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Sunday Recipe Series – Quinoa Chili

Here in Colorado fall has arrived with winter to soon follow.  What’s better than a steaming bowl of yummy chili to warm up your tummy.  This is a vegetarian quinoa chili – even my non-veg friends ate this up!

You can make this chili as spicy as you want.  I like it fairly spicy, so I add some extra ground red cayenne pepper at the end (after I taste it to make sure it’s not already just spicy enough).  You don’t have to use a slow cooker for this.  Just follow all the same instructions but use a soup pot and cook for around 45 minutes.

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Quinoa Chili

Quinoa Chili

2 cups cooked quinoa

1 Tbs safflower oil

1 onion, diced

3-4 cloves garlic, minced

2 cans diced tomatoes

1 can tomato sauce

1 1/2-2 cups water

1 7oz can diced green chilis

2 1/2 tsp chili powder

2 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste

salt to taste

1 15 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 15 oz can hot chili beans (or plain pinto beans), drained and rinsed

1 1/2 cups frozen corn

juice of one lime

To cook the quinoa, bring 2 cups of water to a boil, add one cup quinoa, cover and book for 20 minutes.   Heat oil in a pan, add onion, and saute until tender.  Add garlic in the last 30 seconds.  Put the onion and garlic mixture into the slow cooker, add all the other ingredients, except lime juice and heat on low for around 6 hrs.  Add the lime juice in the last 15 minutes or so.

How much easier could it be?

Luv from Karen

About karenskellyphoto

Hello there! I'm a Certified Professional Photographer serving the entire Western Slope of Colorado, including Durango CO, Cortez CO, Silverton CO, Ouray CO, Telluride CO, Pagosa Springs CO, and Farmington NM. I love photographing the emotions during a family session or wedding; the love, hugs, kisses, tears, and laughs. Please view my website at, and read the "About" page for more information. Thanks for looking. Karen

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