Quinoa Chili

A week or so ago I was making a pot of beans with the intention to make a bunch of homemade freezer burritos (a post will be coming for those). I am not good at eyeballing beans however, and made WAY too many. Try double or triple what I needed for the burritos.

So since I had just bought my first bag of quinoa and was anxious to see what it tasted like I decided to make chili with my beans, some of the hamburger I had cooked for the burritos, and quinoa.

The recipe:

Beans: I have dried beans that came straight out of the combine when we were harvesting them but 2-3 cans kidney, pinto, black beans or mixture of them would work.
Meat: (optional) I used about a half pound of ground beef, already cooked.
Onion: half to one onion, chopped
Garlic: I used three cloves, minced.
Tomatoes: I used a 16 oz can of crushed and a 6 oz can of paste.
Quinoa: (precooked) 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups water, cooked like rice.
Chili Powder: 2 Tablespoons
Red Pepper: 1/2 Teaspoon

Mix it all together and let it simmer for a while (10 minutes).
It was way better the next day, after the quinoa soaked up the chili flavors.

We froze half of the batch so that we would have easy meals for when I’m swamped with school. I will be making this again, it was amazing!! I loved taking it to school for lunch with some chips to eat it with!


2 thoughts on “Quinoa Chili

  1. I love a good chilli- is this one thick? Did you find the quinoa took out a lot of the moisture in the chilli? I am trying to avoid using flour pastes to thicken my chilli and think quinoa would be a great option to thicken up my chilli. Looks great!

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