Black Bean Quinoa Chili
Black Bean Quinoa Chili w/ Cocoa
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Black Bean Quinoa Chili w/ Cocoa - packed with protein and healthy veggies, this vegetarian chili is hearty and satisfying! The cocoa powder adds an incredible depth of flavor - but, don't worry - it won't taste chocolatey. Easy enough for a weeknight meal, delicious enough to serve to a crowd!
Course: Chili, Entree
Cuisine: dairy free, egg free, gluten free, refined sugar free, soy free, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 198 kcal
Author: Jenn Sebestyen
Toppings, optional
  • Lime wedges
  • vegan sour cream
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Tortilla chips (not optional in my opinion!)
  1. In a soup pot on the stove, sautée the onion and green pepper in 3 tbsp of water for about 6-7 minutes until softened. Add additional water 1 tbsp at a time, as needed, so the vegetables don't stick.
  2. Add the shredded carrots, cocoa powder, and all spices (chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, oregano, allspice, salt, and liquid smoke) and mix well. Sautée another 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the black beans, diced tomatoes, quinoa, and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes until quinoa is cooked.
  4. Uncover, add corn, and simmer another 5-10 minutes.
  5. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

If you like your chili soupier, feel free to add an additional cup or two of vegetable broth.

Nutrition facts calculate without toppings.

Nutrition Facts
Black Bean Quinoa Chili w/ Cocoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 567mg 24%
Potassium 778mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 7g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 104%
Vitamin C 52%
Calcium 6%
Iron 24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.