Crockpots have traditionally been seen as perfect for slow cooking meat to make it tender. But it’s also a great way of making delicious vegetable dishes.
We have found 33 of the best vegan crockpot recipes, so you can make the most of this versatile kitchen cookware.
1. White Bean And Kale Soup
A wholesome and filling dish for chilly evenings this white bean and kale soup is perfect for cooking in your crockpot.
After a long, cold day there is nothing better than a warming meal just waiting to be enjoyed without the need for hours in the kitchen.
Nutritious and healthy, this soup is made with carrots, onions, celery, diced tomatoes, broth and herbs. Not forgetting the two stars of the show, kale and white beans.
Everything goes in the crockpot and is ready in 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low.
2. Vegan Chili
This dish is a feast for the eyes and senses and takes just ten minutes to prepare. Soon your kitchen will be filled with the aroma of cumin, oregano and deliciously warming veg.
What a wonderful meal to come home to. Just put all the ingredients in the crockpot before you go out, and 6 hours later enjoy this wonderful vegan chili.
Made with uncooked quinoa which soaks up all the great veggie broth, as well as black beans, peppers, carrots and corn.
Serve with some vegan sour cream, avocado or scallions.
3. Tofu Butter Chicken
Forget the takeout and bring out the crockpot. This tofu butter chicken will surpass anything you could order in for dinner.
Tofu is a wonderful ingredient for absorbing flavors. And what amazing flavors there are in this dish!
Garam masala, ginger, chili and coconut milk. Delicious! The best part is the preparation is simple and the whole dish cooks in one pot without you having to stand over it to monitor.
You can save more time by getting the veg ready while the tofu is prepping. This dish cooks in 3-4 hours on high or 6-7 hours on low.
4. Healthy Baked Beans
With so many amazing ingredients and flavors in this recipe you may wonder how it can be so healthy and still taste so good. But we all know that beans are good for you anyway.
Using a crockpot for this dish involves the no-soak method for the beans. So they go straight into the crockpot with the onion, maple syrup, vinegar and all other ingredients and stirred.
The slow cooker then works its magic and in 8-10 hours you will have incredible baked beans. You should check periodically and add more liquid if needed.
5. Harvest Vegetable Soup
Full of fall veg for a hearty evening meal this soup is very filling and extremely nutritious. Squash, Brussels sprouts, carrots, peppers and onions all cooked in a tasty, herby broth.
You can add most of the ingredients to your crockpot and leave to cook for 7-9 hours, adding the apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper before serving.
If you find the Brussels sprouts get bitter, leave them out till the last hour of cooking or sauté before adding them to the crockpot.
Sprinkle with pecan nuts and serve with crusty bread.
6. Quinoa Enchilada Casserole
A Mexican inspired and flavorful casserole full of quinoa, black beans, corn, tomatoes, peppers and onion. For that added kick, a cup of enchilada sauce and some lime juice pumps up the flavor.
All of this topped off with delicious shredded vegan mozzarella.
So much taste and flavor in one dish which only takes 15 minutes to prepare. It can then be cooked in your crockpot for 2 ½ hours on high.
Serve with a decadent dollop of vegan sour cream and some lime wedges for a fiber filled delicious dinner.
7. Overnight Steel-Cut Oatmeal
Crockpots are not just for dinner and can be used to make a delicious and healthy breakfast.
Steel-cut oats are full of heart-healthy fiber and when cooked slowly in your crockpot overnight they offer a creamy, filling start to the day.
Simply add the oats, plant milk, mashed banana, maple syrup and cinnamon to the crockpot with a little vanilla and salt. Set the heat to low and cook for 8 hours.
In the morning you’ll have a nutritious breakfast. Serve with some sliced fresh banana, chopped walnuts and goji berries.
8. Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
Hot chocolate in a slow cooker?! Who knew?? Well, now you do. This is a fantastic recipe and perfect for the holidays when you have a house full of guests to make cocoa for.
You only need six ingredients for this yummy treat. Just add brown sugar, cocoa powder, vegan milk, coconut milk, vanilla and salt to the crockpot.
Yes, you read that right, salt. Don’t leave it out, it’s an important ingredient.
Cook on low for 2 hours, the crockpot will keep it warm so friends and family can help themselves.
