2 tbsp olive oil (optional- I don't use it because I'm cooking in crock pot)
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 large green pepper, seeded and chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
1 cup vegetable broth (I use Pacific Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Broth)
1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes (I use Muir Glen organic fire roasted-super YUM!)
1 can (14 oz) black beans, rinsed
1can (14 oz) dark red kidney beans (I use the triple bean can from Kroger), rinsed
1 tbsp ground cumin
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp sea salt
1 cup vegetarian refried beans (important to get "vegetarian" ones because they are just beans & water)- optional, to thicken
I start chopping and prepping my ingredients, adding them to my crockpot as I go except for the refried beans. I save my spices for last. Once all spices are added, I use a wooden spoon to stir thoroughly. After everything is mixed well, I add in my refried beans and stir again. They will appear to be "choppy" in the mix but they will help thicken the chili and smooth out as it gets hotter.
I set my crockpot on high (or 4 hr setting) and let it cook! Serve with your choice of toppings depending on dietary considerations. We serve ours over baked potatoes to make a hearty meal. ENJOY!