• 4-5 cans of beans
  • Imitation ground beef or sausage (optional)
  • 4-6 ripe tomatoes
  • 2-3 onions
  • 3-4 peppers- all colors
  • spices (chili powder, garlic powder, salt, paprika, pepper)


Sauté onions and place them in a crock pot. Take the imitation meat and roll into very tiny balls, then brown in the same pan that you cooked onions in. Put into the crock pot. Add in the cans of beans WITH the juice, and add the tomatoes and peppers. Cook on high for about two hours. Once the two hours are over, I turn the heat down to low and add in a drizzle of each of my spices. I mix and walk away. Wait another two hours, and repeat. I do this 1 more time and usually things are looking good. I taste and than add in spice as needed. We like it spicy so I tend to use a lot of chili powder and garlic powder.

We like to serve the chili over noodles. My husband's favorite is the type of noodles that look like a thick spaghetti but have a hole in the center so they pick up the extra juice. We put some noodles in the bowl, chili on top, fried onions, and than a bit of Tofutti "sour cream." Sometimes we will even add a bit of fresh guacamole.