One-pot Quinoa Chilli recipe

I love these type of one-pot dishes with a satisfying mix of tender beans, grains, vegetables and lots of FLAVOR.

This recipe is also packed full of plantbased protein from the beans, lentil and quinoa and it will definitely fill you up (but not in any uncomfortable way). This is just a winner in my book, and it’s definitely my new favourite dinner recipe!

As always you might find that I go a bit heavy on the amount of spices, but I highly encourage you to invest in the listed spices, because they really make this recipe 😉

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  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 90 g red split lentils
  • 90 g quinoa (uncooked)
  • 1 can of beans (I like black or kidney beans)
  • 680g tomato passata (or roughly 2 cans chopped tomatoes)
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 red bellpepper
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 1 large handful of fresh parsley
  • 600 ml water

Spice mix:

  • 1 tsp cinnamon (trust me on this!)
  • 2-4 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp dried herbs
  • Cayenne for heat (go by taste)
  • 1 bayleaf (optional)

Mix spices in a small bowl:


Chop up all your veggies into small chunks.

Add onion and garlic to a pot over medium heat – sauté for a few minutes. Then add 300 ml water and (rinsed) lentils. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.


When the lentils are tender add spices, tomatosauce, (drained) beans, carrot, bellpepper, (rinsed) quinoa and another 300 ml water. Bring to a simmer and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.

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After 20 minutes add in the zucchini and chopped parsley. I add in the zucchini and turn off the heat, because the zucchini cooks really quickly from the heat and I don’t want it to get mushy.

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Now ideally you would want to cover the pot with a lid, and allow it to sit for a few hours. This will really help bring out the flavors, but you can also just go ahead and eat it right away 😉

After a few hours it get’s a little more ‘fluffy’ and ‘chunky’, which I really like:


Now all that’s left to do is serve! I simply like to serve with a few cubes of creamy avocado and chopped parsley on top. As I said, it’s super satisfying and you won’t really miss any side dish.

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– Sophie

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