Crock Pot Quinoa Vegetarian Chili

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A hearty Quinoa Vegetarian Chili cooked to perfection in the Crock Pot, this soup recipe just screams fall comfort food! | #freezerfriendly #easyrecipes

A hearty Quinoa Vegetarian Chili cooked to perfection in the Crock Pot, this soup recipe just screams fall comfort food!

So .. I kinda have this love hate relationship with social media outlets.

I love it from the standpoint of: its how I get to talk & keep up with you guys, its how I share all the yummy recipes I have, and its how I can check up with friends and family.

But hate it from the standpoint of… when I have those “not so good very bad days” I sit and scroll through instagram or facebook and do the “C” word.

Do you know what “C” word is?

A hearty Quinoa Vegetarian Chili cooked to perfection in the Crock Pot, this soup recipe just screams fall comfort food! | #freezerfriendly #easyrecipes

COMPARE.. that word. That dreaded word that does nothing but harm your mind.

Because, instead of checking up on friends or talking to ya’ll, I sit and wonder.

“Why don’t I run? I should run” “I should be eating healthier, I’m getting FAT.” “Their family looks so happy and they always do stuff.. why don’t we do stuff.” “I never go out on date night with my husband” “No one looks at my blog, and the brands don’t want to talk to me. Everyone else is doing so much better than me”

The list goes on and on.

A hearty Quinoa Vegetarian Chili cooked to perfection in the Crock Pot, this soup recipe just screams fall comfort food! | #freezerfriendly #easyrecipes

Do you guys do this, or am I alone?

The funny thing about facebook or instagram in particular is it kinda showcases the “good” of life, not the bad. Ya know? No one posts when they got in a horrible fight with their husband or their child has gone off the deep end or basically any of the things that are not going well in life. Its normally pictures of happy places, food, or going out with friends and family.

A hearty Quinoa Vegetarian Chili cooked to perfection in the Crock Pot, this soup recipe just screams fall comfort food! | #freezerfriendly #easyrecipes

So if your mind is drifting towards comparison, social media is not the place to be because it is not “real life”.. it is “internet life”.

Sorry just some thoughts that have been on my mind lately. 🙂

Something else that has been on my mind lately is this Crock Pot Quinoa Vegetarian Chili.

Fall is the perfect time of year for Chili. Now I am all about the meat in my chili, it adds so much beefy flavor to chili that really can’t be messed with. But today… I’m messing with it… in a good way!

A hearty Quinoa Vegetarian Chili cooked to perfection in the Crock Pot, this soup recipe just screams fall comfort food! | #freezerfriendly #easyrecipes

To me, the best kind of chili is the kind that cooks for hours and hours together in a crock pot or dutch oven so that all the flavors meld together into this one ultimate chili bowl. Normally when I make my chili it is a little broth-y, its just how I grew up eating it. But lately I have started to like the the thicker chilis, which is what todays recipe is.

This soup is loaded with vegetables and dry herbs, but when you put the quinoa in it acts as a sponge and soaks all the liquid up to form this perfect thick hearty chili that is super healthy for you but still hits the sweet spot in your tummy. Top it off with some fresh avocado, green onions, and cheese and you have heaven in a bite!

Bon Appetite!

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A hearty Quinoa Vegetarian Chili cooked to perfection in the Crock Pot, this soup recipe just screams fall comfort food! | #freezerfriendly #easyrecipes

Vegetarian Quinoa Chili

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 hours
  • Total Time: 5 hours 10 mins
  • Yield: 8-10 cups 1x
  • Category: Crock Pot, Vegetarian, Soup Recipes



  • 2 cups of frozen corn
  • 2 cups of carrots, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 large red pepper, diced
  • 1 chipotle pepper, minced {from a can of chipotle in adobe sauce}
  • 1 teaspoon of chipotle adobe sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of dry cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon of dry oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 28 oz. can of Muir Glen Crushed Tomatoes
  • 15 oz. can of diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 4 cups of vegetable stock
  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 15 oz. can of low sodium black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 15 oz. can of low sodium kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 15 oz. can of low sodium pinto beans, drained & rinsed

Toppings: {Optional}

  • green onions, diced
  • sour cream
  • avocado, diced
  • shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Add carrots, onions, corn red pepper, chipotle pepper, chipotle adobe sauce, cumin, cilantro, oregano, chili powder, crushed tomatoes, diced fire roasted tomatoes, lime juice, vegetable stock, and quinoa to crock pot.
  2. Stir and cook on HIGH for 4 hours.
  3. Then add black beans, kidney beans, and pinto beans to crock pot. Stir and cook for an addition hour on LOW.
  4. Serve with optional toppings of green onions, avocado, cheddar cheese, or sour cream.


