lentil quinoa chili
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Lentil Quinoa Chili

Lentil quinoa chili is delicious and nutritious. The best part is you will likely have left overs and it is even better the next day! I love when that happens. I top off this dish with a dollop of lime cilantro Greek yogurt. This adds a little zing and cools the heat from the chili.
Course: Main Course, Meal, Plant-based, Soup
Keyword: meal


  • 1 cup sweet onion diced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium red bell pepper diced
  • 1 medium orange bell pepper diced
  • 1-2 jalapeno seeded and diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 cup corn frozen or fresh
  • 1 15 ounce can white kidney beans drained
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans drained
  • 1 cup dried red lentils rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth if you prefer
  • 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup quinoa dried
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup cilantro fresh, coursely chopped
  • 1/2 avocado sliced

Lime Cilantro Greek Yogurt

  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt plain, such as Fage or Sigi's Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1-2 Tbsp lime juice fresh squeezed


  • Using a large pot, place on medium heat and add olive oil
  • Add onions and saute for 3-5 minutes. Add garlic, bell pepper, and jalapenos. Cook about 3-5 minutes or until the peppers are tender.
  • Add vegetable broth, corn, beans, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and smoked paprika. Allow mixture to come to a boil (adjust heat as needed) and add lentils.
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low, cover with lid, and allow lentil chili to cook for 25-30 minutes.
  • While the chili is cooking, cook the quinoa per the instructions on the package. Usually it is one cup of quinoa to 2 cups of liquid. I like to use veggie broth. You can use water or chicken broth. If using water, season it with a little salt to flavor the quinoa. Cook per instructions and set aside while chili cooks. The quinoa and chili should finish around the same time.
  • For the Greek Yogurt: Simply mix the yogurt, chopped cilantro, and lime.
  • Scoop about 1/4-1/2 cup of quinoa into a bowl and spoon lentil chili over top. Add a dollop of lime cilantro yogurt. Enjoy!!