Vegetarian Quinoa Chili Recipe

Vegetarian Quinoa Chili

We love chili, but our daughter is vegetarian. And since we don’t want to exclude her from our meals, I looked for a good, filling, flavorful vegetarian quinoa chili recipe.

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Top it off with a few pieces f fresh avocado, and you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried this before.

Vegetarian Quinoa Chili Recipe


  1. 2 cups cooked quinoa
  2. 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  3. 1 large yellow onion, diced (1 3/4 cup)
  4. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  6. 15 oz canned tomato sauce
  7. 1 1/2 – 2 cups water (or chicken broth if not making vegetarian)
  8. 7 oz canned diced green chilies
  9. 2 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  10. 2 tsp ground cumin
  11. 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  12. 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  13. 2 tsp cocoa powder
  14. 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  15. cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
  16. Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  17. 2 (15 oz) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed (I used one dark red, one light red)
  18. 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  19. 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen corn
  20. 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  21. Juice of 1 lime


  1. Heat olive oil in a large enameled cast iron pot over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot add onion and saute until tender, about 4 minutes, adding in garlic during last 30 seconds of sauteing.
  2. Add in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, cooked quinoa, water (start with 1 1/2 cups then add more later if desired), green chilies, chili powder, cumin, cocoa, paprika, sugar, coriander, cayenne pepper and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Bring mixture just to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover pot and allow to simmer 30 minutes.
  4. Add in all beans, corn, cilantro and lime and cook until heated through.
  5. Serve warm with optional toppings and sides (cheddar, sour cream, diced avocados, saltine crackers or tortilla chips).

Want more vegetarian recipes with quinoa? Try these quinoa stuffed bell peppers.

Chili ingredients you might need

McCormick Dark Chili Powder, 20 ozMcCormick Dark Chili Powder, 20 ozThe Vegetarian Chili Cookbook: 80 Deliciously Different One-Dish MealsThe Vegetarian Chili Cookbook: 80 Deliciously Different One-Dish MealsHatch Mild Diced Green Chilies, 4 ozHatch Mild Diced Green Chilies, 4 oz

This vegetarian quinoa chili recipe is delicious, filling and the prefect comfort food on a chili day. You'll never miss the meat either. #vegetarianchili

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