Quinoa Chili

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A super delicious chili which can be made vegetarian by excluding the ground beef. With its unique texture and sweet savory flavor with a hint of spice, this recipe will have your friends asking for seconds!

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • 2 (19 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 zucchini, chopped (Optional)

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves

  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions

  1. Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, and the water has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in the ground beef. Cook and stir until the beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink. Drain and discard any excess grease; set beef aside.

  3. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, garlic, and jalapeno pepper; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Season with chili powder and cumin; cook 1 minute more to release the flavor of the spices. Stir in the tomatoes, black beans, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, zucchini, oregano, and parsley. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Simmer until the bell peppers are tender, about 20 minutes.

  4. Once the red and green peppers are tender, stir in the quinoa, beef, and corn kernels. Return to a simmer, and cook 5 minutes to reheat. Stir in the cilantro to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

412 Calories
12g Fat
53g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 412
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 705mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 15g 53%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 53mg 263%
Calcium 124mg 10%
Iron 7mg 40%
Potassium 1230mg 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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