Crockpot Vegetarian Chili with Farro

Crockpot Vegetarian Chili with Farro | Cookie Monster Cooking

Let me share with you my newest obsession.  Farro.  I can’t get enough of it lately.  Why, I have no idea but I am suddenly alllll about it.  My husband is certainly a good sport when I get into one of these crazes – he happily eats whatever I put in front of him (or at least pretends he is happy about whatever it is).  Even if we have had farro for oh, a few times within the last week.  And lentils – I’m on quite a kick with those right now too.

But we’ll talk lentils another time.  For now we’re going to stick with farro.  More specifically this crockpot vegetarian chili with farro.

Crockpot Vegetarian Chili with Farro | Cookie Monster Cooking

Because we’ve had this at least three times lately – and I have more stashed in my freezer for another day (side note – this chili freezes really well!).  And it’s super simple.  Chop a few veggies and throw it all in your crockpot.  And that’s it.  Easy peasy.

And the best part is that this is a nice and hearty vegetarian chili with a spice level that you can adjust to your own tastes.  Filled with plenty of beans, chewy farro and lots of veggies.  And did I mention it was easy?  Oh yes, yes I did.

Crockpot Vegetarian Chili with Farro | Cookie Monster Cooking

So make yourself a pot and then cuddle up on the couch with a big bowl and a blanket.  But don’t spill the chili … not that I know about that or anything.  You really don’t want a messy couch.

Crockpot Vegetarian Chili with Farro
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
For the chili:
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 orange pepper, chopped
  • 1 (8 ounce) package baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup farro, rinsed and drained
  • 1 to 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced**
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Topping / serving ideas:
  • plain greek yogurt / sour cream
  • sliced green onions
  • chopped cilantro
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • sliced avocado
  • tortilla chips
  1. Add all of the ingredients for the chili to a 6-quart crockpot. Give it a good stir then cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours (I do 8 hours in my crockpot).
  2. The chili should have thickened up slightly by the time it is done and the veggies should be nice and tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste, if needed. Top as desired.
The chili will thicken up even more as leftovers. If needed, add a splash of veggie broth when reheating to loosen it up.

**Adjust the amount of chipotle pepper to your taste. If you go with 1, the chili will be really mild in spice. We like to add the full 3, to give it a good kick (but that’s just our preference!).

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  1. Do I cook the farro before adding to the crockpot? I’m dying to try this recipe–thanks for the idea! I too am a farro-maniac

    • Hi Kirsten! Nope! Just rinse it and put it in the crockpot uncooked. The crockpot does all the work :)

      haha I’m glad I’m not alone in my insane love for farro! Enjoy!!

  2. Katherine Robertson says:

    I absolutely loved this!! The faro gives it almost a creamy taste! Thank you!!

    • I’m so happy to hear this Katherine! So glad that you enjoyed it – and especially the farro since it’s a favorite of mine : )

  3. I am really into lentils these days too. I like farro too, but I haven’t tried cooking with it. This looks like a great way to prepare it–and would go great with that cornbread recipe. It looks healthy too, for those who still trying to keep up their new years resolution :) I hope to get to try this soon!

  4. I’ve only cooked with farro a couple of times, but I love how chewy it is! It’s always fun to change things up with new ingredients. This chili looks magnificent.

  5. Im right there with you on the farro craze, I cant get enough of it! This recipe looks great, another chili to try out once the weather cools down here (Im in Australia and currently its 36C || 97F!! – not quite chili weather ;)

  6. Ok you taught me something today (which I am totally ok with!) I had never heard of faro. had to look it up. It looks like a cross between rice and oats. As I am trying to incorporate more veggies in my diet, I am loving the look of this chili. And of course, your amazing pictures make it that much more appealing!

  7. This vegetarian chili looks great, simple and very comforting. You just reminded me that I should use my crockpot more often.
    Hope you are having a beautiful week Ashley :D

  8. this looks delicious.. i can’t eat beef, so this chili looks like something right up my alley. such a great idea to add farro. my husband won’t eat anything i put in front of him sadly, and so i can only experiment on weekends. :-(

  9. Love how hearty this chili is! So good!

  10. I love lentils, but have never tried farro. I’ll keep an eye out for it next time I’m at the store. This chili looks perfect for a cold day!

  11. Ashley, you need to send your media package to the Farro Producers. They may not realize that you have become the unofficial farro spokeswoman! Add me to your list of commenters who hasn’t ever cooked with farro but has been won over by this chilli recipe!

  12. What a great recipe! I’ve only tried farro one time (and loved it), but I’ve never made it at home. This sounds like a great recipe for me to break ground on!

