We are all trying to do our bit for the environment and we know that cutting meat out of our diet makes a huge impact. So My Green Australia brings you Meat Free Mid Week Recipes – this week Effortless Chili!

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step 1 – Ingredients

You’ll need:

  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 2 large cans of whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 large can of crushed tomatoes
  • 3 regular cans of red kidney beans
  • 3 tbsps of olive oil
  • 2-4 tbsps of chili powder
  • Salt


  • Cooked ground beef/turkey
  • Rehydrated Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)
  • Cottage cheese or sour cream
  • Chives
  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • Croutons
  • Bread with a nice crust
  • Grilled cheese sandwich
  • Tabasco sauce

Note:  When I worked at a small nonprofit, we would have “Slow Cooker Fridays”, and this was the favorite meal to make.  The ingredients were divided up.

-Onions, garlic, and olive oil
-Kidney beans
-Bread, croutons, cheese, etc.

I usually brought the chili powder, and there was already salt in the kitchen.  If you work in a small office, I highly recommend trying this out with your coworkers.  Freshly cooked food is such a relief, and it removes a bit of tension and stress in the office.

step 2 – Microwave Garlic and Onion

Microwave the diced onion and minced garlic until the onion is semi-translucent.

I microwaved this batch for 3.5 minutes at 70% power.

Tip for Mincing Garlic:

  • Place the garlic clove under the flat portion of the knife and hit the knife quickly with the butt of your hand.
  • Remove the skin of the clove.
  • Return clove under the flat portion of the knife and hit the knife with the butt of your hand until the clove is smashed.
  • Run the knife through the smashed clove until it’s fully minced.

step 3 – Pour and cook

step 3Pour and cook

Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker including the liquids in the cans.

Note: If you want meat or TVP, add it at this point.


Cook on low for 3-5 hours.

Thank you to Angry Redhead for this awesome recipe! I can’t wait to try it out this week!

Give the Meat Free Mid Week Recipes a try and let us know how you went or add your favourite recipes to our collection!

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