumn Minestrone Soup is a satisfying twist on a classic. Perfectly satisfying for lunch or dinner, it freezes well and is naturally vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free.

Ingredients: chickpeas, white beans, butternut squash, diced tomatoes, swiss chard (or spinach), stock, onion, garlic and other spices

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Crockpot Creamy Tomato Soup is super simple to make, and is creamy, dreamy, sweet and savory. Your new favorite paleo, whole30, diary-free recipe!

Ingredients: diced tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, tomato paste, stock, onion, garlic, raw cashews, Italian seasoning and other spices

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This pumpkin soup recipe is so easy to prepare! Just throw the ingredients into the slow cooker and let it do its thing. Made with a mix of canned pumpkin, fresh herbs, and coconut milk, this soup is perfectly rich, creamy and so nourishing.

Ingredients: canned pumpkin puree, stock, tomato sauce, coconut milk, onion, garlic, herbs & seasonings

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Rich, sweet and comforting, Slow Cooker Creamy Potato Corn Chowder (Dairy-Free) is super simple to throw together and is oh-so-creamy without the cream! And, since you can use fresh sweet corn or frozen, this easy dinner recipe is sure to become a family favorite any season of the year.

Ingredients: russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, broth, coconut milk, onion, garlic, white wine vinegar and other spices

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A simple and delicious plant-based meal, Slow Cooker Butternut Squash, Kale & Quinoa Stew is hearty, nourishing and packed with all the good stuff.

Ingredients: butternut squash, quinoa, kale, tomatoes, broth, onion, garlic, white wine vinegar, cumin, paprika, and other spices

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10-Ingredient Slow Cooker Vegetable and Quinoa Stew is a hearty, vegetarian meal that’s easy to make and completely satisfying. Warm, nourishing, and so simple, you’ll want to make this stew for dinner tonight!

Ingredients: sweet potatoes, white beans, chickpeas, carrots, diced tomatoes, quinoa, kale, onion, stock

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Easy Vegetarian Slow Cooker Snacks, Sides, and Sauces

Baked beans are a simple side dish everyone loves. These Easy-Prep Slow Cooker Baked Beans are a cinch to make at home, contain no refined sugar, and require minimal prep time. They are perfect for potlucks, barbecues, or make an easy side dish any night of the week.

Did you know you can use your crockpot to cook dried beans too? I'll show you how to do it in this recipe for slow cooker refried bean tacos (another great vegetarian dinner option).

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Rich, creamy, and oh-so delicious, Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free) will be the hit of your next party or gathering!

Ingredients: frozen spinach, artichoke hearts, raw cashews, almond milk, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, mayo or veganaise

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Dairy-Free Salsa Cheese Sauce is an ooey-gooey, totally delicious alternative to traditional cheese sauce. Packed with veggies, and totally dairy-free, you’ve got to try this one to believe it!

Need more easy vegetarian appetizer ideas? This simple lemony white bean dip comes together super quickly and is always a crowd pleaser.

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Easy Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chili & Main Dish Meals

Traditional flavors combine in this Slow Cooker Barbecue Chickpea recipe, a satisfying and completely plant-based twist on classic barbecue.

Looking for more recipes that use chickpeas? These 5-ingredient smokey maple roasted chickpeas are the perfect sweet-salty-crunchy combo to snack on.

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Made with pantry staples, Slow Cooker Turmeric Lentil Chili is incredibly simple to prepare and is packed with good-for-you ingredients. A vegetarian crockpot meal perfect for any night of the week!

Ingredients: kidney beans, lentils, stock, onion, tomato paste, coconut milk, cumin, turmeric and other spices

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Bursting with vibrant vegetables, Slow Cooker Veggie Coconut Curry is easy to pull together and is the perfect dinner, any night of the week.

Ingredients: baby potatoes, carrots, chickpeas, stock, asparagus, peas, coconut milk, red Thai curry paste, lime juice and cilantro

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5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are easy to prepare in the slow cooker and make for a filling, festive and delicious meal.

