Crock Pot Quinoa Vegetarian Chili

Blue circle with the letter VGrey circle with the letters GFA grey circle with KF
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

Save your favorite recipes to your own personal recipe box! Click the SAVE button in the recipe box below to create your own meal plans! Awesome-ness!

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

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

 More Easy Crock Pot Recipes

 Southwestern Corn & Potato Chowder {Dairy Free}

I'm not ashamed that I licked the bowl on this one! Crock Pot Southwestern Corn & Potato Chowder | #dairyfree

Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Lime Cabbage Coleslaw

Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork Sandwiches-6

Paleo Balsamic Braised Beef Short Ribs

Balsamic Short Ribs 1



Hey There

Related Posts

33 Responses
  1. sohani patel

    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

      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?

  2. 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?

  3. 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. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      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. 🙂

  4. 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. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

      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!

Leave a Reply

Recipe rating