RecipeBean and Quinoa Vegan Chili

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 305
  • Protein: 14g
  • Total Fat: 4g
    • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 56g
  • Dietary Fiber: 13g
    • Natural Sugar: 10g
    • Added Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 800mg

Vegans (and beef buffs) rejoice! You won’t even miss the meat in this delicious chili. Abigail Widynski submitted this gem for the Too Good to Be Healthy cook-off on the TODAY Show, and it was a huge hit with the hosts. Give it shot on a Meatless Monday…or any day of the week, really.

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This recipe makes 6 Servings
  • 1 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • ½ cup julienned red pepper
  • ½ cup julienned carrots
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
  • 32 ounces low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano
  • 1 can (16 ounces) light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (16 ounces) garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup red quinoa, rinsed and uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cacao powder
  • Pinch of baking soda
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced (optional)
  • Nonfat plain Greek yogurt (optional)

Spray a large nonstick sauce pan with nonstick oil spray and warm over high heat. Sauté onion, pepper, carrots and garlic until onions become translucent. Reduce heat to medium.

Slowly add vegetable broth, tomatoes, beans and quinoa. Stir mixture and add chili powder, mustard, cocoa powder and baking soda.

Stir and simmer 25 minutes, covered, until quinoa has finished cooking, when the germ separates from the kernel.

Ladle into bowls. Add a slice of avocado and a dollop of Greek yogurt, if desired.