Re: Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chili that doesn't use canned beans???
I'd say just precook your beans and use them the way you would canned. Or just dump them in and cook them in the crock pot till they are almost done then add everything else (I like lots of veggies in my chili but I like there to be some texture to them so they aren't just mush).
I've soaked my beans in the crock pot insert overnight then dumped the water and cooked the beans (in (fresh water) with every seasoning sans salt till they were almost done then added all the veggies (sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, olives, onion, bell peppers, etc) and when the veggies are done added the salt.