Vegetarian Quinoa Chili with Black Beans

The quinoa in this vegetarian quinoa chili provides the perfect meaty texture, without the meat. It’s easy to make, healthy and oh so satisfying.

The quinoa in this vegetarian quinoa chili provides the perfect meaty texture, without the meat. It's easy to make, healthy and oh so satisfying. Get the healthy recipe on RachelCooks.com!

As you know, we’ve been spending A LOT of time between the hospital and a hotel following my father-in-law’s stroke and hospitalization.

That means a lot of cafeteria food and restaurant take-out (and yes, I AM getting very fat). When I came home for a day to catch up on laundry and other assorted household tasks, I was craving something healthy and home-cooked. Since my husband wasn’t with me, it was obviously going to be a vegetarian meal — I have to seize those opportunities when my meat-loving hubby isn’t around! I had already cooked quinoa waiting in the freezer and all of the other ingredients for this quinoa chili on hand. The last thing I wanted to do was make a trip to the grocery store.

The quinoa is the perfect meat substitute in this quinoa chili – the texture is spot-on. If you’re loving the idea of subbing out meat with quinoa, you have to try my vegan bolognese – it’s SO good and you’ll never miss the meat.

If you’re looking for a chili with more meat, try my white chicken chili or turkey and beef chili with beer and beans. Or there’s Caribbean chicken chili if you’re up for something more unique.

 

The quinoa in this vegetarian quinoa chili provides the perfect meaty texture, without the meat. It's easy to make, healthy and oh so satisfying. Get the healthy recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Vegetarian Quinoa Black Bean Chili

The quinoa in this vegetarian quinoa chili provides the perfect meaty texture, without the meat. It’s easy to make, healthy and oh so satisfying.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (or less)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (optional)
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups (or two cans) of cooked beans (I used a mix of black and pinto)
  • one 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes with their juice
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • optional toppings: greek yogurt, sour cream, cilantro, green onions, cheese

Directions:

1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the peppers, onion, celery and carrot. Cook until softened, stirring occasionally.
2. Add the spices and cook for another minute or so.
3. Add all other ingredients and simmer over medium-low heat until heated through and carrots and vegetables are soft. (At least 30 minutes.) Add more water as necessary for desired consistency–I ate mine super thick ’cause that’s the way I like it.
4. Enjoy with any of your desired toppings.

Serving Size: 1 cup

Adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod

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Verdict: Delicious. This quinoa chili is very good leftover too–I had a lot of leftovers. I froze a bowl of it to enjoy at a later date.
Husband’s take: He didn’t have any, but my daughter ate the quinoa chili too (I did give it a quick rinse because she’s not wild about tomato sauces).
Changes I would make: None. Except the addition of cilantro for a fresh garnish. Or green onions. Or cheddar cheese. Chili toppings are my absolute favorite thing about chili.
Difficulty: Very easy.

Actual nutrition may vary depending on how recipe is prepared. Nutritional information does not include toppings.

Actual nutrition may vary depending on how recipe is prepared. Nutritional information does not include toppings.

The quinoa in this vegetarian quinoa chili provides the perfect meaty texture, without the meat. It's easy to make, healthy and oh so satisfying. Get the healthy recipe on RachelCooks.com!

The quinoa in this vegetarian quinoa chili provides the perfect meaty texture, without the meat. It's easy to make, healthy and oh so satisfying. Get the healthy recipe on RachelCooks.com!
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35 comments

  1. Looks great- I’ve been loving quinoa lately!

  2. This sounds delicious and just the kind of thing to keep you going at such a difficult time.

  3. Isn’t it funny that once you’ve been unable to cook and away from home you crave it most upon your return? Sometimes we get burdened by having to cook everyday… until it’s not an option. So glad you had some time to get stuff caught up at home and hoping things return to normal for your entire family soon. Prayers continue. {Hugs my Friend} PS ~ The chili looks amazing and I’m sure it was a nice treat in the middle of the hectic.

  4. This looks so healthy and thick – love it!

  5. So glad you liked it! It’s amazing how sometimes a home-cooked meal does actually provide comfort. Hope things calm down for you soon.

  6. All over this, love vegetarian chilis!

  7. I am so sorry to hear you’ve been spending so much time at the hospital. I’ve been thinking about you and your family, so much, Rachel. You’re in my prayers!

    I also moved forward with my blog change and thought of you, too!

  8. I am becoming a HUGE fan of quinoa. It is so versatile and taste awesome in so many things. This chili looks delicious!

  9. What a fantastic idea for chili, Rachel! So wholesome, colorful, and I bet delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Looks great Rachel! I really like quinoa but I haven’t tried it in chili yet.

  11. Ooo! Sounds good! I need to make this before it gets too hot in the desert! Hope all is okay in your world…

  12. This looks really good! I’d have to wait until the husband was gone to make it though.. ;)

  13. Hope you are hanging in there…thanks for taking the time to share this yummy looking recipe.

  14. This reminds me of a lunch I had at Protein Bar a few weeks ago. YUM.

  15. This recipe could not have come at a better time. I want to start cooking with quinoa so I am definitely going to try this recipe!

  16. Homemade recipes in the midst of take-out always taste extra perfect. I love this one! Quinoa is one of my favorite new ingredients. It’s going into chili next!

  17. chili is a family favorite and I love this version with the quinoa!

  18. I would have to make this when I’m home alone too. Without meat, it doesn’t constitute dinner to some people in my house.

  19. My mouth is watering!!! One of the best things about this recipe (besides it looking delicious) is that I have 90% of these ingredients in my pantry right now!! :) Yumm!!!

  20. first, sending you and your family good vibes and good wishes.

    now for the chili: it looks awesome! I would just add some chopped avocado on top.

  21. I absolutely love quinoa and never thought of using it to make chili: such a great recipe!
    Quinoa is my absolute favorite post-workout food: complete protein and whole array of precious nutrients.
    Peace
    Mike

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  23. I just made this dish for some bona fide carnivores and it was a hit. Thanks so much for posting! The quinoa really adds a meaty texture. I did substitute roasted butternut squash for the carrots and added turmeric to the dish as well.

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