Simple Quinoa Chili


Serves 4-6


2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2 teaspoons salt

1 green pepper, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons cumin

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

2/3 cup quinoa, rinsed in warm water

1 1/2 cups canned corn (drained)

1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce

1 cup water or broth

1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, drained and rinsed


1) Heat oil in pot over medium heat. Add onions, and sauté until tender. Add salt, garlic, green pepper and spices; sauté for 5-10 minutes. 

2) Add rinsed quinoa and stir until combined. Add corn, tomato sauce, and water or broth to onion/quinoa mixture. Simmer together 20 minutes. 

3) Add beans to the pot and simmer another 15 minutes. Serve with shredded cheese, cilantro, sour cream or whatever else you like to put on chili.  Enjoy!