This Instant Pot Vegetarian Quinoa Chili is a comfort food classic with a healthy plant-based twist! Recipe yields 12 cups of chili.
Add veggie broth and crushed tomatoes followed by lentils, quinoa, chili beans (pinto beans in chili sauce), black beans, onion, garlic, peppers, corn, and dried spices. Keep the ingredients layered and don't stir for best results.
To use a slow cooker, you'll want to decrease the broth in this recipe from 4 cups to 2 cups. AKA just use 2 cups of broth here and you're good to go! Add all ingredients to your slow cooker (minus your toppings) and walk away. It’s that easy! This recipe takes about 5-6 hours on high. You’ll basically want to let this one simmer away until the lentils, quinoa, and veggies are super tender.
The chili will thicken as it cools. For extra flavor you can even sauté the aromatic veggies before adding it to the slow cooker, but it’s not at all essential. As I mentioned above, adjust the thickness to your liking with extra crushed tomato or broth and season to taste based on any changes/additions. Pile on the toppings and get ready to faceplant into this ultra-comforting bowl-o-veggies!
* This recipe works best with red lentils as they cook fastest and require less liquid than brown/green. If cooking in the pressure cooker - use red.
To ensure all the goodness in this pot has enough liquid to cook, I've adjusted the broth to 1 quart (4 cups) at the suggestion of a few kind readers! The chili will thicken more as it cools.
Love beans? For an extra chunky chili, additional black beans or pinto beans can be added after the chili is done cooking! (Just not in the beginning because the pot is sensitive to being too full) Simply add in your favorites and then sprinkle in a bit more of the spices, to taste, to even things out. Easy peasy!
Nutrition Facts below estimated before toppings using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!
Recipe by Peas and Crayons - Instant Pot Vegetarian Quinoa Chili https://peasandcrayons.com/2017/10/instant-pot-vegetarian-quinoa-chili.html