Slow Cooker Quinoa, Sweet Potato, Black Bean Chili

Slow Cooker Quinoa, Sweet Potato, Black Bean Chili

If you want a simple plant-based dinner option, this Quinoa, Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili is where it's at!
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Prep Cook Ready in Servings
15 min 8 h 8 h 15 min 6


1 medium pepper(s) Green bell pepper (diced)
1 medium Yellow onion (diced)
2 medium potato(es) Sweet potato (peeled, diced)
1 medium pepper(s) Jalapeno pepper (seeded, minced)
2 can(s) (13oz) Diced tomatoes, canned
2 can (15oz) Black beans, canned (drained, rinsed)
2 cup Vegetable stock/broth
1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
1 tbsp Chili powder
2 tbsp Cocoa powder, unsweetened
2 tsp Cumin
1/4 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 cup Quinoa, uncooked (rinsed well)
6 tsp Greek yogurt, plain, fat-free (for topping)
1/4 cup Cilantro (coriander) (chopped, for topping)
4 tbsp Green onion, scallion, ramp (for topping)


1. Prep your vegetables by dicing your green pepper, yellow onion, sweet potato and jalapeno pepper and add them to a 3-quart or larger slow cooker.

2. Then add your diced canned tomatoes and your canned black beans to the slow cooker. 

3. Add your vegetable stock and spices (cayenne pepper, chili powder, cocoa powder, cumin, paprika and salt) to the slow cooker. 


4. Add your dry quinoa to the slow cooker and close the lid. Set the slow cooker to cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 5-6 hours.

5, Serve with assorted toppings such as Greek yogurt, chopped cilantro or chopped green onions. Keeps refrigerated in an airtight container for about 3 days, or add to your freezer and store for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Per Portion

Calories 162
Calories from fat 12.1
Calories from saturated fat 8.8
Total Fat 1.3 g
Saturated Fat 1.0 g
Trans Fat 0
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.2 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.8 g
Cholesterol 0
Sodium 523 mg
Potassium 708 mg
Total Carbohydrate 32 g
Dietary Fiber 6.4 g
Sugars 3.6 g
Protein 5.4 g

Dietary servings

Per Portion

Grain 0.7
Meat Alternative 0.8
Vegetables 2.9

Energy sources



Quick Tips:

For a grain-free option omit the quinoa and add either chickpeas or kidney beans for extra protein.

To keep this dish Paleo & Whole30 omit the grains and beans and replace with extra vegetables and ground turkey or chicken.

Nutritional Highlights:


This dish makes the perfect meatless Monday option. Keeping it plant-based a few days of the week helps to reduce the environmental impact, and is great for your health.

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