Weeknight Quinoa Chili - Guiso de Quinoa y Frijoles

Marian Blazes
  • 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: Serves 6
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This is an easy and quick chili that is perfect for weeknight dinners - or make a big batch on the weekend and enjoy it all week.  Quinoa adds protein and a nice texture to this vegetarian chili, but you could easily substitute beef for the quinoa to make a more traditional chili.

The quinoa cooks in the tomato sauce, giving it a delicious creamy quality.  Canned beans are used to save time, and just about any vegetables you have on hand could work.

What You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 1 tomato (diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3-4 green onions (chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water (or vegetable broth)
  • 2 cans kidney beans
  • 1 cup frozen corn (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Place the olive oil in a large saucepan.  Add the onion and cook over medium heat until onion is soft and fragrant, about 5 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add the tomato, green onions, minced garlic, cilantro, cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, dark brown sugar and salt, and cook, stirring, until all the vegetables are soft. 
  3. Add the quinoa and cook for 1 minute.  Add the tomato sauce and the water and stir well.  Cover and simmer chili over low heat until quinoa is cooked, about 20 minutes.  (The quinoa grains will appear swollen and have a tiny visible thread/tail).  
  1. Add the beans and the corn (optional) and cook for 5 to 10 minutes more, or until beans and corn are hot. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  
  2. Serve with rice, grated cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions, tortilla chips, etc.