Quinoa Veggie Chili Recipe

Veggie Quinoa Chili.

Quinoa Veggie Chili

I think this may be my new favourite way to eat chili.

After discovering quinoa a few months ago, I’ve been adding it to everything. It works wonderfully in this veggie chili!

Quinoa Veggie Chili Recipe

  • Servings: 10


– 1 Can Black Beans, Drained & Rinsed
– 1 Can Kidney Beans, Drained & Rinsed
– 2 Cans Diced Tomatoes
– 1 Can Crushed Tomatoes
– 1 Cup Quinoa, Cooked
– 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
– 2 Teaspoons Basil
– 1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
– 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
– 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
– 1/2 Tablespoon Cumin
– Salt & Pepper
– 1/2 Onion, Chopped
– 3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
– 2-3 Carrots, Peeled & Chopped
– 3 Celery Stalks, Chopped
– 1 Bell Pepper (Red or Green), Chopped


1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions, carrot, chopped pepper and celery. Cook until tender, 8-10 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes more.

2. Add kidney beans, diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, kidney beans, quinoa, basil, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, salt and pepper.

3. Reduce heat to low-medium and cook for about 35 minutes.

4. Top with any toppings you like (I always put unflavoured yogurt and cheddar cheese on mine!).

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  1. Stephanie says:

    I love quinoa! So versatile.

  2. Anita Morton says:

    Very clever idea, to add quinoa to the dish. Really boosts its protein value!

  3. Cassie says:

    I only wish I had heard about quinoa sooner, we love it!

  4. Fatema says:

    Thank you for sharing this recipe, it looks delicious.

    Have you tried freezing portions of it for later consumption? Does your toddler like it?

  5. Cassie says:

    Fatema: Yes, our toddler likes it. I have put it in the freezer and it does freeze well. 🙂

  6. Heather says:

    How much is “one can”. Some cans come in 15oz, 19oz or 32oz so I’m only estimating the amounts as it’s not clear how big one can is.

  7. Cassie says:

    Heather: Honestly, the one can amount is relative. Use as much as you want. For tomatoes, I usually use the larger size and the beans are the smaller size cans.

  8. Caroline says:

    Love this new recipe for quinoa…one other tip – a cheaper alternative is to soak your own dried beans and add them. You can soak a batch and once they are ready, freeze, ready-to-use in one cup freezer bags – when using, just toss in frozen or thawed! A time and money saver.

  9. Eve says:

    I absolutely love quinoa. It is great with eggs for breakfast, good as cereal with milk or yogurt and in salads and as a side dish and even growing sprouts!I recently found I was so wheat and grain intolerant that I turned to quinoa and find it so easy for me to digest.I must try this recipe.Quinoa is very satisfying as there is so much protein in it. If I eat white rice I am hungry in 1/2 hr. Brown rice better.

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