Looking for vegan and vegetarian slow cooker recipes to nourish you this autumn and winter? I’ve got 25 delicious recipes right here for you to try!
Of all the appliances in my kitchen, it’s my slow cooker that I love the most (my air fryer comes a close second though!). We use it at least three days a week, and there’s nothing quite like that smug feeling of sitting at work at 10 am knowing that dinner is all taken care of.
What I also love is that the average slow cooker costs considerably less than an oven to run. In fact, it comes in as the cheapest kitchen appliance to run. Ideal Home found that in 2022, it costs 40p to run a slow cooker for 8 hours, while your oven will cost 34p for just 20 minutes. Given that you need to warm your oven up for about 15 minutes before you cook, we’re talking about considerable savings here.
Despite this, before buying our slow cooker, we were on the fence about buying one for ages because we wondered just how much use we would get out of it. Apparently, the average UK household has £415 worth of unused cooking gadgets and utensils in their kitchen. I didn’t want my slow cooker to add to this statistic!
What made me so wary about purchasing a slow cooker was that the majority of slow cooker recipes I came across were meat-based. As such, I spent some time doing a little research into vegan and vegetarian slow cooker recipes. I feel like I hit the jackpot – I had so many bookmarks!
In fact, I found so many great-looking vegan and vegetarian slow cooker recipes that I thought it would be useful to share them all here with you, in case you have a slow cooker or are considering buying one.
25 Tasty Vegan and Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes
Here are 25 vegan and vegetarian slow cooker recipes that will nourish you and keep you going all autumn and winter! I plan on trying each and every one of them!
Butternut Squash Chilli
This Butternut Squash Chili With Porter from Oh My Veggies is both vegetarian and vegan. What’s more, it is flavoured with beer for a unique taste.
Slow Cooker Aubergine
Come summer try these Slow Cooker Aubergines from BBC Good Food. It’s both gluten-free and vegetarian. However, it can be made vegan by omitting the feta at the end.
Vegetarian Slow Cooker Madras Curry Recipe
I can’t wait to try this vegan and vegetarian-friendly Madras Curry from Peas & Crayons. It looks so good!
Sweet Potato and Coconut Curry
Is it cold out? Try this Sweet Potato and Coconut Curry from BBC Good Food. It’s vegetarian and vegan, and sure to warm you up on the chilliest of days.
Mexican Quinoa Tacos
If you weren’t feeling hungry before, you will be now. These Mexican Quinoa Tacos look amazing! They’re also gluten-free.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
I did not know you can make mashed potatoes in a slow cooker! Truly life-changing stuff! The Garlic Mashed Potatoes from Damn Delicious are vegetarian. Just remember to swap the Parmesan for vegetarian hard cheese!
Red Lentil Dahl
Dahl is one of my favourite vegan meals. As such, this Red Lentil Dal from Cafe Johnsonia is the first on my list of slow cooker recipes to make!
Vegetarian Tuscan Tortellini Slow Cooker Recipe
This Tuscan Tortellini from Nosh and Nourish is vegetarian and looks divine.
I love chilli and I love macaroni, but I have never thought to combine the two. What have I been doing for the last 41 years?! I’m trying this vegetarian slow-cooker recipe for Chili Macaroni from Kristine’s Kitchen ASAP!
This Enchilada Orzo from Damn Delicious is vegetarian and looks in a similar vein to the chilli macaroni. Yum!
Vegetarian Three-Bean Chilli Slow Cooker Recipe
You can’t really go wrong with a classic vegetarian and vegan-friendly chilli. This Three Bean Chilli from Cookin’ Canuck looks pretty good!
Slow Cooker Tagine
Another cold-day classic, this Slow Cooker Tagine recipe from BBC Good Food is vegetarian and perfect for cold grey days when you feel like you need some spice!
Pasta e Fagioli Soup Recipe
This Pasta e Fagioli Soup from Kalyn’s Kitchen is on my list of things to make in my slow cooker. Again, swap the Parmesan for vegetarian hard cheese to make it vegetarian. It’s a pet peeve of mine that people forget that Parmesan isn’t vegetarian yet claim their dish is vegetarian. It’s something to watch out for, particularly in restaurants.
Vegetarian Minestrone Soup Slow Cooker Recipe
A slow cooker recipe guide needs a minestrone soup because is it even autumn if there isn’t any minestrone? I’ve bookmarked this Vegetarian Minestrone Soup from Little Spice Jar. However, again, check the Parmesan.
Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Lasagna Recipe
First, it was mashed potato. And then next I discovered that you can make lasagna in a slow cooker. What can I say, it’s been a day of discoveries! As such, I’ve added this Veggie Crockpot Lasagna from Pinch of Yum to my ever-growing list of things to cook in my slow cooker.
Potato and Corn Chowder
I’ve never had chowder before, but I’m very into the idea of this Potato and Corn Chowder from Damn Delicious. Sub the chicken stock for vegetable stock to make it vegetarian.
Slow Cooker Vegetarian White Bean Soup Recipe
I love butter beans, so I am all over this slow-cooker white bean soup. Again, there’s Parmesan so do watch that, and swap the chicken stock for vegetarian or vegan-friendly stock.
Creamy Pumpkin Soup
This Creamy Pumpkin Soup from Cafe Johnsonia is vegan thanks to the use of coconut milk to make it creamy. Doesn’t it look so good?
Italian Vegetable Bake
In a Mediterranean mood? This slow cooker Italian Vegetable Bake from BBC Good Food is vegetarian-friendly. My partner isn’t a fan of soggy bread, and I notice all the reviews complain about the bread being soggy, so I’d probably do the bread on the side.
This Vegan Jambalaya from Connoisseurus Veg looks amazing, and can also be cooked on your hob.
Butternut Squash Macaroni
Healthy Slow Cooking’s Butternut Squash Macaroni can be made vegan or vegetarian to suit and is a healthier twist on the comfort food classic.
Aubergine Parmesan from Wendy Polisi because calling it Eggplant Parmesan just sounds wrong! I always thought something like this would be tricky to make, but it actually looks pretty easy!
Coconut Quinoa Curry
This Coconut Quinoa Curry from Simply Quinoa is vegan and vegetarian-friendly and looks so flavourful!
Hearty Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chowder Recipe
This Hearty Veggie Chowder from Delish Knowledge is vegetarian and looks so straightforward to make.
Quinoa and Black Bean Stuffed Peppers
And finally, I’ll round off this list of vegan and vegetarian slow cooker recipe ideas with these vegetarian Quinoa and Black Bean Stuffed Peppers from Pinch of Yum. Just look at them! I would not have thought you could make something like this in a slow cooker.
Do you have any favourite vegan or vegetarian slow cooker recipes to share? Or any favourite slow cooker recipe books? Let me know in the comments below!