Add this tasty chili dish to your winter month meal plans. It’s loaded with fiery flavors and served hot off the slow cooker. Serve over couscous with lime wedges and sprinkle with cilantro.
1 cup dried chickpeas
2 quarts boiling water
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 1/2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup water
2/3 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, undrained and crushed
4 cups chopped peeled butternut squash
1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
6 cups hot cooked couscous
8 lime wedges
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
How to Make It
Place chickpeas in a saucepan; add 2 quarts boiling water. Cover and let stand 1 hour; drain. Place beans in a 6-quart slow cooker.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in tomato paste and next 5 ingredients (through turmeric); sauté 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add onion mixture to slow cooker. Add broth and next 4 ingredients (through tomatoes) to slow cooker; cover and cook on HIGH 8 hours.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil; swirl to coat. Add squash; saute 5 minutes. Add squash to slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH 1 hour; stir in peas. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve over couscous with lime wedges.
This recipe has been retested for Cooking Light Slow Cooker Tonight, 2012
Loved this recipe! The raisins add just the right amount of sweetness to the spice. I also added in spinach just before serving and it tasted great! Recommend this dish for the cold winter months when you need to warm up!
This was really delicious! The house smelled great all day. It was a little more involved for a slow cooker recipe, since it had multiple steps. You can't just throw a bunch of stuff in and come back in 8 hours. But the extra effort was worth it. It was more of a method than a time-saving recipe that I usually associate with slow cookers. I followed directions to the letter. Great vegetarian chili.
I thought this was terrific. The slow-cooking gives it a nice rich and deep flavor and it made plenty. I've been disappointed by a number of CL's recent vegetarian stew/chili recipes, but not this one. Definitely a keeper.
Oh, my. This is divine with whole wheat couscous! I used chipotle chili powder instead of red pepper--tasted lovely. This dish has big, rich flavors and it's very easy to make. This recipe just made regular rotation!
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