9. Potato And Cauliflower Curry
Back to work Monday blues can make the weekend feel like it was years ago. So cheer up Monday dinner time by cooking a curry in your crockpot.
Prepare everything the night before so all you have to do in the morning is switch it on. Then you’ll have a delicious potato and cauliflower curry to come home to.
Those curry paste, coconut milk and cumin seed aromas will greet you as you come through the door. So you can just tuck in and enjoy a warming and filling meal.
10. Jalapeño Butternut Squash Queso
This is a great vegan dip to have for a Tex-Mex night at home. The creamy, spicy queso is perfect for dipping chips or adding to quesadillas or nachos.
Not only is this delicious, but it’s healthy too, full of fiber from the squash and cashew nuts. Save time by softening the cashews in water while the butternut squash is roasting.
Preparation time is just 15 minutes, and it cooks in just an hour. Transfer to your crockpot and set it to warm, so guests can help themselves to a delicious cheesy dip.
11. Kung Pao Chickpeas
Chickpeas are a great source of protein and fiber and a wonderful substitute for chicken in a lot of recipes. This kung pao chickpea recipe is full of flavor and spice.
By cooking this dish in a crockpot the chickpeas absorb the flavor of the kung pao sauce.
Red onion and bell peppers are added along with the spices and flavorings and cooked for just 3 hours on high heat or 6 hours on low.
A tasty and aromatic dish which can be served with white rice and sliced green onions.
12. Jackfruit Tacos
For something completely different try a jackfruit taco. This Asian fruit is full of goodness, with 2 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber in a 100 gram portion. It is excellent as a meat substitute.
The onion, garlic and jackfruit go in the crockpot along with all the spices and liquid ingredients. The mixture is then cooked on low for 7-9 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
Once cooked, the jackfruit is shredded with two forks. You can then heap your tacos with this incredibly tasty filling. Top with salsa, coleslaw or avocado.
13. Vegan Pot Roast
Yes there is such a thing as a vegan pot roast. This recipe has beefless tips as a meat substitute backed up by potatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms and celery. That’s a hearty meal right there.
And all the hard work is done for you thanks to your crockpot. Simply put all the ingredients into the base of your slow cooker and set it to low for 6 hours.
This delicious and healthy dish can be served on its own or over quinoa or brown rice for extra fiber.
14. Slow Cooker Rice Pudding
A creamy, rich and aromatic rice pudding is one of the most soothing dishes you will ever eat. This tasty dessert can be cooked on the stove or in your slow cooker.
Rice pudding is made with short grain rice and this recipe uses a combination of plant based milk and coconut milk to get that wonderful creaminess.
Turmeric, vanilla and cinnamon add the wonderfully warming and enticing flavors.
Simply add all the ingredients except the raisins to the crockpot and cook on low for 3 hours. Add the raisins in the final 5-10 minutes.
15. Lentil Sloppy Joes
A traditional sloppy Joe but with lentils instead of beef, this recipe will be a big hit with your kids. The grown-ups will love them too.
Adding liquid smoke and maple syrup gives the dish a wonderful sweet, smoky flavor that everyone will love. You can make this in your crockpot where it will take 7-8 hours on low or 3-4 on high.
Choose your favorite buns and load them with this delicious sandwich filling. Top with something crunchy for texture such as shredded carrot, coleslaw or chopped onion.
16. Vegan Corn Casserole
This recipe is a take on the cornbread casserole which is also made in the slow cooker. It is a rich, creamy comfort food that you will want to make again and again.
The creaminess comes from the tofu, creamed corn and cheese. A little kick of spice comes from the diced green chilies.
Preparation only takes 10 minutes. The silken tofu is first blended with the vinegar and lemon juice until it is smooth, then it’s added to the crockpot with the other ingredients.
Cook on high for 2-3 hours.
17. Chickpea Noodle Soup
Nutrition in a bowl! This chickpea noodle soup is packed full of vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber. This dish can be made on the stove top or in a slow cooker.
Preparation time is only 10 minutes. Get the carrots, onion, garlic, celery, and chickpeas in the crockpot. Add some broth, herbs and spices and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 5-6 hours on low.
