There's a reason why slow cooker recipes are wildly popular. We want convenience, and we want—and need—it now. The slow cooker delivers just that, working hard for us while we're hard at work, welcoming us home to a fragrant dinner that's just waiting to be enjoyed. This simple appliance works miracles with tough, inexpensive cuts of meat, coaxing out incredible flavor and turning out meltingly tender results. Through its low, slow cooking, it melds and marries flavors; it brings ingredients together in delicious harmony. And it offers up a few surprises: appetizers, sides, and drinks that simmer to perfection—hands-free.
Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili
Need a big batch of chili for a crowd? This simple slow cooker version will be your go-to for game days, casual get-togethers, and fuss-free weeknight dinners. We give this vegetarian version rich, savory notes with Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, and cumin. A mix of beans makes up the body of the chili, but you could also add rinsed and drained canned hominy, butternut squash, or peeled, diced sweet potato. As with any chili, the topping possibilities are endless: Go for shredded cheese and sour cream one night, then try crunchy tortilla strips, diced avocado, sliced radishes, and green onions on another night.