A young, dry, fruity Merlot contrasts nicely with the chili.
Mince garlic and chop bell pepper and onion; transfer to slow cooker.
Add beans, tomato paste, spices, herbs, crushed tomatoes, salt, and a few grinds of black pepper to slow cooker. Add 1 cup of water, stir to combine, then cover and cook on low until chili has thickened, approx. 7 – 8 hours (or on high for approx. 4 – 5 hours). Serve topped with chopped cilantro and scallions and a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy!