Hearty Vegetable Quinoa Chili


Good Tuesday Friends!! Hope you all had a nice 3 Day Weekend 🙂  Talk about rainy days around here! It has been raining like crazy non-stop and isn’t predicted to stop for a while. Definitely breaking out the ol’ rain boots!

I am thrilled to share this ultra healthy chili recipe with you today. Perfect for this time of year, especially rainy cold days! Packed  with vegetables, beans and my new favorite healthy product….quinoa! I just love cooking with it lately. You seriously don’t even miss the meat in this recipe. With that said, if you feel like adding chicken, turkey or beef, it would be great as well. Your call!

Take a peek, hope you’ll give it a try. Total comfort food!



quinoa! I love you.


Saute those babies until nice and tender then add your chicken or vegetable broth


Stir in the ol’ cooked quinoa, beans and seasonings!


Simmer and….EAT



A bowl of Chunky Vegetable Quinoa Chili with a spoon.

Chunky Vegetable Quinoa Chili

An easy chili made with quinoa and plenty of bright, fresh vegetables.
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
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  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 5 stalks celery chopped
  • 5 medium carrots peeled and sliced
  • 6 sweet peppers chopped
  • 1 zucchini quartered and sliced
  • 2 yellow zucchini quartered and sliced
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 2 15 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans white beans drained
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • kosher salt fresh cracked pepper, Lawry's Garlic Salt with Parsley
  • fresh Cilantro leaves chopped


  • Cook quinoa according to package directions. Set aside. Heat oil into a large dutch oven over medium heat. Saute onions, celery, carrots, sweet peppers, and zucchini. Stir and cook for 5-8 minutes or until softened. Stir in garlic and cook for 60 seconds. Season with a pinch of kosher salt.
  • Pour in chicken broth, cooked quinoa, tomatoes, beans, cumin, chili powder, hot sauce, and lime juice. Season with kosher salt, pepper, and Lawry's according to your liking. Add some then give a taste until you are satisfied 🙂  Stir in fresh cilantro leaves.
  • Simmer on low until ready to serve. We like to crush tortilla chips over top, mmm!
Keywords: chili with vegetables, quinoa chili, veggie chili


Have a great new week! See you soon 🙂

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25 Responses
  1. Vicky

    THis sounds so good! I am currently backpacking through Asia with my boyfriend for 2 years (started in Sept 2012) and I already miss quinoa so so much! No sight of it in japan, South Korea or China! My parents are coming to visit in January and I have already asked my mom to bring quinoa with her so I can finally get my fix! That and plantain chips – for some reason I’m missing those too!

  2. Kelley Williams

    Just made the quinoa chili. It is very good. It doesn’t bother me to not have the meat. I eat enough meat. We try to eat at least two meatless meals a week, even with a meat and potato lovin’ husband. Trust me, add the chips, cheese, maybe a little sour cream and extra hot sauce, and you will be pleasantly satisfied. I also like chewy bread with soup, think Panera!

  3. Hillary Crump

    I am so excited to try this recipe. I just bought Quinoa at Costco last week because I hear Doctor Oz talk about it all the time on his show. I wasn’t sure what to make with it. So I am glad you are getting me started on my quinoa adventure.

  4. Megan

    I have been wanting to try using quinoa for a while now and I think this recipe may have just convinced me 🙂 Can’t wait to give it a try!

  5. Kelley Williams

    Hi Jenny, just want to let you know I really have enjoyed some recipes from your site. I too am a quinoa fan. I frequent a recipe called “Chicken & Quinoa Salad with Peanuts, Ginger, & Lime”. It is refreshingly delicious. I like the idea of adding quinoa to a chili. I like to add barley to my pea soup, and it makes me wonder what it might be like to substitue quinoa. Oh, the possibilies……Thanks for a great site.

    Kelley 🙂

  6. Holly

    I found a big bag of quinoa at Costco, and buying it in quantity made it much cheaper.

    I’ve thrown it into soup without cooking it first and let it simmer with the soup. It soaks up some of the liquid and makes it thicker, which I like.

  7. Lynda

    I feel healthier just reading the ingredients for this yummy looking soup! Thanks for sharing this!

  8. Barbara Bakes

    It does look healthy and delicious! Today I blogged about mini cheesecakes I made using your recipe as a base. Thanks!

  9. sharon

    quinoa is such an amazing ingredient! I think I’d need to add some diced chicken to satisfy hubby’s meat needs!

  10. Sheri

    Sounds like a great recipe, but at $7 per 16oz box in the organic food section, it’s not something I’d be willing to cook with very often.

  11. shannon abdollmohammadi


    This is great. I have been cooking with quinoa a lot as of late and love it. It only takes like 20 minutes in the rice cooker. I love it as cereal in the morning with brown sugar, raisins, and butter (think oatmeal but with quinoa).


  12. Debbi

    I never would have thought to put quinoa in a veggie chili, it totally makes sense though. It sounds delicious! Thanks!

  13. Faye

    I ran to the store for ingredients after I read this post, made the soup and it is so yummy! I forgot to get cilantro and didn’t have the garlic salt, but it turned out great anyway. I’m sure it would be even more fabulous with the cilantro. I’m craving meatless right now. I’m adding this recipe to my vegetarian category.

  14. Debi (Table Talk)

    Now that will warm you up on a rainy day! Quinoa is a great addition to this already light and healthy soup!

  15. atpanda

    Sent this to my quinoa-loving husband, and surprise surprise! He ran out and got the ingredients and is making it tonight. Although he’s with Aleks; needs meat. I think he’s going to do ground turkey.

  16. Shannon

    What is quinoa? Is it in most markets?

    Soup looks yummy and since we are supposed to get up to a 1/2″ of ice tonight, this might be what we have for dinner!

  17. Barbara

    Super recipe! Looks so warm and hearty. It’s fun to cook with grains like quinoa…so good for you!

  18. Aleks

    haha okay so I’m stupid. I somehow seem to have skip over the part with the meat. haha 😀
    okay, I’m definitely making this with some chicken or turkey… beef doesn’t really sound suitable to me inside this dish.

  19. Aleks

    This looks delish Jenny, I love quinoa… this is such a great idea, my only problem is, that if I’d make it, I can already see my fiancé asking “Nice side dish, but where’s the meat?”
    dang it.

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