Quinoa Chili {Vegetarian}

Published November 14, 2016. Updated January 17, 2024

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Quinoa Chili is one of the tastiest healthy vegetarian recipes! It’s loaded with vegetables, quinoa, beans and it’s all simmered together in a deliciously seasoned broth. Definitely a recipe you’ll want to add to the dinner rotation or to your go-to Super Bowl party food menu!

Vegetarian Quinoa Chili

Vegetarian Quinoa Chili

This vegetarian chili is seriously so good that you won’t miss the beef . 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 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?

Quinoa Chili | Cooking Classy

Yes, I may 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 want to keep it vegan or dairy-free it would still be good without the cheese, this chili just has the perfect flavor!

Quinoa Chili | Cooking Classy

I love that this is so easy to make and 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. We also like making this healthier option for the Super Bowl party food table.

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). I like to make several different variations of it since I make it so often.

The original inspiration for this Quinoa Chili recipe was these Quinoa Tacos I shared long ago, so if you haven’t tried those either be sure to try them too.

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Quinoa Chili

Quinoa Chili is one of the tastiest healthy recipes! It's loaded with vegetables, quinoa, beans and it's all simmered together in a deliciously seasoned broth. Definitely a recipe you'll want to add to the dinner rotation!
Servings: 6 servings
Prep10 minutes
Cook38 minutes
Ready in: 48 minutes


For serving (optional)


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 401 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Sodium 1357mg59%
Potassium 1435mg41%
Carbohydrates 74g25%
Fiber 20g83%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 2055IU41%
Vitamin C 32.1mg39%
Calcium 160mg16%
Iron 7.6mg42%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.