Easy Black Bean Quinoa Chili (Crock-Pot)

Quinoa. The name itself scares people away. If you don’t know how to say it it’s Keen-Wa.

Quinoa is as easy to make as basic white rice. 1 cup Quinoa, 2 Cups water; boil, cover, simmer for 20 minutes. Voilà. 

More about that later…. This recipe is basic but is punched with excellent flavors, proteins & vitamins. It is also strictly vegan.


  • 4 Cans black beans
  • 2 cans crushed or chopped tomatoes
  • 5-6 potatoes
  • 1/2 bag of baby carrots
  • Olive oil
  • Chili powder
  • Cilantro
  • Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Sea Salt
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa

Get out your crock pot and let the fun begin!!

Add chopped potatoes and oil:

Next to add canned tomatoes:

Strain rinse and add canned black beans:

Add salt chili powder, paprika and cilantro ( I estimate that I use about 1/4 cup salt 3/4 Cup, chili powder 1/4 cup cilantro & 3 tablespoons paprika)

Cut up and add baby carrots:

Stir with wooden spoon:

Cover with lid; cook on high. 


Meanwhile in a saucepan prepare your Quinoa: rinse 1 cup quinoa, then add 2 cups of water,bring to a boil on high:

When it starts to boil add chili powder cilantro and cumin. Stir & cover turn down to low to simmer for 20 minutes:

After 20 minutes remove lid and your quinoa should look like this:

Fluff as you would do rice, and take off burner:

Check your chili turn down to low and stir; at this point your kitchen should be smelling amazing! 

Take a test of your chili see if it needs any more salt or spices. Cover and cook for approximately 1. 5 to 2 hours.

 I personally keep it cooking on low all day until I’m ready to serve dinner!

Continue cooking until potatoes are soft; chili is hot and ready. Next add quinoa to chili in crock pot, stir and you are ready to serve! 

Garnish with your favorite toppings such as vegan sour cream, vegan cheese, lettuce & avocados. Shown here with tofutti Better than sour cream…

Serve alongside with Tortilla chips and Voilà you have an amazing Fast and Easy Black Bean Quinoa Chili! 

The perfect meal for a cold fall or winter day! 

SPECIAL NOTE to PARENTS & CHEF: parents/chef: don’t make an announcement that there’s quinoa in this chili if you want your family to eat it!

 Just make it serve; and they will eat it!! I can almost guarantee that if you say that you’re making quinoa chili they will say they don’t like it and they will have a harder time trying it than if you just make it slap some sour cream on there and give it to them!


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