9 Hearty Vegan Slow Cooker Recipes

updated Nov 15, 2023
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Slow cookers are the ultimate tool for making quick, hearty dinners without putting in a ton of effort. You just throw everything into the slow cooker, let it cook during the day, and come home to a comforting dinner ready to be enjoyed. But finding quality slow cooker recipes that don’t call for meat or dairy can be challenging.

From gingery tofu soup to hearty slow cooker ratatouille, here are 9 of our favorite slow cooker recipes are also vegan.

9 Hearty Vegan Slow Cooker Recipes

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Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

This recipe ditches the typical canned black beans and uses dried ones instead. This gives the soup a better texture and flavor — and the long cooking time means that you don’t have to soak them.

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Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stew

This flavorful stew is great on its own and even better when served over cooked rice or quinoa. It’s made with a slew of hearty vegetables, including cauliflower, potatoes, and bell peppers, and gets a bright hit of flavor from coconut milk and curry powder. The recipe makes a fairly large batch, so store any leftovers in zip-top bags in the freezer.

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Gingery Tofu Slow Cooker Soup
The fragrance of this warm gingery soup perfumes the kitchen, rejuvenating you after a long day.
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Easy Slow-Cooker Ratatouille
Ratatouille, the classic French vegetable stew, is a perfect candidate for this hands-off cooking method.
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Slow Cooker Vegan Chili
This hearty vegan chili starts with a classic tomato base and chili powder, but the addition of green lentils and sweet potato make it slightly sweet and super filling.
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Vegan Slow-Cooker Chickpea Tikka Masala

This vegan version of a take-out classic is everything you love about chicken tikka masala — but it’s meat- and dairy-free. Cream and yogurt get replaced with coconut milk, and chickpeas stand in for chicken. It’s just as delicious as the original and perfect for serving alongside cooked rice or flatbread.

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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili
Chili is a thick, hearty one-pot meal best cooked low and slow, so put away the Dutch oven and plug in the slow cooker for this vegetarian number.
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Slow Cooker Coconut Lentil Curry
This slow cooker coconut lentil curry is seasoned with garam masala & turmeric, laced with tomatoes, & finished with coconut milk for a touch of richness.
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Slow Cooker Veggie Burrito Bowls
Veggie burrito bowls are a one-stop shop with tender brown rice, smoky pinto beans, and fresh veggies, all topped with a dollop of citrusy sour cream.
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