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Chili with Quinoa


"My husband said this is the best chili yet! Plus it is so easy to make! To serve, put a small amount of pasta in a bowl and spoon in chili with quinoa. Add a dollop of sour cream (vegan or regular) and a sprinkle of chives for garnish. Enjoy!"
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1 h 25 m servings 198 cals
Original recipe yields 10 servings

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  1. Saute onion and garlic in a stockpot over medium-high heat until softened, 5 to 10 minutes. Add canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili beans, kidney beans, chili powder, cumin, salt, and sugar; pour in 2 cups water and simmer until flavors blend, about 1 hour.
  2. Bring 2 cups water and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir quinoa into chili.


  • Cook's Note:
  • This is enough to serve 8 people and still have some left to freeze. My family loves this!
  • Sugar substitute (such as Splenda®) can be used in place of white sugar.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 198 calories; 2.4 g fat; 39.1 g carbohydrates; 9.8 g protein; < 1 mg cholesterol; 1295 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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I loved the quinoa as a meat substitute, but the recipe itself could definitely use more spices. It tasted heavy on the tomato and too bland

The flavor was good and it was simple to make. My 3 meat loving boys all ate it without a pause. You could easily add ground beef if you HAD to have meat. I could stand it a little spicier but t...

I added a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and doubled the beans. My carnivorous family loved the vegetarian twist. Using quinoa is a great substitute for ground meat. Next time I'm going to add be...

It was much too saucy and too bland for our tastes. I upped the chili powder and cumin and added black pepper, cayenne pepper and oregano. I stirred some shredded cheese into it before serving, ...

This is my new favorite "go-to" meal for my family! We have tried other meatless chili recipes, and none came close to this one in flavor, texture or nutrition! I doubled the recipe so I could...