Black Bean and Quinoa Slow Cooker Chili

I feel like you generally think of slow cooker recipes as being a cold weather thing. But personally, I try to do everything I can to avoid cranking up the oven on a hot day. Our poor little A/C window unit works hard enough that I feel bad turning on the oven. But since we can’t live on just salads (I mean, I probably could but Alex might divorce me) so I’ve found that the slow cooker is the perfect way to make a hot meal without turning the oven on.

There are a few things that I require in order to make a slow cooker recipe:

  •    It has to be able to cook for 9+ hours (hello, I can’t come home in the middle of the day to turn it off)
  •    It all has to cook in the slow cooker. (None of this, cook it over the stove and transfer it into the slow cooker stuff)
  •    It has to use simple ingredients I’m already buying. (If I have to take a trip to the grocery store, it’s no longer a convenient recipe.)

Luckily, this recipe hits all of those requirements. I’m guessing you’ll have all of these things in your pantry as well, since it doesn’t really require a lot of fresh ingredients. Sometimes canned goods need a little love, too.

black bean and quinoa slow cooker chili

5.0 from 1 reviews

Black Bean and Quinoa Slow Cooker Chili
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 8
  • 4 cups of vegetable broth
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • 1 15oz can black beans
  • 1 15oz can red kidney beans
  • 2 15oz cans fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp cayanne
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Fresh cilantro for topping (optional)
  • Cheddar cheese for topping (optional)
  1. Add everything into a large slow cooker, except the cilantro and cheese, and stir.
  2. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  3. Serve with fresh cilantro, cheddar cheese, or even a dolop of Greek yogurt!

black bean slow cooker chili

I should mention, this recipe is that it made a LOT. You could easily serve 6 or 8 people. That meant a lot of leftovers for Alex and I but luckily this stuff reheats perfectly. It’s also pretty cheap to make so it meant we saved money on dinner and lunch at work. Winning all around.


This weekend was awesome but definitely a busy one. We had a little date night on Friday which included dinner and a movie… and a trip to Lowes. No Friday night is complete without a trip to the hardware store! We stripped the wallpaper out of the linen closet which was very much a team effort. I have no idea how people do that on an entire room. I also helped my very dear friend unpack after her move to Virginia Beach! All the driving was worth it to catch up with her and her family for a few hours. And Sunday, we spent the morning reading the paper before taking a trip to Southern Season for the first time. That place is magical. They have every specialty ingredient you could imagine! It was such a fun weekend, which sets the tone for a great week!

What’s your favorite slow cooker recipe?

I’m linking up with Katie on this Marvelous Monday!

My Sugar Free Detox Recap

sugar free detox

We did it! Alex and I stuck with our sugar free experiment for 4 weeks! If you missed the catalyst for all this, we watched Fed Up, a documentary about the food system and the insane amount of sugar we eat. The move recommended taking a "10 day … [Continue reading]

Summer Meals

blue diamond almonds

So Alex and I are done with our sugar detox and I'll give you a whole recap of our experience on Friday but for now, I want to share some of our recent meals! I feel like the summer is flying by and it's been pretty action packed, but I wish things … [Continue reading]

Weekend Adventures


I haven't done much of a "life catch up" on here in awhile so I thought I'd show you what we were up to this weekend! Friday night, we went to Christina's birthday party where I'm pretty sure I saw half of Richmond. (Including fellow blogger … [Continue reading]

FitBit Charge HR: Pros & Cons

Pros and cons of a FitBit Charge HR

I got a FitBit a few months ago and I love it. (Ok, Alex would probably say I'm a little obsessed with it.) I'm kind of a nerd when it comes to tracking and quantifying health related things, so it's not too surprising that I fell in love with it … [Continue reading]

(Mostly) Sugar Free Meals (Week 4)

easy homemade larabars

After a few weeks of no sugar (except for the occasional piece of fruit) I'd say we've started sort of adding sugar back in. Still just in the form of fruit, but there's a little more fruit going on now. The crazy thing is, I swear grapes tasted … [Continue reading]

Fruity Chia Smoothie

healthy smoothie with chia seeds

This fruity chia seed smoothie is packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats! Although it has no added sugar, it still tastes like a sweet treat! Since Alex and I are on this no-added-sugar kick, fruit has been the only source of sweetness we've … [Continue reading]

Sugar Free Chocolate Truffles

i quit sugar recipe ideas

We've been "sugar free" for a few weeks now and my sugar cravings have subsided a lot but every once in awhile, I just want some chocolate. So after being inspired by  this recipe from the I Quit Sugar website, I decided to make my own version. … [Continue reading]

Sugar Free Meals (Week 3)

breakfast greek yogurt and berries

We’re wrapping up our third week of a sugar-free “detox” which basically means we’re avoiding any added sugar and cutting back on our fruit intake. It’s been an interesting journey so far. I’d say my sugar cravings have subsided a lot but … [Continue reading]

Sugar Free Traveling

sugar free traveling

Alex and I went to Southern Ohio this past weekend for a family reunion. It was so much fun spending time with my parents plus my extended family! It was also a great excuse to test out my selfie stick for the first time.  Maybe a little blurry … [Continue reading]