Quinoa Chili

It’s a hot summer day in Florida, but I have been wanting to try this for a long time after I saw this recipe.  If I was still in New York, this would have been one of my favorite one pot meals during the winter season.  But here in Florida it doesn’t make a difference as winter here is nothing compared to the winters up north.

As you all know Quinoa has been a very popular grain these days. It is full of protein as it has 9 essential amino acids.  Also it is gluten free and cholesterol free.  Addition of black beans & kidney beans makes it a wholesome protein packed meal which is easy to make.



  • 1 cup quinoa (cooked per the instructions)
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (15 oz)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (4 oz)
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped (original recipe: can of green chilies 4.5 oz)
  • 1 can kidney beans (15 oz) ( I soaked some and boiled them)
  • 1 can black beans (15 oz)
  • 1 can sweet kernel corn
  • 2 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 avocado cubed (i didn’t use this as I didn’t have at the moment)
  • sour cream to garnish


In a large saucepan, add 2 cups of water along with 1 cup of quinoa and cook until done.  Set aside.

In a large pot, heat olive oil and then add onion & garlic.  Saute for a few minutes until the onion is translucent which will be approximately 3-4 minutes.  Stir in quinoa, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, coriander powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, cumin powder, salt and black pepper.  Add enough water so that it a slightly above so the everything is covered.


Cook for approximately 20-30 minutes on slow heat, covered until the liquid is thickened.  Stir in kidney beans, black beans, corn, cilantro and lime juice.  Let it cook for additional 2 minutes.


Serve hot, garnished with sour cream, avocado cubes, additional cilantro or your favorite cheese.



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Happy Cooking!!!


Recipe Source:  DamnDelicious






1 Comment

  1. […] can also try my other Quinoa recipes: Quinoa Chilli, Quinoa Pilaf, Quinoa & Potato Cutlets, Quinoa Pilaf with Soy […]

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