Last updated on April 11th, 2018 at 10:11 am
This simple but delicious Instant Pot vegetarian chili tastes like it simmered all day in your slow cooker, but it’s made quickly in the Instant Pot! Hearty quinoa and beans and plenty of vegetables means this dish can stand on its own for dinner. Leave off the cheese and it’s vegan!
We’ve been trying to do Meatless Mondays for a while now. My husband grew up a vegetarian, but I am a full-blooded carnivore because I get really hangry without protein — and lots of it. So I’ve been trying to find more and more hearty, easy recipes that will fill our family’s bellies in a healthy way that won’t break our budget. I’ve been making Cooking Light’s Quinoa and Roasted Pepper Chili for a long time now. It’s my go-to vegetarian meal if we’re having people over who don’t eat meat (this happens more often than you’d think with a family full of Seventh Day Adventists!).
I wondered if I could speed up the process for this recipe and make a few other changes to make it ready for the Instant Pot. I was a little afraid that it was going to lose some of the flavor from the roasted peppers — instead of roasting them they just get sautéed in the pot. But I didn’t miss it at all. This vegetarian chili is flavorful and filling and the perfect dish for Meatless Mondays.
This chili does carry a little heat, but it’s not very spicy. If you want it less spicy, you could leave out the poblanos or a little of the chili powder. The cheese (or sour cream) can also help cut the heat a little. But really, my whole family eats it happily.
Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili
One of the things I really love about this recipe is that if you leave the cheese off (or use non-dairy cheese), this recipe is vegan. There is some question on whether or not V-8 is vegan, but from what I could tell, most vegans wouldn’t have a problem eating it (please don’t kill me in the comments about this — remember, full-blooded carnivore here!).