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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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 5 mins
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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(R)) can be used in place of white sugar.

Nutrition Facts

198 calories; protein 9.8g; carbohydrates 39.1g; fat 2.4g; cholesterol 0.2mg; sodium 1295mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
12/24/2015
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 that's a personal choice and easy to adjust to your own liking with some red pepper flakes or a Serrano. Thanks ill make this again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/26/2017
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 Read More
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7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 2 stars
09/25/2017
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 Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/24/2015
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 that's a personal choice and easy to adjust to your own liking with some red pepper flakes or a Serrano. Thanks ill make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2019
I have made this recipe twice and enjoyed it very much thank you for posting it. As for the spices everyone should spice to taste. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/15/2016
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 which helped with the overly tomato flavor. I think a green pepper would add some color and flavor as well. It's OK as a base recipe for us. It's the first time I've tried quinoa in chili and it gave me a good idea what to do next time. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2016
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 share with friends and have leftovers. Love it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2017
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 bell peppers and maybe some roasted corn. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2018
Simply delicious. Easy to make. I was amazed how great using quinoa adds to the texture. Hearty meal that will definitely make again Read More
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