Ingredients: black beans, sweet potatoes, salsa, garlic powder and smoked paprika.

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With just 2 ingredients and minimal prep, you can whip up a batch of homemade refried beans. Fold into a warm tortilla, pile on the toppings, and you’ll have yourself quick and delicious Slow Cooker Refried Bean Tacos for dinner in no time!

Another delicious way to use these refried beans is by making them into a tasty dip! This real food 7-layer dip is gluten-free & dairy-free. Just the thing to bring to your next potluck or get-together.

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Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Apple Cider Chili is a hearty sweet and savory vegetarian chili, combining a few simple ingredients into a quick, easy, and filling meal.

Ingredients: sweet potato, black beans, kidney beans, tomato sauce, onion, stock, apple cider, chili powder, and other spices

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A simple drop, stir, cover, and go recipe; Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free) is so easy to prepare, tastes amazing, and packs well for lunch the next day.

Ingredients: quinoa, canned black beans, bell pepper, onion, cumin, garlic powder, mild chili powder, tomato sauce, diced fire-roasted tomatoes, green chilis, lime juice and salt

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14+ Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes: Enchilada Quinoa

Yield 8
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 10 mins

A simple drop, stir, cover-and-go recipe, this slow cooker Enchilada Quinoa is so easy to prepare, tastes amazing and packs well for lunch the next day. Plus, a dozen more easy vegetarian slow cooker recipes that I guarantee you'll love!


  • 1 small yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon mild chili powder
  • 2 15- oz cans black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 15- oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 15- oz can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1-3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa rinsed
  • 1 4- oz chopped green chilis
  • Juice of 1 small lime


  • Combine the onion, bell pepper, cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, beans, tomato sauce, fire-roasted tomatoes, water, salt (taste the mixture prior to adding the quinoa, adding salt to taste), and quinoa to a 6-quart slow cooker, stirring to combine. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 6 hours, or until the quinoa is cooked through.
  • Uncover and stir in the green chilies and lime juice. Taste and add additional salt or lime juice if you like.
  • Serve with any toppings you like such as avocado, chopped green onions, cilantro, grated cheese, sour cream, hot sauce, or sliced limes. If you want crunch, go for crushed corn chips and chopped white onion.


This recipe serves 6-8
Pull aside a portion prior to adding the green chilis if you’re serving someone sensitive to heat.
Top with avocado and chopped green onions, or sprinkle with cheese and dollop with sour cream.
Since the consistency of this dish is decidedly creamy, feel free to top with crushed corn chips or chopped white onion to add crunch.


Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 909mg | Potassium: 665mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 861IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 4mg
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4 comments to " 16 Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes "

  • JanetJ

    Too bad I was hoping for some dishes that weren’t primarily soups, stews, or similar dishes…even when you scroll past the soup section and get to the main dish meals there are very few just more soup, mostly types of chilli. They have whole cookbooks on vegetarian slow cooker meals but lazy websites come up with the same 5 that are on every other site.

    • Robyn Downs

      Janet, we have lots of readers who enjoy these simple recipes. Sounds like they’re not for you!

  • Constance Larson

    Hi Robyn,

    I’m an “older” vegetarian from the 90’s. The recipes I could find were through the “Vegetarian Times” cookbook. There were some recipes that were in so many stages of cooking I lost interest. I’ve prepared recipes less tedious but not too many in one cooker.

    Your recipes give “options” to try a different or substitute ingredients to your taste. Yours do and I like that.

    I’m going to try the Slow Cooker Autumn Minestrone Soup and Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Soup.

    Oh, thank you so much for letting the reader/cook know prior to the recipes that they are Gluten-Free or Dairy Free etc.. My Granddaughter is not able to eat dairy of any kind and I can make the recipes above without worry.

    Thank you for your web-site and kindness to share.


    • Robyn Downs

      Constance, yay, I’m so glad you’re finding the adaptations useful! I hope you find some recipes here that you and your whole family can enjoy.

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