  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 259
  • Sugar: 9 g
  • Sodium: 680 mg
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 51 g
  • Fiber: 11 g
  • Protein: 11 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 g

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  1. I totally get that — I wish I had way more time to squeeze in all of those cool, fun things… and working out… lol, but it’s just not happening. But I’m loving a good crock pot meal and love how easy and healthy this one is! Pinned 🙂

  2. H I love that someone else is willing to admit they compare everything! I am usually so hard on myself and so quick to be kind to others. This veggie chili looks amazing and the avocado topping makes me want to gobble up the entire bowl right now! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. I am the same way, I’ll make a deal with you. If you stop comparing yourself I will stop comparing myself. The truth is.. we are both stinking awesome and need to stop worrying what everyone else thinks! In the meantime, you need to make this chili, it is amazing and so comforting this time of year! 🙂

  3. I think that looks amazing, but I’d probably have a disgruntled husband if I served vegetarian chili! He’d say that isn’t right! Maybe if I added some meat to it but kept the rest the same it would go over?! I totally agree with you on the social media thing too, it’s not real life at all, but you sometimes forget that when you’re on there, looking at stuff and having maybe a not so great day. Hard sometimes to keep it in perspective! Thanks for a great recipe, hope you’re having a good day!

    1. haha… I thought I would too but he loved it! You could totally add chili to this one though and it would still be great if not better, I like meat too. hehe

      Definitely having a great day today!

  4. I totally hear you Krista! Every time I start to feel like that, I take a break. For an hour or 3 days, whatever I need. Then I miss blogging and want to go back. I have to step back and remember why I do this. Because I like it! Your blog is so great Krista, don’t let the C word get you down! PS I’m digging this chili.

  5. This post almost brought tears to my eyes, Krista! I know for a fact that you are not alone. I feel like we live in a world of comparisons, but not one person’s life is perfect and life isn’t always THAT good. I have to take a step back every once in a while and ignore all social media also, but do know that you are amazing and a true inspiration to me! You should be so proud and you should be proud of this chili too, because I just want to dive into a bowl of this! xoxo

    1. OH… thanks so much Justine. You are seriously so sweet and totally just made my day!

      Glad I am not alone.. social media can be a beast everyone once in a while and sometimes ya just need to step away! 🙂

      So glad you like the chili too sweet friend, hope you have an awesome week!

  6. Great idea to add quinoa to a chili!! I like your table, it makes pictures so much warmer. I just bought DSLR and I have to make some warm looking wooden oversized tray for my pictures. I’m subscribed, so keep churning amazing recipes:-)!!

    1. Thanks Don, it gives a nice hearty taste to the chili.

      So glad you like the table.. I actually have a secret. Its a laminate sheet not an actual table … haha… looks just as real though and super easy to clean up!

  7. Priya

    You are so right about social media where it is not real life. Sometimes very difficult to blend in even with friends. Perfect recipe for my family. Thanks!

    1. I know right. I usually have to set times and look when I know that mentally I’m ok with looking at social media otherwise my mind just starts into comparison mode!

      Hope you get a chance to make this chili, it rocks!

  8. Shelly

    i would like to know the Nutritional values for this recipe. I made it yesterday and LOVE IT! I track my calories, etc. Thanks!

    1. Hey Shelly, I just updated it on the bottom. There are 259 calories per serving, that is just the chili its not including if you add cheese avocado etc because I know not everybody does. 🙂

  9. […] 4. Crock-Pot vegetarian chili: Using a delayed cooker is one of a best ways to pull out a flavors of many opposite mixture simultaneously, that is because it’s such an ideal apparatus for creation any kind of chili. This recipe gets a protein boost from quinoa, that blogger Krista Rollins says “acts as a consume and soaks all a glass adult to form this perfect, thick, robust chili that is super-healthy… though still hits a honeyed spot.” […]

  10. Liz

    Do you know how to adjust the cook time if using quick-cook quinoa. Accidentally got the 10 minute quinoa. I was thinking of adding it at the same time as the beans?

      1. Mignon Baker

        This recipe sounds awesome, especially since I love Quinoa. My only question is – under nutrition is 51g of sugar correct for one serving?

  11. That looks great! I’m going to try it.Love the recipe
    Omg! Thank you SO much! I made this at home and it was delicious! A lot of other veg chili recipes seem very complicated. This one is easy peasy and SO worth it. It also was VERY inexpensive and will last a few days

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