You must try these 22 vegetarian slow cooker recipes

One of the benefits of plant-based diets is that they’re more sustainable than meat-based ones, so it’s always good to have some meal ideas that don’t include meat. We recruited our favorite kitchen appliance to help celebrate this special day, and invite you to try these 22 vegetarian slow cooker recipes.

Baked beans

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Forget the oven, baked beans are best made in your slow cooker. Bacon seems to find its way into most baked bean recipes, but not this one from This Healthy Kitchenwhich claims creamier results and promises “you won’t miss the meat.”

Chana masala

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Chana masala, or chole masala, is an Indian spiced chickpea dish that’s naturally vegetarian. It traditionally contains ghee, but This version from Delish Knowledge does not, and thus it’s also vegan! Serve it with rice and/or naan.

Chile

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Who says vegan chili can’t pack some protein? This version from Jessica in the Kitchen gets protein from a full can of black beans and half a cup of quinoa—good for 10 grams of protein per serving! Each serving is also only 200 calories, so going back for seconds is an easy choice!

Enchiladas

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These vegan enchiladas contain pinto beans, corn, green chilies, and onions, and are covered in a sauce made of olive oil, tomato paste, garlic powder, chili powder, and cumin. Oh, My Veggies can explain the process, which involves putting a layer of sauce both under and on top of your rolled-up tortillas. Feel free to add cheese and/or sour cream if you want to go vegetarian but not vegan.

Fajitas

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Red peppers, green peppers, green chilies, sliced ​​onions, diced tomatoes, and absolutely no meat products go into these fajitas, which are positively packed with flavor. Lazy Oven recommends 2 hours on high or 4-6 on low and serving the veggies with black beans, avocado, sour cream, and, of course, some tortillas.

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Lobster mac & cheese

Lobster mac & cheese

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Mashed cauliflower

Mashed cauliflower

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Cauliflower has been turned into pizza crust, substituted for chicken wings, and snuck into other random dishes, but it’s time to let it be itself…sort of. This mashed cauliflower recipe from Detoxinista is vegan and dairy-free, and it just requires five ingredients: cauliflower, water, garlic, sea salt, and pepper, but also suggests thyme or rosemary if you have them on hand.

Mushroom risotto

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Risotto can be a really tedious task, but not when you use your slow cooker. Simply saute some butter, oil, shallots, and garlic with mushrooms and rice, and then add the whole thing to the crockpot with a bit of broth. This recipe from Mashed calls for chicken broth but notes that vegetable broth works just as well.

Oatmeal

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There’s nothing fancy about the ingredients for This oatmeal recipe from Rachel Cooks, as it only calls for steel-cut oats, water, and a pinch of salt. The novelty—and the advantage—is that the oats take 7 to 8 hours to turn into oatmeal, which means you can set your slow cooker before bed and have breakfast ready & waiting for you in the morning.

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Potato corn chowder

Potato corn chowder

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Potato leek soup

Potato leek soup

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Another one for the potato lovers, This potato leek soup from Fit Slow Cooker Queen also starts with russets but adds sliced ​​leeks, garlic, ghee, salt, pepper, and thyme to a vegetable broth base. Simply mix all the ingredients, set it, and forget it (for 2-3 hours on high).

Pumpkin soup

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Rice pudding

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We have to include at least one dessert here, right? And we’re not going with something that’s adapted for the slow cooker but doesn’t really need to be in there—we’re picking rice pudding, a dessert that was born to be cooked in a crockpot. With this version from Good Housekeepingyou’ll still have to stir it a handful of times, but it’s much easier than the traditional saucepan method, which needs to be constantly mixed.

Salmon chowder

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Clam chowder is a classic, but when was the last time you chowed down on some salmon chowder? Regardless of whether your answer is “a long time,” “never,” or “earlier today,” we recommend This recipe from Krumpli. In addition to a 10-ounce salmon filet, this chowder boasts potatoes, celery, carrots, and onions in a creamy broth that features the flavors of chili and lime.

Scrambled eggs

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Did you know you can make scrambled eggs in the slow cooker? And not just any scrambled eggs, but absolutely delicious ones. Recipes That Crock has a version that has been reviewed by about 50 home chefs and owns a perfect 5.0 rating! And they use the term “slow cooker” lightly, as these eggs can be ready in just 1-2 hours.

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Spaghetti squash

Spaghetti squash

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Vegetarian, vegan, low-calorie, low-carb, and packed with vitamins and minerals, spaghetti squash is also simple in the slow cooker. As Well Plated by Erin will tell youit’s as easy as cleaning the outside of the squash, poking it with a paring knife, and chucking it into your crockpot for at least 3 hours.

Split pea soup

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Tell ham to take a hike, as This split pea soup from The Cheeky Chickpea is vegan! It also includes carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and a variety of spices. After clicking the link, be sure to keep scrolling to get to the slow cooker directions!

Stuffed peppers

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Stuffed shells

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The only thing better than pasta is giant pasta filled with multiple types of cheese. Our favorite variety is stuffed shells, which can be cooked to perfection in your slow cooker in just 2-3 hours on high. Spend With Pennies can show you how to make both the cheese filling and sauce from scratch.

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Tofu tikka masala

Tofu tikka masala

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A vegan spin on traditional chicken tikka masala, this dish still has plenty of flavor thanks to the spice blend consisting of garam masala, paprika, coriander, cayenne pepper, turmeric, and salt & pepper. This recipe from Yup, It’s Vegan is also, of course, a slow cooker spin on the traditional Indian dish.

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Tomato basil soup

Tomato basil soup

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Anyone can open a can of tomato soup (well, almost anyone), but making it from scratch is much more satisfying—and tasty! And thanks to This slow cooker recipe from Damn Delicious, it doesn’t have to be difficult either. Heads up: You’ll also need an immersion blender, as well as an oven if you also want the homemade croutons (and trust us: you want them).

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Vegetable lasagna

Vegetable lasagna

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We enjoy vegetable lasagna not because it lacks meat, but because it includes numerous veggies not often found in the classic Italian dish. This version of Food with Feeling calls for both spinach and carrots, but also features our favorite funghi: baby bella mushrooms!

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