Wrap Party Vegetarian Chili
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Wrap Party Vegetarian Chili

This article is about one of the Craft Service Recipes used on small, independent movie sets and at their wrap parties. This is a popular vegetarian recipe that is showing up more and more on mainstream sets. Good cooking on sets improve morale of crews and this usually adds to a better quality of the work performed on the film or television productions.

In all film production, food seems to be a very important morale booster.  Good, hearty foods equates to a more motivated crew, especially when the production dollars are tight and the crew's payroll is stretched to the limit of that allocated production budget.  Many production companies have a wrap party following the production phase of making the film, and a lot of small, independent companies throw pot luck type parties.   In the old days, this consisted of a lot of meaty dishes, but with today's health consciousness and larger number of crew members that are vegetarian, some new dishes have shown up at the wrap party and have then, because of their popularity and by request, trickled down into our craft service area during the shoot.   It pleases the crew and the talent.  Here is one recipe that was created for such a wrap party and is the most requested vegetarian chili from craft services on our productions.  It is easy and uses a slow cooker, because it requires just "a set it and forget it" preparation the day before, and then keeping turning the slow cooker on warm, allows the crew to eat it hot on their break schedule.   It is called, The Wrap Party Vegetarian Chili.  Here is the recipe.

Needed one five or six quart slow cooker.


  • 2 12 oz. cans premium dark red kidney beans
  • 1 12 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 12 oz can S/W Mexican Style Stewed tomatoes
  • 5 cloves of garlic minced
  • 5 peeled and thin sliced carrots
  • 5 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 medium yellow onions (chopped)
  • 1 package of organic corn (about two cups)
  • 2 organic zucchini (Thin sliced)
  • 1 organic yellow bell pepper (chopped or diced)
  • 1 organic orange bell pepper (chopped or diced)
  • 1 oganic red bell pepper (chopped or diced)
  • 1 organic green bell pepper (chopped or diced)
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of dry oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon or to taste cayenne

Mix everything into the slow cooker, set on low and let it cook for eleven hours.  Refrigerate over night and bring it to set the next day.  Place in craft service's slow cooker on set or at wrap party.  Set cooker in warm setting.  That's all there is to it.

Eat it alone or serve it on a bed of wild rice, crackers, or any favorite topping.

See you on the set.


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Valuable share! Thanks for sharing your recipe...voted