Add the pasta with a squeeze of lemon juice 10 minutes before the end of cooking for a filling and warming soup.
18. Cabbage Steaks
If you are serious about healthy eating then you will love these cabbage steaks made in the slow cooker. Cooked with rainbow colored potatoes and served with unsweetened vegan yogurt and fresh dill this is an incredibly flavorful dish.
The steaks need to be sliced through the thickest part of the cabbage so that they hold their shape. Coating them with olive oil stops them drying out.
Remember to oil your crockpot or layer with parchment before putting in the potatoes and cabbage. Cook on low for 7-9 hours for a filling meal.
19. Seitan Stew
For those who are unsure, seitan is a meat substitute that is made from wheat gluten. It is sometimes called wheat meat or gluten meat and has a chewy texture.
This is perfect for vegans and vegetarians being almost a meatless Irish stew. Along with the seitan there are carrots, onions, sweet potatoes, herbs and vegetable stock. These are all put in the crockpot and cooked for 6-8 hours.
A wonderful meal for a cold winter’s evening, served with some crusty bread and glass of red wine.
20. Spicy Slow Cooker Acorn Squash
A unique and balanced dish, this spicy acorn squash is a warming fall meal.
The ginger, cinnamon and red pepper flakes give this recipe a spicy tang that works well alongside the sweetness of the acorn squash.
Preparation takes 15 minutes and can be done the night before. Browning the slices of acorn squash in a skillet first also gives them a deeper flavor and caramelized taste.
Cook for 4 hours on low or 2 hours on high. Longer cooking times will make the vegetable too soft and a bit tasteless.
21. Smashed Potatoes
A perfect side dish, these smashed potatoes will taste amazing, and they also look really good. The best potatoes for this recipe are red or Yukon gold as they both have a nice, creamy texture.
This recipe is the perfect accompaniment to a seitan dish or to top a mushroom Shepherd’s pie (see also ‘28 Pie Recipes To Try Out This Christmas‘). It’s wonderfully simple and includes garlic, olive oil, vegan sour cream and butter.
Preparation is minimal and takes just 15 minutes while cooking is 7 hours on low or 3 hours on high. Simple yet delicious.
22. Chickpea Cacciatore
Comfort food at its best, this chickpea cacciatore is packed with flavor. The potatoes and chickpeas are incredibly filling and a welcome source of protein and carbohydrates in cold weather.
This is a hunter’s stew without the need to hunt anything. Especially not flavor. It’s there in abundance.
Filling, nutritious and delicious it only takes 10 minutes to prepare and then a slow, leisurely cooking time of 7 hours to tempt out all the flavor of the red wine, garlic, marjoram and rosemary.
Simple ingredients for a sumptuous weeknight dinner treat.
23. Lasagna Soup
This is the best of both worlds, soup and pasta. What more could you ask for? Simple to put together this lasagna soup is filled with delicious and healthy vegetables.
Just put everything, minus the pasta into your crockpot and cook for 6 hours. In the last half hour cook the pasta and add to the pot.
As if all this deliciousness wasn’t enough ,there is also a topping of cashew nuts soaked in lemon juice, and herbs mixed with ricotta to put the finishing touches to this scrumptious dish.
24. Slow Cooker Ratatouille
For a celebratory meal or just when you feel like treating yourself to something special this slow cooker ratatouille is perfect.
The great thing about it is you can swap out veg for ones that you prefer.
So if you want to leave out the squash and add zucchini instead, go ahead. And if you want chunkier veg then just chop them a bit bigger.
Preparation time is only 20 minutes and this recipe cooks in your crockpot in just 3 and a half hours.
Serve with polenta and sprinkle some feta cheese on top.
25. Wild Rice Stuffing
At a time when oven space is at a premium you can call on your crockpot to make this holiday wild rice stuffing.
This is a tasty and healthy alternative to traditional stuffing and is sure to become a new favorite side dish.
It can also be made in advance so leaving you some time to do other things at this busy time of the year.
A mixture of brown and wild rice flavored with aromatic herbs, this stuffing is filling but without that feeling of weight that you get with bread based stuffing. Enjoy!
26. Corn & Red Pepper Chowder
There’s nothing like a chowder to raise your spirits and fill you up in a warming way.
