Quinoa Chili // Linden

 
This recipe is a vegetarian version of chili but it pleases even the biggest carnivores! It is hearty and delicious. Everything your dinner should be in the Fall. This chili definitely gets better with age. I always look forward to the leftovers. Oh and tell your kids there is cocoa in it and that will get them excited to try it! 
 
 
what you'll need: 
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 large onion, diced (1 3/4 cup)
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 1/2 - 2 cups water (or chicken broth if not making vegetarian)
1 (7 oz) can diced green chiles
2 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp granulated sugar  
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 (15 oz) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed (I used one dark red, one light red)
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen corn
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
Juice of 1 lime
 
Directions
Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot add onion and saute until tender, about 4 minutes, adding in garlic during last 30 seconds of sauteing. Add in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, cooked quinoa, water (start with 1 1/2 cups then add more later if desired), green chiles, chili powder, cumin, cocoa, paprika, sugar,  and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring mixture just to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover pot and allow to simmer 30 minutes.
Add in all beans, corn, cilantro and lime and cook until heated through. Serve warm with optional toppings and sides (cheddar, sour cream, diced avocados, or tortilla chips)
Enjoy! -Linden

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