Slow cooker recipes are ideal for the holiday season when our schedules get so busy. This Fire-Roasted Slow Cooker Chili recipe from Meg of Beard & Bonnet is ideal for this time of year. Just plan on 20 minutes of prep time in the morning, let your slow cooker do the work, and you can be enjoying your cozy meal with a glass of wine in the evening! Although there is no meat in this chili, it’s loaded with intense flavor from three types of beans, two types of peppers, and fire-roasted tomatoes. You won’t be disappointed…especially when you pair it with one of these wines.
Fire-Roasted Slow Cooker Chili Recipe and Wine Pairing:
Though this chili is vegan it has some intense flavor. It won’t have the earthy richness of a typical beef stew, but it is still hearty. The combination of peppers and tomatoes will also give it a sweetness opening it up to a variety of wine options outside of what you would expect from a meat based chili. Look for fruity, medium to full bodied wines with good acidity.
Carmenere: Santa Ema Select Terroir Carmenere ~$11
Carmenere and chili are a great match, even for vegan chili. With aromas of black and blue berry fruit, you’ll also find black pepper and red bell pepper to compliment the ingredients found in the chili. The wine is nicely balanced with more pepper and berry notes on the palate with mild tannins and balanced acidity.
Carmenere: Haras de Pirque Estate Carmenere ~$10
Rich and dark, this Carmenere has violets and black berry fruit with lively spice characteristics typical of the variety. This wine is balanced on the palate with smooth tannins and nice acidity to stand up to the peppers, tomatoes, spices, and rich beans found in the recipe.
Barbera: Michele Chiarlo Barbera d’Asti $15
Barbera’s fruit characteristics and acidity make it a good candidate for this chili. Elegant, well structured, with vibrant fruit loaded with red juicy berries, flowers, and peppery spices, this particular Barbera is a complex and robust wine at a great price.
Grenache: E. Guigal Gigondas ~$31
Blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah this is a powerful wine you’ll want to let decant before drinking. It’s complex with layers of rich berry fruit, pepper, lavender, and mineral characteristics. There is a meaty quality to this rich wine that will go nicely with the slowly stewed chili.
Malbec: Anoro Malbec ~$24
If you’re looking for something a bit rich and comforting to go along with your chili, this is your wine. Richly textured with red and black berries, violets, and chocolate aromas. The body is smooth yet maintains enough acidity to hold up to the fire roasted tomatoes.