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Kitchen Sink Black Bean Chipotle Quinoa Chili

Author - Gena Hamshaw
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Yields: 8 servings (recipe can be halved)


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil you can sauté with a few tablespoons of water to make the recipe oil free
  • 1 white or yellow onion chopped
  • 1 poblano pepper chopped
  • 1 bell pepper any color you have, chopped
  • 10 ounces sliced mushrooms about 3 cups
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce minced (2 if you don't care for spicy food)
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed through a fine sieve
  • 3 cups cooked black beans or 2 cans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 28- ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes (or regular diced tomatoes)
  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth + 1 cup water
  • 1 large bunch curly kale thick stems removed and leaves chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Your favorite chili fixings some of my favorites are diced avocado, tortilla chips, vegan shredded cheese, or soy curl chick'n strips!


  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, peppers, and mushrooms. Saute the vegetables, stirring often, for 10 minutes, or until the mushrooms are tender and reduced in size and the onion is clear and soft. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for another minute; add a splash or two of water at any point if the vegetables are sticking.
  • Add the chipotle peppers, paprika, cumin, salt, quinoa, beans, tomatoes, broth, and water to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the kale to the pot (you may need to stir it in in batches). Re-cover the pot and cook for another 8 minutes, or until the kale is tender.
  • Add the lime juice. Taste the chili; adjust salt and extra lime juice to taste. Serve with any fixings you like!


Leftover chili will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. It can be frozen for up to 6 weeks.