Chicken Quinoa Chili {slow cooker} {secret recipe club}

Jul 06


It’s a miracle– I didn’t wait until the last minute to do my Secret Recipe Club post 😉 Hooray! Now that our new house is starting to feel like a home, I am really enjoying being in the kitchen. My big kitchen with an island– I feel so lucky. And once the boxes are all (mostly) unpacked, pictures will be up on the blog.

This month I was paired with Marie from Not Enough Cinnamon. Her blog is gorgeous. I loved how clean and pretty it looked— so now I’m seriously thinking of a blog overhaul. And more time I spent exploring her delicious recipes and beautiful photos, the more I liked it!

After much debate and an examination of a pantry that is still not restocked, I chose a recipe for Crockpot Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili. It was so, so good. I mean, summer might not be the best time for chili, but it absolutely hit the spot.

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And– there were TONS of leftovers, so the hubby and I had lunch for the whole week. Lucky us!


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  • 4 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • 2 14 oz cans of black beans, drained
  • 1 cups quinoa
  • 1 tbs chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Optional- Cornbread
  • Prep time: 5-10 min
  • Cook time: 6-8 hours on high
  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy


In a large slow cooker, add and stir together all the ingredients except the chicken. Now add the chicken.

Cover and cook in slow cooker 6-8 hours on high, 4-5 hours on low.

Remove chick and shred; add back to slow cooker. Serve and enjoy! I paired it with cornbread, and it was perfect!

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Comments: 11

  1. sara Jul 06 at 11:20 am Reply

    This looks so tasty! Love love love the idea of adding quinoa to chili!

    • Elizabeth Jul 08 at 2:35 pm Reply

      Thanks Sara!

  2. Lori Hart Jul 06 at 4:24 pm Reply

    I love the addition of quinoa to this chili. I’m starting to love quinoa more and more. Sounds & looks amazing!

    • Elizabeth Jul 08 at 2:36 pm Reply

      I could eat quinoa at every meal!

  3. Leigh Jul 06 at 7:42 pm Reply

    I agree with both Sara and Lori – I love the idea of adding the quinoa. Great choice!

    • Elizabeth Jul 08 at 2:36 pm Reply

      Thanks Leigh!

  4. Hey Elizabeth, thank you so much for your lovely words about my blog, I’m really glad you like it :) I can’t stop making this recipe, I love it. I’m like you, I really like the fact that I have leftovers for lunch! Good luck with the unpacking! :)

    • Elizabeth Jul 08 at 2:36 pm Reply

      Thanks Marie– loved exploring your blog!

  5. Quinoa + Chili = Perfect Meal. And in the slow cooker? SOLD! I’m making this when the weather gets cooler. It would be perfect for a football party!!!! GREAT pick!

    • Elizabeth Jul 08 at 2:37 pm Reply

      I should eat based on the season, but it’s really just what sounds good at the time :)

  6. danielle Jul 13 at 11:12 am Reply

    I love a good chili recipe – this sounds fantastic!

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