Quinoa Chili

7 Feb

You know you’re going to have a great night when you have fabulous company and great food. Last week, I headed over to Shelby’s for some much needed yoga. Candles lit in the background with some Johann Sebastian Bach, we couldn’t have had anything better.

Oh wait, we did. After yoga, Shelby whipped up some quinoa chili for us. It was actually spectacular; she is quite the food guru. Everything she makes, I’m obsessed with. Remember when I went nuts?

Shelby from Tutus and TeaBut, back to the quinoa. Below find Shelby’s recipe for this nom quinoa chili. I swear, this is up on my fridge now as we haven’t seem to hit a break with the frigid winter cold. Chili is ALWAYS a go to. You should try it out too!

  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 can of  black beans (drained/rinsed)
  • 1 can of kidney beans (drained/rinsed)
  • 1 cup of frozen/fresh corn
  • 1 red bell pepper finely diced
  • 2 cups of cooked quinoa (1 cup dry)
  • 28oz can/jar of good quality tomato sauce (I used one with garlic and basil from Whole Foods)
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 2 cups of fresh spinach (optional health kick)
  • coarse salt and fresh pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
1. Simmer onions and garlic with a tablespoon or two of olive oil and until translucent and fragrant.
  Add bell pepper, and frozen corn. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
2. Add beans, tomato sauce and 1/2 cup of water (or more depending on how thick you want your base to be)
3. Add your quinoa (was cooked with stock instead of water for more flavor), spices, tomato paste and spinach. Stir to combine. Cover and let simmer for 20-30 minutes (the longer the better for flavors to mix and mingle).
4. Serve with your choice of chopped scallions/chives, sliced avocado and your favorite chips – Shelby’s are the semi spicy flaxseed tortilla’s from Trader Jo’s.
Quinoa Chili
What’s your favorite dish to have when friends come over?

3 Responses to “Quinoa Chili”

  1. Shelby February 7, 2014 at 8:30 am #

    Always a pleasure to share amazing food and company with you!!

  2. Anathalia February 7, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    Sounds delicious! I’m definitely trying sometime soon!


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