Thursday, January 23, 2014

Quinoa Chili

There's nothing better during the cold gloomy winter than something warm and hearty for dinner.  This quinoa chili hits the spot perfectly.  It is my very favorite chili!  Since making it for the first time I haven't made another chili since--expect for the very occasional white chili.  I never eat this meal without a huge garnish of sour cream on the side--this is a must, and creates the perfect flavor.


Quinoa Chili
(adapted from this recipe)

2 teaspoons organic coconut oil or grass fed butter
1 medium onion, chopped
2 teaspoons Real Salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained*
1 cup organic frozen corn
1 can tomato sauce (about 2 cups)
1 cup water
2 cans kidney or black beans, rinsed and drained

1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add onions and saute until tender.  Add salt, garlic, cumin, oregano, and cinnamon.

2. Add rinsed quinoa to pot.  Stir in corn, tomato sauce, and water.  Simmer together 20 minutes stirring occasionally.  

3. Add rinsed beans to pot.  Stir and simmer another 15 minutes.  Serve with grated cheese, sour cream, or avocado.

Did you know?
*Quinoa (KEEN-wah) is considered a super grain because it contains 8 amino acids making it a complete protein.



  1. Quinoa is so healthy and I never thought of using it for chili. That's such a good idea! Pinning this to my dinner board since this would be such a good meal for a cold winter night!

  2. I love both chili and quinoa, so when I saw the title on Family Fun Friday I had to check it out. Never thought of this, pinned it to my quinoa board. Would love for you to share this on Real Food Fridays.

  3. Oh, yum! I have so much quinoa and so little idea of what to do with it that actually tastes good. I will try this next.

  4. I love this recipe! I've still never made quinoa, but I look at any recipe with quinoa as an ingredient. I WILL cook with it someday. I really love the I gradients in this chili. I would love to have you link this up with us at Tips and Tricks Tuesday where we share healthy living tips and tricks - healthy recipes like this are our favorite! Thanks!

  5. LOVE this recipe! You've been featured today @ Mary's Kitchen for Real Food Friday!
    Thank you for sharing

  6. Great recipe especially with such a healthy grain as quinoa. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays!


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