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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  • Miruna: Hi, i made it today and is tasty. I replaced the diced tomatoes saus with a spaghetti saus i had on hand but didn’t dared to add the cocoa! I can’t imagine tasting cocoa in other than sweet recipes. April 2, 2018 at 10:39am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad it was enjoyed! Thanks for leaving a comment! April 2, 2018 at 3:35pm Reply

  • Mary Sam: This chili is fantastic, a real crowd pleaser… my children didn’t even realize it was meatless. The directions are spot on and easy to follow. March 5, 2018 at 7:00pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: My kids love it too! Thanks for the review Mary! March 6, 2018 at 6:08pm Reply

  • Michelle: Following other people’s comments about spice, I did not add the Cayenne. I also admitted the coriander because I did not have any. Same goes with the onion, though I love onion I just had run out. I did not have any tomato sauce so I used a can of creamy tomato soup. I have never heard of using cocoa powder in chili before, interesting. I put it all in the slow cooker on low for 8 hours, we will see how it turns out. Thanks for the recipe! :) February 23, 2018 at 12:03pm Reply

  • Katie: This chili is amazing! My new favorite chili recipe, hands down. Thank you for sharing it.
    It is just my husband and I…and there is a lot of chili! Have you ever tried freezing it? February 21, 2018 at 7:44am Reply

  • Leslie: My family loves this recipe!! Really easy and so delicious! Thanks for sharing! February 19, 2018 at 7:27pm Reply

  • Carmen: This chili was amazing! Served it at a party, and everyone raved about how good it was. Even those who traditionally love meat-laden chili loved it! February 7, 2018 at 5:51pm Reply

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