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Meatless Mondays: Quinoa chili is a filling meal that will warm you up on a cold winter day

There’s nothing better to fill you up and warm your bones on a cold day than a hot bowl of chili. But what if that chili were meatless, and was packed with lots of great fiber from quinoa? Bonus.


Preperation time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

Serving size: 6



  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2, 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 1, 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1, 4.5-ounce can diced green chilies
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1, 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1, 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups corn kernels, frozen
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves




  1. In a large saucepan of two cups of water, cook quinoa according to package instructions and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large pot. Add garlic and onion and cook, stirring frequently for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in quinoa, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, green chilies, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper and 1 to 2 cups of water. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Reduce heat to low; simmer covered until thickened for 30 minutes. Stir in beans, corn and cilantro and cook for another 2 minutes. Serve immediately.

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