Lentil Chili with Quinoa

Lentil chili with quinoa is a delicious, healthy chili recipe! This a healthy version of a fall favorite! Lentils and quinoa provide a lot of protein and nutrients. This is a very easy chili recipe to make and you will have plenty of leftovers too!

Ingredients: Use organic whenever possible!

  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 ribs celery, sliced
  • 2 cups lentils (green or red, or combination of both)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (no-salt added)
  • 1 small can of tomato paste (optional- but not needed if using packet of chili seasoning)
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth (or water)
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder, 2 tbsp. cumin, 1 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1 tsp. sea salt (or 1 package of chili seasoning)
  • Green onions chopped for garnish
  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked


  1. Prepare quinoa. Boil 2 cups quinoa with 4 cups water for about 15 min. with lid on.
  2. Wash the celery thoroughly. Chop celery, onion, and garlic.
  3. Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add celery, onion, and garlic. Stirring until soft, about 3 min.
  4. Add chili powder, cayenne, salt, & cumin. Stir in lentils. Saute on medium-low until slightly soft, but not overcooked.
  5. Add tomato paste and water (or stock). Stir until paste is dissolved. Then, stir in the diced tomatoes.
  6. Bring to a boil for a couple of min. Then, reduce heat to low & simmer for about 20 min.
  7. Fill a bowl with approximately 1 cup of quinoa. Spoon (or ladle) lentil chili into bowls, top with diced green onions and serve.
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Wash celery. Chop celery, onions, and garlic.

Lightly saute celery, onions, & garlic in coconut oil over medium-low heat, stirring until soft.

Stir in seasonings and lentils.

Stir in tomato paste (if not using chili seasoning packet).

Pour in broth or water and bring to a boil, then quickly reduce heat to low and simmer.

Fill a bowl with 1/2 to 1 cup of cooked quinoa.

Top with chopped green onions and serve!

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This a hearty, fall chili recipe! It's a perfect meal to warm you up on those cool autumn nights!

You might also like this veggie chili recipe with 3 beans!

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