Sunday, January 25, 2015

Quinoa Chili

Yes, it's another type of chili. Have I mentioned lately how much I love soups, stews, chili? Comfort in a bowl. I've been trying to incorporate more quinoa in our diet since it's such a super-food. I found the tri-color quinoa on my last shopping trip and love how colorful it is. This made a large pot of delicious chili. If you don't have lots of people to feed you can freeze half of it.
  • 1 cup tri-color quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans fire-roasted, diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (4.5-ounce) can diced green chiles
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder, or more, to taste
  • 1  tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 
  • 1 link chorizo, crumbled (I used Soyrizo)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups corn kernels, frozen or canned
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Juice of 1 lime, optional
  • Garnish: 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced --- sour cream --- scallions --- cheese shreds --- cilantro (I dug in before I took a pic with the garnishes!! oops)

In a large saucepan, cook quinoa according to package instructions; set aside.

Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium high heat. Add garlic and onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes.

Stir in quinoa, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, green chiles, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper and 1-2 cups water, making sure to cover most of the ingredients; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Reduce heat to low; simmer, covered, until thickened, about 30 minutes.

Stir in beans, corn, cilantro and lime juice, until heated through, about 2 minutes.

Serve immediately with avocado, if desired.


  1. I'd love to just stay in and have a bowl of this while watching movies. That's what anything with chili makes me want to do.<3

    1. Adi,
      Thank you for stopping by my kitchen and for the comment. I know when it's cold outside all I want is a big bowl of comfort food and to relax. xoxoxo