Vegan Quinoa Chili Verde featuring tomatillos, poblanos, beans, sweet corn and mild spices is a nice change from the usual chili routine! It’s thick, hearty and an easy 1-pot meal ready in about 35 minutes.
Here I am again with more tasty inspiration for the Vegan Chili recipe collection (I just can’t help myself!). This quinoa chili recipe has been in the works for sometime and I’m finally getting around to sharing it.
Along with the quinoa, the poblano and tomatillos are the star of this hearty chili. Add to that protein rich beans and sweet corn, and this is an absolute gem of a recipe that’s hearty and brightly flavored!
So without further ado, I share with you another great vegan chili recipe!
Quinoa Chile Verde
This healthy quinoa chili is a one-pot wonder and will be ready in under an hour from start to finish. A few quick notes about the recipe:
- Tomatillos: The tomatillos are what brighten this chili with their citrus notes. They naturally have a sticky film on their skin so be sure to wash them well before prepping.
- Spices: 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.
- Add Tempeh: 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!).
- Corn: I also added corn which adds color and a nice sweetness. If fresh isn’t available, frozen or canned will work too.
- Beans: Use any mix you like. I would stick with any mix of cannellini, kidney, pinto or black.
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!
How To Make Quinoa Chili Verde
- Prep: 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.
- Saute: 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 remaining ingredients: Add tomatillos, poblanos, corn, beans, quinoa and vegetable broth.
- Boil and Simmer: Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 – 25 minutes. Remove from heat, uncover and let rest about 10 minutes before serving. Chili will thicken upon cooling.
- Taste for flavor: Taste for flavor, add more liquids as needed.
That’s it, now all you have to do is enjoy this delicious chili!
How Long Will Leftovers Keep?
Leftovers will keep for 5 – 6 days in the refrigerator, stored in a covered container. Re-warm on the stovetop or the microwave. It makes a great meal prep for the week with vegan cornbread on the side for dipping and soaking.
Can You Freeze Quinoa Chili Verde?
Yes, it freezes wonderfully for up to 2 months! My favorite ways to freeze this chili is in individual portion sizes using freezer safe containers. Then when I want to cozy up with a bowl of warm soup I can just pull it from the freezer and warm it up. You can also freeze larger portions in large ziplock bags or containers.
More Vegan Chili Recipes You’ll Love
- Sweet Potato & Quinoa Chili
- Easy Vegetable Chili
- The Ulimate Tempeh Chili
- See all vegan Chili recipes on TSV!
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QUINOA CHILI VERDE
Green is good! This vegan Quinoa Chili Verde is filled with tomatillos, poblanos and mildly spiced, and a nice change from the usual chili routine!
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 25 min
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: Serves 4 - 6
- Category: Entree
- Method: Simmer
- Cuisine: Vegan
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or 3 tablespoons water
- 1 large white onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 heaping teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 1b. tomatillos, diced or quartered or 1 can (15 oz) crushed
- 2 poblano or Anaheim peppers, deseeded and diced
- 1 cup corn (fresh off the cob, frozen or canned)
- 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 & pepper, to taste
- avocado, diced
- bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
- cashew sour cream
Saute: 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.
Simmer: Add tomatillos, poblanos, corn, beans, quinoa and vegetable broth, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 – 25 minutes. Remove from heat, uncover and let rest a few 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
Store: Leftovers can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 4 – 6 days. To keep longer, store in the freezer using freezer safe containers or baggies for up to 2 – 3 months.
Add in a package of organic tempeh for added hardiness. 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.
Slow-Cooker: 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.
UPDATED: This Quinoa Verde Chili was originally posted in January 2015, and has been updated with new photos and helpful tips in September 2019.