Quinoa Chili

I love my chili recipe made with sausage. It is so good and such a crowd-pleaser. However, I wanted to come up with a chili recipe that uses something other than sausage or ground beef. I had some quinoa that needed to be used up and I thought that would make for a good addition to my chili. Quinoa is full of protein, too, so it’s a good replacement for meat in recipes. Now, I’m not going to say I like this version better than my original sausage recipe, because I don’t. 🙂 However, if you’re looking to make a filling vegetarian chili, this would be a good option to try.

Quinoa Chili

Quinoa Chili
  • ½ cup quinoa (dry)
  • ½ cup onion, diced/chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 rounded tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ¾ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 can (15 oz) organic tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15 oz) organic red kidney beans (including liquid), chopped up
  1. Combine quinoa with 1 cup of water in saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes until tender and liquid is absorbed.
  3. Meanwhile, saute onion in oil in a large skillet.
  4. Add spices and stir.
  5. Chop up the kidney beans (if you don’t like large, whole beans) and add to skillet, along with the tomato sauce.
  6. Simmer over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes and then add the cooked quinoa.
  7. Serve hot and sprinkle with a little freshly grated cheese, if desired.

I served this Quinoa Chili with my recently-improved Sweet Corn Bread. It is so good!

I’ve owned my Pampered Chef Chopper for almost 10 years now. I use it to chop everything from onions to beans to chocolate and it’s never once jammed up. If you’re looking to buy a good quality chopper, this is definitely the one I recommend.

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LeAnn Nome

Hi there! Here's a little info about me: I've been married to my husband for over 10 years and I'm a stay-at-home mom to our three young kids (a six year old daughter and four year old twin boys). As you might imagine, they keep me quite busy! In early 2013, we decided that we wanted to be a healthier family. To do this, we cut out all processed foods from our home and we now eat only REAL, whole foods. (When we're on vacation or at someone's house, we're not quite as strict.) We also try to exercise every day. Our goal is to raise healthy, happy kids...while maintaining our own health and happiness along the way! I hope you will follow along with us in our journey.

5 thoughts on “Quinoa Chili

    1. Hi Jennifer, I do not have my older recipes set up properly yet…but I’m working on updating all of them so that eventually they will all have the print icon. This recipe is now updated! 🙂

  1. haha so I don’t see the print icon, but it’s ok. I’ll do it the own fashion way and just copy and paste! Thanks!

    1. Hmm… It should be right under the picture in the recipe box. It’s showing on my end. Hopefully you can find it! And slowly I will get my older recipes updated…at least I hope to! 🙂

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