There is just something about rainy, melancholy days that leave me hankering for comfort food. Today has been one of those days. It seems that storm after storm has been passing through the region. The rain put a damper on our desire to BBQ this evening, so rather I decided to snag the opportunity and whip up a chili for dinner.

Chili is a favourite around our household. Truth be told – each time I make chili, I always make it a touch differently than I would have the last time. It keeps it interesting, and our the unique twists always seem to satisfy our hunger.

Today I decided to take a stab at a quinoa based chili. While I had my doubts about this dish turning out, I have to say I was quite pleased with the outcome. This is one chili that I could have easily gone back for a second and third serving. It was that good! Even my picky husband agreed. Now that says a lot!

This dish is one that could also easily be turned into a soup (modifications noted below).

Quinoa Chili

Slow Cooker Mexican Fiesta Chicken Quinoa Chili

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 28oz can diced tomatoes
  • 14 oz can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 cups frozen kernel corn
  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 900ml vegetable broth
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1.5 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1.5 tsp onion powder
  • 1.5 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1.5 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • Pinch of salt and black pepper (to taste)


  1. Place Quinoa at bottom of slow cooker. Add diced tomatoes, garlic, spices, beans, corn, and vegetable broth. Give the mixture a good stir.
  2. Top with chicken. Cook on low 6-7 hours.
  3. Prior to serving, remove chicken from slow cooker and shred. Return to slow cooker and mix well.
  4. Serve.


In the mood for a soup? This dish can easily become a soup. Simply adjust the amount of quinoa you add to the crock pot to 1/3 cup as opposed to 1 cup.

Love the sound of this recipe? You may also like some of our other archived chili recipes:

Taco Soup (Tex Mex Chili)
Beef & 3 Bean Chili
Chicken Beer Chili
Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili


3 Comments on Slow Cooker Mexican Fiesta Chicken Quinoa Chili

  1. Jaymi
    August 6, 2014 at 8:26 am (3 years ago)

    Wow! This looks delicious, Im definitely going to try it

  2. Tracey
    August 6, 2014 at 8:54 am (3 years ago)

    Do you put the quinoa in uncooked?

    • Nicole
      August 6, 2014 at 9:04 am (3 years ago)

      I do.


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