Bacon Quinoa Chili

Bacon Quinoa Chili

  • Author: Kristina LaRue
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 12 1x


Grab a bowl of this Bacon Quinoa Chili on game day or a cool fall night! Serve topped with avocado and cheddar cheese for a creamy and salty bite.



  • 3 slices center cut bacon
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 sweet vidalia onion, diced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 packet McCormick Chili Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 (14.5oz) can great northern beans, drained
  • 1 (14.5oz) can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (14.5oz) can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 (28oz) can diced tomatoes
  • Optional toppings: diced avocado and shredded cheddar cheese


  1. In heavy bottom stock pot, cook bacon until browned.
  2. Stir in garlic and onions, seasoning with salt and pepper, and cook until translucent.
  3. Add ground beef and cook until browned.
  4. Stir in quinoa, zucchini, water, chili seasoning and cumin, and bring to a boil.
  5. Add beans and tomatoes to the pot and reduce to simmer.
  6. Continue to cook for 20 minutes, until quinoa is cooked. Serve warm.
  7. Top each bowl with avocado and cheddar cheese, if desired.