Roasted Veggie Quinoa Chili

An Ayurvedic, vegan take on the traditional Mexican chili. Made with quinoa and roasted veggies, it’s easier to digest than the classical bean and meat version. I love it with avocado, cilantro, and chipotle sauce. It will satisfy all of your Mexican food cravings!

I love Mexican food, but I usually don’t order it at restaurants because of two reasons. The first one is that there are not many vegetarian options, and the second reason is that sometimes I find the food too spicy.

So that’s why I came out with an Ayurvedic version of Mexican chili, completely plant-based and gentle with our digestive system.

I love this dish because it’s both vegan and bean-free, while most of the vegetarian chilis are not. Sometimes beans are difficult to digest, especially for Vatas, so here I switch them for quinoa to increase the protein. The addition of cumin and smoked paprika give it that Mexican enchilada flavor without making it too spicy. Hence, it is a recipe perfect for Vata and Kaphas, since it’s warm and easy to digest.

And as it is not spicy, Pittas can also enjoy it occasionally. Just reduce or omit peppers, garlic, onion, and chili, and add more carrots, zucchini, spinach, and other Pitta pacifying veggies.

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Roasted Veggie Quinoa Chili


Serves 4

1 c quinoa

1 1/2 c water

1 c tomato sauce

1 medium zucchini, eggplant, red pepper, and onion

2 carrots

2 garlic cloves

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp cumin

1/8 tsp chili powder or cayenne pepper (optional)


1 avocado

Tortilla chips

Chipotle sauce

Sour cream, or yogurt (regular or vegan)

Fresh cilantro


  1. Preheat the oven at 180ºC (325 F).

  2. Cut all vegetables (except the garlic) in cubes and slice the onion.

  3. Arrange all the veggies in a baking tray and place it in the oven. Wrap the whole garlic cloves in foil and add them to the tray. Bake it for 30 minutes, or until tender, flipping the veggies halftime.

  4. In the meantime, wash and rinse the quinoa. Cover it with 1 1/2 water in a pan and bring it to a boil, until water is absorbed and it is fluffy and cooked.

  5. Transfer both the veggies and quinoa to a pan along with the tomato sauce, spices, and salt. Adjust seasonings to taste.

  6. Let it simmer until flavors are well combined.

  7. Serve it hot and garnished with tortilla chips, avocado, Chipotle sauce, fresh cilantro, and sour cream.


You can use any grain or vegetable of your choice. Just keep in mind that you might have to adjust the water and/or the cooking time.

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