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Vegan Recipe #4: Crockpot Quinoa Chili

Blogger’s spellcheck clearly out of touch with what is popular on Pinterest these days – it does not recognize quinoa as a word (of course, I was completely paranoid that I was spelling it wrong and double-checked).

Fortunately, I had spelled it right (and then I spelled that “right” as “write” so, you know, I am pretty much brilliant).

As you well know, I love anything I can make in a crockpot. Bonus points if it’s cheap to make. And doesn’t require any fussy steps. (By the way, I cooked my beans in the crockpot for about two hours and then rinsed them and moved ahead with the recipe as written, pretending they were canned beans. Feel free to go either way).

Also, this crockpot quinoa chili recipe is vegan, but when I served it, Ella said, before even taking a bite, “I think I want some cheese on this. And sour cream. Because that’s yummy.”

Well. I have clearly raised her right.

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crockpot quinoa chili

5 from 11 votes

Crockpot Quinoa Chili

This vegetarian quinoa chili recipe is very affordable and full of flavor!

Course Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Author Janssen Bradshaw


  • 1 15- ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 15- ounce can pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 14- ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 4- ounce can diced mild green chiles
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2-3 cups vegetable broth use the higher amount if your crockpot runs hot or you'll be cooking it longer than about 6 hours
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 1 bell pepper I used red, diced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder I used garlic salt because my beans weren't cooked in any salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3/4 cup quinoa rinsed throughly
  • Guacamole shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, etc for serving


  1. Combine all ingredients (except the toppings, obviously) in a crockpot. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Stir to combine, salt and pepper to taste, and serve with your choice of toppings. I won't judge if they aren't vegan.

Recipe Notes

(adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything)

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  1. 5 stars
    This looks exactly like the ground beef chili we used to eat when I was a kid, and now that I'm a vegetarian I'm looking forward to trying your version!

    1. 5 stars
      I've made this twice now, and it is SO good. I took it to a church "chili cookoff" and two people asked me for the recipe! 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Can I tell you how much I love the recipes you post? Fabulous ideas. I love a good chili recipe, and I can't wait to try this version with quinoa!

  3. 5 stars
    My kids gobble this down. My 7-yr old said she loved the crockpot chicken curry as her favorite meal of all time, better than pizza. Keep them coming, pretty please!

  4. 5 stars
    I've been eating this since pinning it for 3 weeks? Family loves it! I don't even miss the meat.

  5. 5 stars
    I hardly ever go back and comment on a blog after I make a dish but this was so fabulous that I had to come back and report! My entire family loved this and I loved it because it was so simple to make and has lots of healthy ingredients. This is definitely going on our regular dinner rotation.

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