Quinoa Chili {Vegetarian}


Here is another recipe I’ve already shared (I’ve redone a few in the last few months, to update photos), so if you missed it you’ve got to try it! This Quinoa Chili is one of my favorite recipes! This vegetarian chili is seriously do good that you won’t miss the beef and you’ll fall in love with one bite. I’ve made this recipe again and again so you know this is one you’ve got to try. I originally shared this recipe three years ago in July of 2013.

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I love that it’s packed with nutritious ingredients and it’s something I can feel great about eating and feeding my family. It’s hearty, healthy and totally satisfying. Who says comfort food can’t be healthy? Yes, I maybe load the cheese on my serving and many would argue that cheese isn’t healthy but we need a little something added to it and I’m just crazy about cheese. It would be like toast without butter  to me though, chili and cheese just go together. But if you are wanting to keep it vegan or dairy free it would still be good without the cheese, this chili just has the perfect flavor!


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I love that this is so easy to make and it most of the ingredients it calls for are things I always keep on hand, yet another reason it has become a go-to recipe in our dinner rotation. Plus, chili is one of my favorite foods (oddly enough, I know that may seem strange but there’s something about chili that just speaks to me), so I like to make several different variations of it since I make it so often.

The original inspiration for this Quinoa Chili recipe were these Quinoa Tacos I shared long ago, so if you haven’t tried those either be sure to try them too (maybe someday I’ll get around to updating those photos too).

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Quinoa Chili

5 from 6 votes

Simple,delicious and healthy vegetarian Quinoa chili

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: quinoa chili, vegetarian chili
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 38 minutes
Total Time: 48 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 184 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (from 2/3 cup dry)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion , diced (1 3/4 cup)
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can vegetable broth
  • 1 (7 oz) can diced green chiles
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper , more or less to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  • 2 (15 oz) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed (I used one dark red, one light red)
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice

For serving (optional)

  • Shredded cheddar cheese , diced avocado, sour cream, tortilla chips


  1. Heat olive oil in a large enameled cast iron pot over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot add onion and saute until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and saute 1 minute longer.
  2. Add in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, cooked quinoa, vegetable broth, green chiles, chili powder, cumin, cocoa, paprika, sugar, coriander, cayenne pepper and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring mixture just to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover pot and allow to simmer 30 minutes.
  3. Add in all kidney beans, black beans, corn, cilantro and lime and cook until heated through. Serve warm with optional toppings and sides (cheddar, sour cream, diced avocados and tortilla chips).
  4. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Sodium 284mg 12%
Potassium 572mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 7g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 32%
Vitamin C 23%
Calcium 7.8%
Iron 20.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Sam: I’m a vegetarian and love the sound of this recipe. Going to make it tomorrow for dinner. Keep the vego recipes coming! :) August 3, 2013 at 3:55am Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: Quinoa in chili? Why have I never thought of this?! August 1, 2013 at 9:50pm Reply

  • Rachel @ Bakerita: Mmm…chili with quinoa! So genius. Definitely need to try this one out! Pinned. August 1, 2013 at 6:59pm Reply

  • Ash H.: You need to get on bloglovin! It is seriously the only way a lot of readers use to keep track of when bloggers post! This is making me hungry just looking at it! August 1, 2013 at 4:32pm Reply

  • Elodie: Mioum ! I never had Chili, but yours seems so delicious !! (And I’m vegetarian^^)
    When the weather will be cooler, I will try it ! Thanks ! August 1, 2013 at 9:33am Reply

  • Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent: I am totally going to try this when football season starts :) August 1, 2013 at 5:28am Reply

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar: This sounds so dang delicious! Love it! August 1, 2013 at 4:46am Reply

  • Sue: When do you add Quinoa ? July 31, 2013 at 9:34pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So sorry, I’ve added that above. Thanks for pointing that out! August 3, 2013 at 8:57am Reply

      • Nerd girl: The chilli is good but on the recipe you need to put that it is spicy. Because when I made it my kids couldn’t even eat it October 18, 2015 at 10:10pm Reply

        • Mumrah: The fact that it is a chilli, which is traditionally spicy, should be a clue, no??? March 14, 2016 at 1:17pm Reply

          • Lindsee: Haha right? Or maybe the ingredients used in it should tip one off. Regardless of the obviousness. Its not a bloggers fault on any recipe, YOU should be checking the ingedients and making sure it will work. Its YOUR family, not theirs. October 17, 2016 at 11:53am

        • mk: chili powder isn’t spicy. Just eliminate the cayenne pepper :) December 15, 2017 at 9:54am Reply

          • mk: as well as black pepper. December 15, 2017 at 9:55am

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