Quinoa Chili {Foodie Friday}

February 21, 2014

According to Newk’s, January was National Soup month.

Who knew?!

It seemed to be a pretty good month for that celebration since it has been so cold across the nation…and Mississippi for that matter.

My hubby David is a big fan of chili…but I am not! In fact, I really don’t like ground beef (pork or chicken is fine!) at all! So, I found a quinoa chili recipe to try. It ended up being more like a Mexican soup but we all liked it. I topped ours with cheese and avocado, which our sweet little munchkin, K, has decided that she now likes. Win for me!

This was a really easy recipe and everyone loved it! It filled our three happy tummies for several nights. Hmmm….do you think every month could be soup month?

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Quinoa Chili adapted from Cooking Classy

Ingredients:
1 onion, diced
*2 cups cooked quinoa
2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (7 -ounce) can diced green chiles
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder, or more, to taste
2 teaspoons cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups corn kernels (I used canned)

Directions:
Heat a large enameled cast iron pot over medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray (or use some olive oil).

Once oil is hot add onion and sauté until tender, about 4 minutes. (You can add 4 cloves of garlic here but I didn’t have any).

Add in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, cooked quinoa, water (start with 1 1/2 cups then add more later if desired), green chilies, chili powder, cumin, cocoa, paprika, sugar, coriander, cayenne pepper and season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Bring mixture just to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover pot and allow to simmer 30 minutes.

Top with cheese and diced avocado and ENJOY!

*I used 1 cup uncooked quinoa and had about 1 cup left over.

 

engaged159Claire is a Mississippi pediatrician who loves to bake – and share with friends, family and co-workers. She and her husband have a 4-year old princess and baker-in-training! She blogs about faith, family, and food. She is the “Cookie Doc” and knows that “Cooking is Medicine!”

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