Vegan Pumpkin-Quinoa Black Bean Chili

This pumpkin-y chili is a comforting fall treat! Ready in under 30 minutes, this protein-packed chili is great for meal-prep or a quick weeknight meal.

I created this chili when I had a pumpkin muffin craving and only a 25 ounce can of pumpkin. Since I do not like to waste and I couldn’t think of a good reason to have 2 dozen pumpkin muffins in my kitchen, I decided that I needed to do something healthy with the rest of that pumpkin!

Pumpkin Quinoa Black Bean Chili was born! Or cooked.

Since I always make quinoa in the instant pot each Sunday, this chili came together in no time.

This is a great Sunday meal prep recipe, too!

I hope you love this chili as much as I do. Let me know in the comments! And tag me on Instagram, too!

Pumpkin Quinoa Black Bean Chili

This hearty, comforting, pumpkin-y chili is ready in under 30 minutes!
Servings 4


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (or water for oil-free)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 4 oz can green chilis
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes (fire roasted)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • salt and pepper


  • cilantro
  • 1 small bunch scallions, thinly sliced


  • Heat oil or water in a large pot over medium hear.
  • Add onions and pepper and cook 5 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic, green chilis. Cook one minute more.
  • Add spices. Stir to coat vegetables.
  • Add pumpkin, tomatoes and water. Stir to incorporate. Bring to boil and cook about 5 minutes.
  • Turn heat down to simmer and add beans and quinoa. Cook for about 2-3 minutes until beans are heated through.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Garnish with cilantro and scallions. (See note to raise the level of heat)


  • Add more chili powder, chipotle powder for desired heat. This is a mild chili as written. Add heat as desired.

4 thoughts on “Vegan Pumpkin-Quinoa Black Bean Chili

  1. What a delicious recipe! Love the use of all those lovely spices that are so aromatic. I love anything quinoa so this recipe is perfect for me!

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