This creamy recipe is slightly lighter than other chowders. But its smoky yet sweet flavor will wow your family and friends.
You can almost taste the flavors just by reading the list of ingredients.
Yellow onion, red pepper, cumin, and smoked paprika among other things promise to deliver a bowl of goodness and great taste.
Just put all your ingredients in the crockpot and leave to cook for 8 hours. Simple yet delicious.
27. Rosemary Carrot Parsnip Mash
When you need an attention grabbing and memorable side dish to add to your holiday dinner table this recipe is exactly what you’ve been looking for.
Parsnips sadly are an underrated vegetable, but they are packed full of goodness. We’re talking fiber, potassium, folate and vitamin K.
So when you pair them with carrots which are no lightweight in the nutrition department, you’re on to a winner.
Add to that just 2 and a half hours of cooking in your crockpot, and you’ll need no more persuading. Garnish with Parmesan and rosemary to serve.
28. Moroccan Chickpea Stew
For a touch of exotic spices try this Moroccan chickpea stew in your slow cooker. It has a great texture with the addition of red lentils which also add starch to the stew.
The combination of turmeric, ginger, cumin, smoked paprika and cinnamon provide the delicious kick to this dish. Add butternut squash, onion and red bell pepper for a filling and sumptuous meal.
Preparation time is 10 minutes and this spicy stew cooks in only 4 hours in your slow cooker.
Serve with some quinoa, arugula and coconut yogurt.
29. Wild Mushroom Soup
Crockpots are great for cooking soup and this wild mushroom soup is a breeze to make in your slow cooker.
There is a bit of stove top cooking involved in this recipe, but it is minimal and really adds to the overall flavor of the dish.
Simply sauté the onion and mushrooms in a pan until they are soft and have released some of their natural flavor. Then add to the crockpot with the other ingredients and cook for 3-4 hours on low.
The white wine and tarragon add to the luxurious flavors of this delicious soup.
30. Potato & Chickpea Tikka Masala
This is a great alternative to chicken tikka masala for those who don’t eat meat. The potato is very filling, and the chickpeas provide plenty of protein.
A blend of six spices give this recipe a warming depth that will be welcome on cold fall or winter evenings.
Preparation time is 20 minutes, but the finished dish will be well worth any extra effort on your part.
Having sautéd the onion, garlic and ginger they are added to the slow cooker along with the other ingredients. Cooking takes 4 hours.
31. Vegan Gumbo
A healthy and tasty Southern dish, this vegan gumbo is perfect for cooking in your crockpot. Most gumbo recipes will have onion, pepper, and celery. Not forgetting okra too, of course.
But most also have some meat, not this gumbo. This one has healthy kidney beans and mushrooms for texture and protein.
Preparation time is 15 minutes, and it cooks in 4 and a half hours in your slow cooker.
You can serve this dish with some brown rice or eat it on its own as a filling stew.
32. Chinese Hot Pot
A spicy Asian dish crammed with delicious, healthy vegetables. It also has tofu which soaks up all the flavors.
This dish does require a bit of preparation time, almost half an hour. This will mostly be chopping and slicing vegetables. But the end result is worth every minute.
You can also make this dish as hot and spicy as you like by adding more chili peppers to the soup or some Sriracha sauce.
Put most of the ingredients into the crockpot and cook for 7-8 hours. Twenty minutes before serving add the rest.
33. Crock Pot Hot Spiced Wine
To prove that your crockpot is one of the most versatile things in your kitchen we have included this recipe for hot spiced wine made in your slow cooker.
At a time of year when every inch of your stove top and oven are filled with holiday dishes your slow cooker will be your go-to pot for this traditional warming drink.
Simply add all five ingredients into the slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hours.
Serve your hot spiced wine with fresh tangerine slices and cinnamon sticks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is A Slow Cooker Useful For Vegans?
Slow cookers are a great way of infusing flavor into vegetable dishes. There are so many ways of using a slow cooker for vegan cooking, including soups, stews, curries and even pasta dishes.
Can You Put All Raw Ingredients In A Crockpot?
It is possible to put all raw ingredients in a crockpot and cook them from scratch.
However, in some recipes pre-cooking improves the flavor or texture of the vegetables. This could be sautéing or boiling.
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