{ Quinoa Chili }

I haven’t posted a SOUP SATURDAY in awhile so I thought I’d share this, before it got too hot this summer! I am a chili lover! My go to recipe can be found here, but every once in awhile, I need to switch it up. If you haven’t added quinoa to chili, you are missing out! Here is a recipe for vegetarian quinoa chili.

{ ingredients }

  • 1 Tbs. EVOO
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 2 cups prepared quinoa
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes, with liquid
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce (low sodium)
  • 1 (4.5-ounce) can diced green chilies
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. chili powder (or more, to taste)
  • 2 Tbs. ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper (or more, to taste)
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 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 fresh corn kernels
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 2 Tbs. fresh cilantro, chopped

{ directions }

  1. Heat EVOO 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.
  2. Stir in quinoa, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, green chilies, spices, sugar, and 1 cup water (2 if you prefer more liquid), making sure to cover most of the ingredients; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 30 minutes. Stir in beans, corn, cilantro and lime juice until heated through, about 5 minutes.
  4. Serve in bowls with your favorite toppings. 
  5. Yum! Enjoy!

*If the mixture looks too thick, add 1 cup of water*

*Add additional spices to taste. Trust your own tastes!*

{ Don’t forget the toppings }

  • Sour cream
  • Diced green onions
  • Fresh diced jalapeno
  • Sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Fresh avocado, sliced
  • Fresh cilantro leaves

Makes about 6 servings.

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