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Quinoa Chili

Quinoa Chili made in one pot on the stovetop in 30 minutes or less! This easy dinner recipe is packed with good-for-you ingredients and delicious seasonings. You won't miss the meat in this vegetarian dinner.
Course Dinner, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword quinoa chili
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 - 8 servings
Calories 236kcal
Cost $5.84


  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups peeled and chopped sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 cup white quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken stock (can use broth) (use vegetarian stock/broth to keep this vegetarian)
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) chili beans in mild sauce
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) petite diced tomatoes
  • Optional toppings: fresh lime juice, chopped cilantro, sour cream, cheddar cheese


  • Heat olive oil in a large cast-iron pot over medium-high heat. Once shimmering, add in the (peeled and chopped) sweet potatoes.
  • Cook until quite tender, around 7-9 minutes. Add in the chili powder, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir for 1 minute or until fragrant.
  • Thoroughly rinse the quinoa. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the quinoa to the hot skillet, stirring constantly for 30 seconds.
  • Return to the heat and add in the stock/broth, the frozen corn, undrained chili beans, black beans and undrained diced tomatoes.
  • Stir everything well and bring to a boil. Once it is boiling, reduce the heat to medium low and cover the pot.
  • Allow to simmer for 20-25 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. The time will vary, depending on the heat of your stove. For best results, check it every 3-5 minutes and give it a good stir at each check to avoid burning or sticking to the bottom.
  • Once the liquid is mostly absorbed, remove from the heat. Season to taste with any additional salt/pepper as needed. I like to add a few tablespoons of lime juice here.
  • Add your favorite toppings to individual bowls. We top ours with a good handful of freshly grated sharp Cheddar cheese, another squeeze of lime, a good dollop of sour cream and some chopped cilantro. Don't forget the toppings; they add a lot!


Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 456mg | Potassium: 506mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 6720IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg