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Black Bean and Quinoa Chili

Black Bean and Quinoa Chili

Sometimes recipes can take on a life of their own. A while ago I came across a three bean chili recipe which sounded good and this week it made it onto my meal plan. It started out as a pretty simple bean chili but as the week went on I thought that it would be nice it there was some quinoa in it. Then I thought that some bell peppers would add some colour. As it came time to cook it I noticed that I had some zucchini in the fridge that needed finishing. And then there was that last cob of corn... Before I knew it my pot was full and I had only added one of the beans. What had started out as a three bean chili had quickly turned into a nice vegetables chili. Chilies like this are really easy to make and full of flavour. As far as the vegetables go, you can add whatever you want or whatever is in season. In the winter I like to add squash and in the summer there are so many options. I am particularly looking forward to fresh tomatillos as they add a ton of flavour. You can garnish chili with lots of different things and this time I went with some monterey jack cheese and green onions. One of my favorite things about making a chili is that there is a lot of leftovers that are convenient to bring to work for lunch.

Black Bean and Quinoa Chili

A healthy, hearty and tasty vegetarian chili with back beans and quinoa that does not sacrifice anything in flavour.


Servings: makes 4+ servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin, toasted and ground
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 (19 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into bit sized pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into bit sized pieces
  • 1 zucchini, cut into bit sized pieces, optional
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chili in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup corn, fresh, frozen or canned
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
Directions
  1. Simmer the quinoa in the water until absorbed, about 20 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat, add the onions and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, chili powder and cumin and saute until fragrant, about 1 minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes, beans, peppers, zucchini, chipotle, oregano, salt and pepper and simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Add the quinoa and corn and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro.

Slow Cooker: Optionally implement steps 2 & 3, place everything except the quinoa and cilantro in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-10 hours or high for 2-4 hours before adding the quinoa and cooking on high until the quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes, and mixing in the cilantro.

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79 comments:

javagirlkt's cookin' said...

this looks awesome! I love bean chili, especially with the cheese and green onions on top. I'm bookmarking this for autumn! :)

Neen said...

You know, I never thought to make chili in the summer. Perhaps because I associate chili with hours and hours of slow simmering, which just doesn't seem right when the days are so hot.

Paula said...

Now this is my kind of chili! I love quinoa, so I'm sure I would love this. I like how you included zucchini in this as well as some heat filled chilies. Your garnishes look terrific, too.

Holler said...

Oh yes! Give me a bowl of this and I am a happy woman Kevin :)

Bridgett said...

Ah, Kevin...this looks fantastic!! Can you send some my way?

jeriray said...

Yumm! I'm just discovering quinoa so this is on my "Let's Try It" list.

Kristen said...

What a wonderful chili. Looks delicious!

Pam said...

Kevin you never cease to amaze me! I would have never even considered putting quinoa in chili!

tigerfish said...

This looks so comforting. And it actually looks like black bean sauce noodles (Chinese zha jiang noodles) from the first few looks :D

Dragon said...

So why haven't I tried quinoa yet?

VeggieGirl said...

I almost NEVER follow a recipe - I love using them as guidelines for new inspiration; and I see that you did the same thing quite successfully, with that TANTALIZING bowl of chili - yum!!

Elly said...

Sounds like a great chili, Kevin! So colorful and beautiful, too.

Corinne said...

very southwestern looking! I eall the veggies in it.

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

I absolutely love the colours of this dish!

Lori Lynn said...

I want to bring this to work with me for lunch tomorrow!

cook eat FRET said...

that black bean and quinoa chili looks really good!

Jeanine said...

Looks good, Kevin. Very hearty, and leftovers is always a good thing!

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

NIcely done! I love "fresh" chili's that have lots of veggies.

tastymealsathome.com said...

looks hearty and tasty!

Prudy said...

I love vegetarian chili and I've never tried it with quinoa, so I've got to give this one a go. I must say, you've got that magic photography touch. Your pictures area always gorgeous.

Alexa said...

First you had me at black bean, then you had me at quinoa and finally you had me at chili. This is a must try for me because it includes some of my favorite ingredients. I love how certain recipes just evolve so naturally into wonderful new dishes. Thanks Kevin!

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

This looks delicious, I like puttering round with recipes like this :)

Meeta said...

yup these are the best ways to create some of the most scrumptious meals. love thee quinoa!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

hmm always love chilli, any season...especially as it is not cooked by me in my hot kitchen :)

vegeyum said...

Oh my! Yum.

Jan said...

Now that looks yummy Kevin!
I would never have thought to put quinoa in chill- looks a great idea.

Kate / Kajal said...

i love cooking like this too, no recipe in the head but just go with the flow, crate as you make and the end result is always fantastic. Your chilli bean surely looks so colourful and appetizing.

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

This is the best "let's-throw-it-all- in-a-pot-meal" I have ever seen. A real tummy warmer.

Jeena said...

Lovel healthy recipe Kevin I really do love quinoa.

Jeanne said...

Three bean chilli always reminds me of a trip to New York when we were getting SOAKED in a rainstorm that wouldn't quit and discovered that the restaurant that we had just walked blocks and blocks to try had closed. We were desperate to get out of the rain and just ducked into the nearest open door we saw which happened to be a vegetarian restaurant where I had 3-bean chilli with cornbread. It was one of my happiest travel moments - warm and dry with a mouthful of fabulous food! So now I have a soft spot for bean chillies :) This one looks awesome and I *love* quinoa, so it's definitely being bookmarked.

Btw, I've tagged you for a meme:
http://www.cooksister.com/2008/07/forty-things.html

:-)

Dhanggit said...

i've been craving for something like this!! yummmy

Carmen said...

wow, you take gorgeous pictures. the colors in this just really pop - i love quinoa (my husband doesn't though), so i'll have to make this for myself! it looks so nice and healthy.

Sharon said...

Now that I'm over the quinoa hump and have finally made it, I've been looking for new recipes. This looks like it could be it!

giz said...

This looks far more interesting than the meat based chili. It also looks really pretty.

emily said...

This really is gorgeous. I can't wait to try it. Plus, I've been wanting to experiment with different grains, and quinoa is on my list. This will be perfect.

noble pig said...

Wow. That's an amzing bowl of chili...just the color says eat me. Yum.

Manggy said...

Yeah, the chili has turned into an original Kevin's minestrone! :) It looks really good! :)

Steph said...

Looks delicious Kevin!

Grace said...

i've said this before, and i'll more than likely say it again, but this time i really mean it--this is perfect. this is exactly what i would (and will) make for myself. i love it. :)

Helene said...

Kevin, that would be perfect with the chilly weather we have today in the Valley. Looks great.

Pam said...

YUM. I love chili filled with veggies. Another tasty recipe Kevin.

Adam said...

Kev, I am sweating just looking at the chili, but in a delicious good way. I love quinoa and black beans, so this is definately a keeper.

Esi said...

Looks great! I will have to try this when the weather gets colder.

Jescel said...

this looks so good. i've been wanting to try quinoa but don't have a good recipe. maybe i'll try yours..

crunchbot said...

YES!!! I was just craving chili today!!! that looks so good! i.must.try.

Deborah said...

This makes me excited for the cold weather to come. Sounds delicious!

Hillary said...

I love the idea of using quinoa in chili! Nice job.

Natasha said...

This is a vitamin explosion! So healthy, and I bet it was tasty too! I love veggies, and hot food!

Cathy C said...

This looks off the charts - I am so looking forward to fall when it is cool and comfort food is an the "daily" menu.

Cheers
Cathy
www.wheresmydamnanswer.com

Tara said...

MMmmmm, hot chili with cool sour cream on top. Beautiful colors! It just doesn't get any better than that.

Oh and by the way, you've been nominated! http://tarathefoodie.blogspot.com/2008/08/spreading-love.html

oggi said...

Wow, this vegetable chili recipe is wonderful...I love quinoa and am always looking for more recipes to use them. It's been bookmarked!:)

cookinpanda said...

This is exactly what I need. I'm trying to compile soup or chili recipes so that I can make large portions in bulk each week because I'll soon be having an incredibly hectic schedule. I'm adding this to my list. It looks perfect.

LyB said...

That looks really delicious and healthy. Adding quinoa to a chili is such a great idea.

Jan said...

Kevin, your recipes are so wonderfully inventive. This looks amazing!

TBC said...

That makes for a very hearty meal. The addition of quinoa is a nice touch!

J for Kitchen Confit said...

This looks fantastic! I love the addition of quinoa. I can't wait to try it.

Lida said...

hmm, quinoa in chili... sounds great!
I always use black beans and throw in some bitter chocolate and cinnamon when it's cold out. It seems convenient not to have to make the quinoa in a separate pot (i usually cook brown rice).

Lida said...

hmm, quinoa in chili... sounds great!
I always use black beans and throw in some bitter chocolate and cinnamon when it's cold out. It seems convenient not to have to make the quinoa in a separate pot (i usually cook brown rice).

Linda F said...

Wow, just love the look of that AND I have everything in to make it! Excellent!

esthermm said...

I made this last night and I absolutely loved it. What a great way to add quinoa, I never would have thought but it worked really well. I loved it and so did my boyfriend.

Anna said...

Okay, now I REALLY have to buy some quinoa. Wow. That looks great!

jd said...

Holy awesome!

How did I manage to miss this one?!

I'm definitely adding it to my "make asap" list.

Anonymous said...

love this recipe! about how many servings does it make?

ldp said...

Finally got around to making this dish tonight and I must tell you it was great. It was the first time that I experienced Quinoa. Thanks for sharing.

Kevin said...

Anonymous: This would easily make 4-6 servings.

Randi Lynne said...

I was looking for a good quinoa recipe and this was perfect. Thanks for the recipe!

A_and_N said...

That looks delightful and healthy. Too bad I cant reach into the screen and take a spoonful myself :)

CharmCity Sarah said...

I made this tonight and it was....delicious!!And thank goodness b/c I will be eating it for a week :)

Dazy said...

This recipe is really going to keep me busy in the kitchen with all its glamor. This is another must for the weekend! My kids would just hug me for this.

Sarah said...

And this is going to be a regular at my house! SOOOO good! Can't wait to eat it all week for lunch. Thanks for helping my quinoa obsession :)

Jess said...

I want to like quinoa, I really do! Its by far the cutest grain. But, I've had trouble finding a way to make it really tasty. Thank you so much for this recipe!

Dan said...

I love your recipes! I'm gonna make this today for sure!

Nadia said...

I just made this and it is amazing!

Leander said...

It looks absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

Jacquie Rion said...

Can this be made in the crockpot with dried beans?

Kevin said...

Jacquie Rion: Yes this would work in the crockpot with dried beans, though you may want to hold off adding the zucchini and peppers until later if you prefer them to have more texture.

Anonymous said...

I made this a few months ago for the first time. We loved it, but enjoyed it better the second day. My brother was in town and I offered him a bowl. Compliments to you, he says it's the best chili in the entire world. I am making a batch for my mother and grandmother to try.

MZ said...

This was so good!!! We are not vegetarian, but didn't miss the meat at all. My husband and I loved it. Recipe states the zucchini is optional but we think it's a must. Just added to the chunkiness and heartiness, and made if feel even more healthy!! Thanks for the recipe!

Kevin Lynch said...

MZ: I am glad that you enjoyed it! I agree completely about the zucchini! :)

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