  13. As always this sounds lovely! Def Have to give farro a try!!

  14. Can you believe I’ve never cooked with Farro before? Yikes! Must change! This chili looks like a great place to start. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  15. Ooooo farro has been on my list of items to try this year, and now you’ve shown me this chili, I know I have to try it soon! This looks so heartwarming and wonderful, Ashley! :D

  16. You make a very compelling case for farros. I’ll give it a try, you haven’t steered me wrong yet.

  17. Mmm farro is a newfound obsession of mine, and I love that you threw it in chili! Sounds so warm and comforting.

  18. So I have never had farro. I know. This must be changed!

  19. Thanks so much for writing a vegetarian recipe. I’m veg and do a lot of the cookie. This looks like something me and my family would really enjoy.

  20. I’ve honestly never had farro I don’t think. Definitely never cooked with it. This needs to be fixed immediately… with this amazing recipe, of course! Looks great!!!

  21. Love this chilly and the addition of faro. Delicious!

  22. I love a good veggie chili, especially one you can make in a crock pot. I have to admit that everything about this (except the mushrooms) has me drooling. I know, who doesn’t love mushrooms. They are pretty much the only thing I won’t eat :)

  23. looks fab! Is summer here in Sydney so will have to remember this for winter. #yum

  24. I’m in love with faro, had it for the first time in a cold salad in Italy and have been SOL in finding it here, unfortunately. This looks delicious and hearty, it’s been so long since I’ve had chill so thanks for the reminder! And lentils, yes, definitely on a kick with those too :)

  25. I LOVE farro. I feel like it’s the next quinoa. I almost like it better, it just got a nice toothsome bite and nutty flavor that I just love. Love that this is crazy comforting and crazy healthy!

    • I’m kind of eh about quinoa – so I definitely hope farro is the next quinoa! haha And I agree – the nutty / chewy factor is so so good!

  26. I actually haven’t tried farro yet, but this looks like a terrific way to give it a try! This chili looks hearty and delicious!

  27. Ohhh that sounds so good right now, it is freezing here and I could just do with a nice warming bowl of chilli!

  28. I love your crockpot recipes and this vegetarian chili looks amazing! I just saw a cooking show last month featuring farro and have been really curious to try this grain. I love that you used it in this flavorful spiced up chili – it sounds wonderfully comforting and hearty during the colder months. Thanks for sharing Ashley, pinning to try this :)

  29. I love farro, too! Anything nutty and chewy is easy for me to love. I discovered wheat berries a while back thanks to another blogger and I love that too. Vegetarian chili is just the thing for me. I used to eat so much meat back in the day…I’m not sure what’s happened to me but I’m glad. I actually made quinoa vegetable chili a few months ago and it fed us for ages. I think the farro would stand up even better! Thanks for the ideas.

  30. I tried farro for the first time not so long ago too, and I’m obsessed about it. It is so so so so so good. I love all kinds of chilis, but veggie-loaded are my favorite, so I’ll definitey be trying this recipe soon. Freezer meals are my favorite oh yes! ; )

    • Yes! I’ve been trying to take advantage of my freezer / freezer friendly foods lately – too much to do, too little time : )

  31. I was just thinking about farro recently and how I never cook with it. I should change that with a pot of this! I love that you can just throw it in the slow cooker and call it a day. I can’t wait to curl up with a bowl on the couch! ;)

  32. this chili looks great! chunky chilis are the best…love your addition of farro. :)

  33. Oh, this looks perfect for chilly nights! I’ve never heard of farro before, so you taught me something new today. :) I’m very interested in trying it now!

  34. Yes, yes, yes!!! Perfect comfort food on this frigid days!!! A you know I’m obsessed with my crockpot! ;-) I love topping my chili off with avocado and Greek yogurt. So yummy!

  35. It’s time I made some chilly before the chilly season is over! Yours looks fantastic! Greek yoghurt and cilantro for me on top, please! :) ela

  36. Haha I totally get in fazes and cook with something like crazy for a bit and then kind of forget about it! So farro – I’ve actually never heard of it! I just looked it up and am going to give it a try – it looks and sounds great especially in this chili!!

  37. I am not surprised to know that you are obsessed with farro. They are so nutty and delicious. The chilli looks warming and comforting!
    Happy Monday!

  38. I must confess – I have never had farro before – but now I am so intrigued!
    Your chili looks and sounds heavenly – love the 3 kinds of beans and the combo of the fire roasted tomatoes and the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce!

  39. I love farro, too — I’m crazy about grains in general, really! I love the sound of a nice, healthy chili that’s super simple over a hearty grain. I really haven’t been utilizing my slow cooker for whatever reason, and that really needs to change. Delicious dish!

  40. This sounds lovely!! I am a soup/chili-oholic right now!

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