Recipe Share: Vegetarian Quinoa Chili


Easily one of my favorite meals to cook, especially during soup season aka the winter- Quinoa chili! Packed with protein & fiber, super hearty and delicious and best of all...quick and EASY! 😋 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 6 servings
1 cup quinoa

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 onion, diced

2 (14.5-ounce) cans 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

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 1/2 teaspoons paprika

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

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, canned or roasted

3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Juice of 1 lime, optional

1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced

In a large saucepan of 2 cups water, 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 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, if using, until heated through, about 2 minutes.

Serve immediately with quinoa and I like to add avocado, sour cream, cheddar cheese and raw onions. Bon appetite! 

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