Pumpkin goes well beyond pie and lattes--add it to your chili in this easy Pumpkin Quinoa Chili! So simple and packed with veggies, beans and just the right amount of spice. This pumpkin chili recipe is full of protein and a perfect cozy meal for fall!
Nothing warms the body like a good bowl of chili and this pumpkin chili recipe will do just that! It is so simple and quite honestly, easy to modify to add meat or other ingredients for the meat lovers of your house!
Quinoa, black beans, and kidney beans pack this recipe with lots of protein as well as fiber. If you are looking for a way to add quinoa to your diet but keep shying away, start here.
Why You Will Love This Pumpkin Quinoa Chili:
- Its super veggie packed.
- You can whip it up in just 30 minutes.
- Perfect for the freezer!
- A great source of fiber and protein.
Vegetarian chilis like this one can still be so hearty and delicious. If you want to try more, check out this Crock Pot Sweet Potato Chili, Butternut Squash Chili or Lentil Chili.
- broth: veggie broth to keep this recipe vegan and vegetarian. If that doesn't matter to you, chicken broth works great as well.
- pumpkin purée: one can of pumpkin--NOT pumpkin pie filling. Make sure to double check or your chili is going to be super sweet.
- quinoa: use uncooked quinoa for this chili recipe. The quinoa cooks and absorbs the broth as it cooks to thicken up the chili. If you have quinoa that is already cooked, you can save time by tossing it in and omitting the broth until the end and adding until chili has desired consistency.
- onion: I prefer red onion, but yellow or white is great as well.
- bell pepper: I use red for this recipe, but you can use green or another color.
- beans: I use a combination of black beans and kidney beans in this pumpkin chili. You can add your favorite combo. Pinto beans are great as well.
- garlic: all the garlic for me, please and thanks. You can use garlic powder instead if you don't have fresh garlic. Start with a teaspoon and adjust to taste.
- diced tomatoes: canned tomatoes in juices. I like to use the fire roasted or regular. Typically I will go for no salt added so I can have full control of the saltiness of my chili.
- zucchini: very small diced. You can use green bell pepper instead for a green veggie.
- tomato paste: this helps thicken up the chili, you can adjust as desired.
- green chile: you can use a jalapeño for more of a kick. I like to chop of a green chile pepper but sometimes I toss in a can of diced green chiles instead. Whatever you prefer.
- spices: a combination of cumin, smoked paprika and chili powder with a hint of cinnamon to really make the pumpkin flavor pop.
- Make sure to rinse your quinoa well before using. While most quinoa is pre-rinsed before packaging, it helps to rinse it well before using. If not, it can have a bitter or even soap like taste which you do not want in your chili or any quinoa recipe. Better to do so and be safe. This only accounts for uncooked quinoa.
- You can make this pumpkin quinoa chili in the slow cooker as well! Just dump all the ingredients except the tomato paste into a slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high 4-6 hours. Thicken with tomato paste before serving.
Other Soup and Chili Recipes:
- Tomato Tortellini Soup
- Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Black Bean and Rice Soup
- Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
- Chunky Italian Vegetable Soup
- Slow Cooker Sriracha Lime White Chicken Chili
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Pumpkin Quinoa Chili
- 1 T olive oil
- 1 red bell pepper diced
- ½ red onion diced
- 1 green chile diced (or can)
- 1 can or 2 cups black beans rinsed
- 1 can or 2 cups kidney beans rinsed
- 1 can or 2 cups pumpkin puree
- ¾ cup quinoa uncooked
- 2-3 cups vegetable broth or stock depending on desired thickness
- 3-4 garlic cloves minced
- 2 cans diced tomatoes
- 1 zucchini chopped
- 1 ½ T chili powder
- 1 T cumin
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- Dash of cinnamon
- Dash of crushed pepper optional
- Sea salt and crushed pepper to taste
- ⅓ cup tomato paste
- In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-high.
- Add onion and pepper and cook until onions become translucent.
- Add all other ingredients except the tomato paste and stir to combine.
- Bring to a soft boil stirring occasionally.
- Lower to medium low heat and stir occasionally for about 15-20 minutes, until quinoa is fully cooked. Add in tomato paste to desired chili thickness.
- Lower to low heat and allow to simmer until ready to serve.
- Garnish with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
I did not drain the cans of tomatoes.
If you prefer more spice, use a jalapeño instead of a chile pepper.
We love the quinoa addition in here! So good!
It really thickens it up right?!
Stephanie McKercher says
Love this savory pumpkin recipe! I'm so ready for chili and all the fall foods. Hope you had a wonderful birthday!
Thanks so much Stephanie!
This looks so amazing! I love adding pumpkin to stews, can't wait to give this recipe a try!!
Pumpkin doesn't have to just be in sweet recipes, love the savory as well!
Abbey Sharp says
What a great way to use pumpkin! I know what I'm making for our next chili night! Thanks for sharing
Gotta love chili season!!
Emily Kyle says
I literally drooled when I saw these photos, and let me be the first to say, it tastes even better than it looks if that is possible! So good!
Yess! I love to hear this Emily!
Liz Shaw says
I didn't know chili could make me feel so emotional. I'm inspired by you and this recipe! Brb going to put pumpkin in my chili, now 🙂
Ha, it's the coziest comfort food of all in my opinion! Enjoy!
This chill is my new favorite way to get in all my veggies for the day! SO tasty and filling!
Yes! So glad to hear this Meme!
Tawnie Kroll says
This was amazing and my boyfriend loved it too - thank you!
When the bf likes it, its a huge win!
This is SO good, loved the quinoa addition!
The quinoa really thickens it up and I love a good thick chili!