Healthy Vegan Quinoa Chili
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This healthy vegan quinoa chili is hearty and delicious. Go ahead and double the batch, it freezes beautifully! Vegan / Gluten-Free
Recipe type: Main, Entree
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex
Serves: 6
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well (I use red & black quinoa, but regular white quinoa is fine)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper (capsicum), seeded, diced
  • 2 cans (400g) diced tomatoes with juices
  • 2 cans (420g) kidney beans, NOT drained
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • salt & freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup corn kernels (drained if using canned)
Serve With (Optional)
  • cucumber
  • avocado
  • cilantro (fresh coriander)
  • tortilla chips
  • vegan sour cream
  • vegan cheese
  1. Bring vegetable stock to boil in a medium saucepan. Add quinoa, stir, cover, and simmer on lowest setting until ready, about 15 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when little curls stick-out from the grains. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan or stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic, and saute until tender, about 3 minutes. Add celery and carrot, and saute until tender, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add bell pepper, tomatoes, kidney beans, chili powder, oregano and cumin, salt and pepper. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir-in quinoa and corn.
  4. Serve topped with diced avocado, tofu sour cream, cilantro (fresh coriander), and/or shredded cucumber, and with a side of corn chips or cornbread/corn muffins.
  5. To freeze chili, let chili cool completely and freeze in freezer-safe containers. To cook from frozen state, pop chili into an oven-safe casserole dish and COVER with a lid or aluminum foil before baking for 50 minutes at 375F/190C.
Recipe by Vegangela at