Vegan Quinoa Chili Verde features tomatillos, poblanos and mild spices is a nice change from the usual chili routine! It’a an easy 1 pot meal and ready in about 45 minutes.
Here I am again with another recipe for the Soups, Stews & Chilis collection (I just can’t help myself!). This quinoa chili recipe has been in the works since December and I’m finally getting around to adding it to the collection.
The poblanos and tomatillos have been sitting in my refrigerator long enough. So without further ado, I share with you a recipe for Quinoa Chili Verde. It’s a hearty and brightly flavored chili.
Quinoa Chile Verde
- The tomatillos are what brighten this chili with their citrus notes.
- I’ve added just enough herbs and spices to be noticed, I didn’t want to overpower it, but you can add more if you like. I used a flavorful vegetable broth so if using water you’ll most likely want to up the amounts to suit your taste.
- My first attempt at this I added tempeh but for this recipe I’ve left it out. It wouldn’t hurt to add a package when combining everything while crumbling it between your fingers. Tempeh will make it that much heartier (and its an excellent soy product for most!).
- I also added some corn which adds color and a nice sweetness. If you fresh isn’t available, frozen will work too.
- For the beans, you can use any mix. I would stick with any mix of cannellini, kidney, pinto or black.
This chili is a one pot wonder and will be ready in under an hour from start to finish. You can be sure this green quinoa chili is going to be a nice departure from the usual chili routine. Round up your ingredients and give it a try!
I know tomatillos and poblanos are in season and abundant during the summer months, but here in California we have them year round tempting me every time I see them to take them home and make something wonderful.
Corn is the only ingredient in the recipe that isn’t fresh year round so I used 1 cup frozen.
Hopefully you can find all the produce in the winter months with ease or you’ll have to wait for the warmer season.
The only thing you have to chop and dice are the onion, peppers and tomatillos. I left my tomatillos on the chunky side, they will soften and fall apart, but you can dice them up as small as you like.
Get ready, gather your ingredients and start cooking!
MORE VEGAN CHILI INSPIRATION
Chili makes a great hearty meal any day of the week and comes together fast on the stovetop, or can be cooked slowly using a crockpot, allowing you to set it and forget it. Take a look at these other easy vegan chili recipes, you just may find a new favorite for the meal rotation!
- Sweet Potato & Quinoa Chili
- Easy Vegetable Chili
- The Ulimate Tempeh Chili
- See all vegan Chili recipes on TSV!
QUINOA CHILI VERDE
Green is good! This Quinoa Chili Verde is filled with tomatillos, poblanos and mildly spiced, a nice change from the usual chili routine!
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 35 min
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: Serves 4 - 6
- Category: Entree
- Cuisine: Vegan
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or 3 tablespoons water
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 heaping teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 12 oz tomatillos, diced or quartered or 1 can (15 oz) crushed
- 2 poblano or Anaheim peppers, deseeded and diced
- 1 corn off the cob or 1 cup frozen or canned sweet corn
- 1 can (15 oz) cannellini beans or pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup dry quinoa
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- salt to taste
In a large pot or dutch oven, heat oil/water over medium heat and saute onions until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic powder, oregano, cumin and chili powder, cook for 1 minute more stirring frequently, or just until spices and herbs become fragrant. Add tomatillos, poblanos, corn, beans, quinoa and vegetable broth, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat, uncover and let rest about 10 minutes before serving.
Serve in individual bowls topped with garnish of choice. Pairs well with cornbread too, either on the side or broken up in your chili!
Serves 4 – 6.
Add in a package of organic tempeh for added hardiness. This Three Grain Tempeh is my favorite flavor wise.
You can rinse your quinoa if you like. I honestly usually skip this step but if you prefer you can run the quinoa under cool running water using a fine mesh sieve.
Adjust the spices to your taste. If using broth you may like it as is, if using water you may like to add more.
This can also be made in the crock pot/slow cooker, add all the ingredients, cover with the vegetable broth and cook on medium or medium-low for 4 hours.