Vegan Slow Cooker Stew with Chickpeas and Spinach

Vegan Slow Cooker Stew with Chickpeas and Spinach

On chilly days, there’s nothing quite like tucking into a comforting bowl of this Vegan Slow Cooker Stew. And, even better, it takes about 15 minutes to prep and it’s ready by the time you get home from work! This simple recipe is packed with colorful veggies, like bell peppers, tomatoes, cauliflower, and spinach in a savory coconut curry broth. In fact, each serving is so hearty, and has so much flavor, you might not notice that this recipe is completely vegan.

Simmering the vegetable stew in a slow cooker with garlic, ginger, and spices allows the flavors to meld together for hours. The result is a fragrant, flavorful broth that takes very little work to achieve. Simply sautée the onions, pepper and garlic; then toss everything into a crock pot and let it do its thing.

The spices are one of the most important components of this Vegan Slow Cooker Stew recipe. You’ll need curry powder, fresh ginger, salt and pepper, and cayenne. The combination is phenomenal. Coconut milk gives a creamy texture and balances out the mild heat from the cayenne powder. And because this soup is meat-free, chickpeas boost the protein in this healthy plant-based dish. We recommend stirring the spinach in right before serving – it literally takes seconds to wilt.

If you don’t have a slow cooker at home, a big soup pot will work too. Just cook over very low heat, plan to reduce the cooking time, and watch over your stew as it bubbles away. If you’re in a hurry, it can be ready to eat after about 30 minutes, but longer cooking will intensify the flavor.

Vegan Slow Cooker Stew

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Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew

This vegan Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew is packed with chickpeas, cauliflower, spinach, and other yummy veggies.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 17 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 32 minutes
Servings 6 servings, approx. 2 cups each
Calories 274 kcal
Author Beachbody


  • olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups low-sodium organic vegetable broth
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes, no added salt
  • 2 15-oz. cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans) drained, rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp. sea salt or Himalayan salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 dash ground cayenne pepper optional
  • 1 medium head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 1 (10-oz.) bag raw baby spinach
  • 1 cup lite coconut milk


  1. Heat oil in medium nonstick skillet over high heat.
  2. Add onion and bell peppers; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
  3. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
  4. Place onion mixture in 3-quart slow cooker.
  5. Add broth, tomatoes (with juice), chickpeas, curry powder, maple syrup, ginger, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Mix well; cover. Cook on high for 3 hours.
  6. Add cauliflower. Mix well; cover. Cook on high for 1 hour.
  7. Add spinach and coconut milk. Mix well; cover. Cook on high for 10 minutes, or until spinach wilts.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 274 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 567mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 13g
Protein 11g 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Vegan Slow Cooker Stew

Nutritional Information for Vegan Slow Cooker Stew (per serving):
Calories: 274
Total Fat: 8 g
Saturated Fat: 3 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 567 mg
Carbohydrates: 40 g
Fiber: 12 g
Sugars: 13 g
Protein: 11 g

P90X/P90X2 Portions
1 Vegetable
¾ Tuber/Legume Carb
½ Fat

P90X3 Portions
2½ Carbs
1½ Fat

Body Beast Portions
2½ Vegetables
1 Legume
1½ Fat

Portion Fix Containers
2 Greens
1½ Yellow
½ Blue
½ tsp.

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Vegan Slow Cooker Stew with Chickpeas and Spinach

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