I used to make a vegetarian chili quite often before I went gluten free, and used bulgar wheat in it. I just forgot about it until today, and then thought, "Duh! I can use quinoa!" And it came out perfectly,and maybe even better.
A half an hour later, my family was sitting down and eating. The children had been called in from outside, their cheeks rosy from the cold, and chatting all about the new snow fort they had created outside. My daughter, who usually shies away from the soup/stew/chili kind of food polished off her warm steaming bowl in record time. One thing she loved was being able to put toppings on...cheese, pico de gallo, avocado, green onion, sour cream...whatever you have on hand. This meal will definitely be repeated!
Vegetarian Chili - Dairy, Meat, & Gluten Free
1 can black beans, liquid as well
1 can red kidney beans, liquid as well
2 14.5 oz cans diced fire roasted tomatoes
1 medium diced onion
3 carrots, chopped
1 pepper, chopped
1/2 cup quinoa
to taste - cumin, chili powder (I like ancho), salt, pepper, oregano
Put sauce pan over medium heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil. Put carrots and onions in pan for about 5 minutes and stir occasionally. Add quinoa, stir. Sprinkle on spices to taste, stir and cook a few minutes more. Add 2 cans of tomatoes, and add 2 more cans water or broth. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the two cans of beans with the liquid, and chopped pepper. Cook until everything is hot. Serve with whatever toppings you like. We did pico de gallo, guacamole, and green onion.