Sunday, January 19, 2014

Quinoa Vegetarian Chili

Quinoa Chili

I have wanted to try some vegetarian chilis and stumbled on this recipe from Midwest Living magazine.  The recipe was for Quinoa Harvest Chili (from Brianne Jamerson of Indiana). I played with this a quite a bit and loved the way that it turned out.  It thickened up nicely and you can easily eat this in a bowl by itself or over rice.  I am not sure how it comes out with calories and fat, but I am sure that it is pretty healthy.  There are only two tablespoons of oil and no meat.  This does not taste like a vegetarian dish, which is really great.  I cannot wait to make this for family.

Ingredients (8 servings)

2 Onions (medium), chopped
2 tbsp Olive oil
4 tsp Garlic, chopped (or 4 cloves)
2 (two) 15oz cans Black beans, rinsed and drained (see note)
2 Sweet potatoes (small or 1 large), peeled and cubed into 1/2" pieces
4oz Mushrooms (white or baby bella), sliced thin
1 28oz can Crushed tomatoes
4 cups Vegetable broth (you can use chicken broth if you want)
2 tbsp Chili powder
1 tbsp Cumin
1 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1/4 tsp Black pepper
1 cup Quinoa, rinsed and drained
NOTE: If you are using dried black beans, you may replace the two cans with one cup off dried beans that are soaked overnight.


1. In a large Dutch oven or chili pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes.
2. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
3. Stir in the black beans, diced sweet potatoes, mushrooms, crushed tomatoes, broth, chili powder, cumin, oregano, cinnamon, kosher salt and black pepper.  Mix thoroughly.  Bring to a boil and then cover.  Reduce heat to a simmer (low) and cook for 10 minutes.
4. Stir in quinoa and bring to a boil.  Once again, return cover to the pot and lower the heat to a simmer.  Cook for an additional 25 minutes.


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