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Lentil & Quinoa Chili {vegan & gluten free}

A delicious vegetarian quinoa chili packed with lentils, veggies, and spices. You'll love how incredibly flavorful and hearty it is, plus it's vegan and gluten free.

Course Chili, Dinner, Soup
Keyword quinoa chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 7
Calories 303 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 pounds fresh tomatoes, finely chopped (you can use canned tomatoes)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3-4 teaspoons chili powder, depending on how spicy you like it
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • freshly ground salt and pepper
  • 3 cups vegetarian broth, plus more if necessary
  • 1 cup green lentils, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 - 15 oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 - 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped plus more for garnish
  • Avocado for topping, if desired


  1. Heat olive oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add garlic and cook for a minute or until fragrant and slightly golden. Add onion and red pepper and cook for 3-5 minutes or until onion is translucent. 

  2. Add in tomatoes, cumin, chili, cinnamon, curry powder, broth, salt and pepper; bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 6-8 minutes or until tomatoes begin to break down.

  3. Add broth, quinoa, and lentils; bring back to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 30-40 minutes or until lentils are tender and quinoa has expanded.
  4. Stir in black beans, kidney beans, and cilantro. You can add a bit more broth if you feel you do not have enough, either way chili will continue to thicken. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Simmer a few minutes more. Serves 7; about 1 cup each. Top with avocado if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Lentil & Quinoa Chili {vegan & gluten free}
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 303 Calories from Fat 25
% Daily Value*
Fat 2.8g4%
Carbohydrates 53.4g18%
Fiber 17g71%
Sugar 6.3g7%
Protein 18.3g37%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.