Cauliflower Quinoa Vegan White Chili

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Combine Meatless Monday and Monday Night Football! Packed with spice and protein, this easy White Quinoa Chili recipe with cauliflower is a perfect vegan option for your Game Day menu.

Looking for a meaty chili recipe instead? Try my white chicken chili or white turkey chili.

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

A bowl of quinoa chili garnished with a lime wedge.

The week before school started, I was determined. I was going to make a menu plan every Thursday and get my grocery shopping done on Friday. I was going to follow theme nights to help me stretch my culinary imagination. Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, Salad Wednesday, Leftovers Thursday, Pizza Friday. And for the most part, I rocked it.

For two weeks.

Then things got real. Karate started. Religious education classes started. Doctor appointments. Homework. OK OK, so we’d switch to Slow Cooker Wednesday since we don’t get home till six o’clock. Salad night and leftovers night could be combined into one. I won’t make pizza, I’ll order pizza.

The best-laid plans, my friends, the best-laid plans.

A bowl of quinoa chili garnished with a lime wedge.

However, even if it isn’t always on Monday night, I am trying to work in more meatless meals. Plant-based diets are good for you, your wallet, and the environment. Mixing in a vegan meal here or a vegetarian meal there are small steps that I can take towards these benefits. Even in my family that is accustomed to seeing beef or chicken on the dinner table! This is even more true when we are watching football, since things like burgers and chili are staples.

This is why I am excited by the Silk #MeatlessMondayNight challenge, through which they are challenging everyone to “sideline meat” during Monday Night Football games this season, and find meat- and dairy-free alternatives to their favorite tailgate dishes.

Challenge accepted…

A bowl of quinoa chili next to a spoon and lime wedges, with a large pot in the background.

Why You’ll Love This Vegan Quinoa Chili Recipe

If you are looking for a bowl of hearty comfort food with a little bit of spice, look no further than Vegan White Quinoa Chili. With all the southwestern flavor you’d expect from a classic white chili recipe (usually made with chicken), and packed with delicious ingredients like cauliflower, quinoa, and beans that pack in plenty of satisfying protein and fiber, you aren’t going to miss the meat.

What You’ll Need

The quinoa helps to thicken the chili and in this recipe, even my non-quinoa eaters were fans of how it enhanced the dish. Plus the addition of rich and creamy Silk Cashewmilk provides a velvety smooth texture. A nice squeeze of lime adds the perfect zing to pull it together and make all of the flavors pop (trust me and add an additional squeeze to your bowl right before serving), and some crushed tortilla chips give it just a bit of crunch.

A bowl of quinoa chili next to a spoon and lime wedges, with a large pot and a carton of Silk cashew milk in the background.

Serving Suggestions

This recipe is going to be in regular rotation for our Meatless Monday menus. The Hubby loved all of the flavors, and the little guys asked for seconds and thirds, then enjoyed it for lunch a couple days later. As with most chili recipes, I think it tasted even better after being in the fridge for a couple of days. So make a big batch over the weekend and just heat it up before you are ready to turn on the TV for this week’s Monday night game.

Are you inspired to reinvent your favorite football foods and take the #MeatlessMondayNight challenge? Visit the Silk Sideline Meat website for tips and recipes, plus your chance to win the Ultimate Game Day Room Makeover! Then check out the store locator to find out where to find products near you to make this white chili recipe and more delicious meat- and dairy-free recipes with Silk.

A bowl of quinoa chili next to a spoon and lime wedges, with a carton of Silk cashew milk in the background.

Meatless Monday Nights are certainly going to be delicious in my house as I Sideline Meat with Silk!

More Meatless Monday Ideas

A bowl of quinoa chili garnished with a lime wedge.
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Vegan White Quinoa Chili

Packed with satisfying flavor and loads of protein, this easy white quinoa chili recipe is a perfect vegan option for your Game Day menu! You won't even miss the meat!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 to 2 jalapenos depending on how spicy you want it, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 head cauliflower cut into small florets
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 30 oz canned white or Great Northern beans rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa rinsed and drained,
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup unsweetened Silk Cashewmilk or Almondmilk
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • additional lime, chopped avocado, and crushed tortilla chips for serving


  • In a large heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, red pepper, jalapeno, salt, and pepper, and saute for 5-7 minutes or until tender.
  • Add the cauliflower, garlic, smoked paprika, cumin, and chili powder, and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the beans, quinoa, and vegetable broth, cover and bring to a simmer. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until quinoa is cooked and cauliflower is tender.
  • Stir in Cashewmilk, lime juice, and cilantro.
  • Serve in bowls with a hefty squeeze of lime juice, a sprinkle of fresh chopped cilantro, chopped avocado, and crushed tortilla chips on top.


You can keep this chili simmering on low longer than the required cooking time, and it also reheats well. In fact, it tastes even better a day or two later.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan White Quinoa Chili
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 291 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Sodium 890mg37%
Potassium 959mg27%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 11g44%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 1135IU23%
Vitamin C 78.1mg95%
Calcium 115mg12%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimers: Please discuss your individual dietary needs (i.e. gluten free) with a physician. Even when not specified, be sure to verify all ingredients are gluten free, if needed, by reading labels on all packaging and/or confirming with the manufacturer this varies by brand and can change at any time. Nutrition information shown is an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.




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  2. TBone

    This chili is amazing! Thanks for accepting the challenge and sharing this delicious dish. I hope you won… I’m telling everyone about this chili!!

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      So happy to hear that you liked the chili recipe! It is a winner, even if it didn’t win! 😉

  3. We are obsessed with the Cashew Milk, hubs gets so bummed out whenever I run out. I have to keep it on hand at all times. It’s so good.

    Love this white chili. You really rocked it with the quinoa and cauliflower. I’d totally eat a huge bowl of this, and come back for more.

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