Crock Pot Quinoa Vegetarian Chili

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Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 hrs
Total Time
5 hrs 10 mins

This Crock Pot Quinoa Vegetarian Chili is a hearty & delicious chili cooked to perfection in the crock pot. This savory soup is the perfect fall comfort food!

If you liked this chili recipe, you’ll absolutely love my Smoky Lentil Chili. I can’t get enough of either one!

Crock Pot Quinoa Vegetarian Chili

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?

Two bowls of Quinoa Vegetarian Chili topped with scallions, shredded cheese, sour cream, and sliced avocado

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.

Ingredients for Quinoa Vegetarian Chili

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.

Close up view of a bowl of Quinoa Vegetarian Chili topped with scallions, shredded cheese, sour cream, and sliced avocado

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!

Top view of Quinoa Vegetarian Chili in a bowl topped with scallions, shredded cheese, sour cream, and sliced avocado

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!

Crock Pot Quinoa Vegetarian Chili in a bowl topped with shredded cheese, sour cream, sliced avocado and scallions

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Crock Pot Quinoa Vegetarian Chili

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 5 hours
  • total_time Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
  • yield Yield: 8-10 cups 1x
  • category Category: Main Dish
  • method Method: Crock Pot
  • cuisine Cuisine: American


This Crock Pot Quinoa Vegetarian Chili is a hearty & delicious chili cooked to perfection in the crock pot. This savory soup is the perfect fall comfort food!



  • 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

Keywords: crock pot chili recipe, chili recipe vegetarian, easy chili vegetarian, slow cooker chili, quinoa chili, slow cooker chili recipe, slow cooker chili, vegetarian chili

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    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      Hey Jessica! I’m pretty sure it will fit in there, it might be close but you’ll be ok. Can’t wait to hear what you think girl!

  1. Don @

    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. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      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!

  2. Justine@CookingandBeer

    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. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      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!

  3. Karen @ The Food Charlatan

    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.

    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      Agreed! I just had to stop looking for the rest of the and was fine! 🙂

      Thanks so much for the encouragement sweet friend, totally a booster for today!

  4. Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files

    Oh girl. I am glad I am not the only one. Props to you for bringing it to the forefront and reminding me to be happy with my life!
    And this chili? Ah-mazing. I have been wanting to do a crock pot quinoa dish so this is perfect!

  5. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    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. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      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!

  6. Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    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. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      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! 🙂

  7. Mike @TheIronYou

    What a great recipe for a wholesome vegetarian chili Krista, I’ve never try quinoa in a chili. Now I want to, asap! 🙂

  8. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    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 🙂

    1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      haha.. I know! Life is busy and its hard to fit all the good stuff in! Luckily there is always time for good food! Thanks for the pin girl!

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