If you live in the Midwest and you hear chili you think of a big ol’ bowl of beans, meat and tomatoes. I have turned that classic recipe on its head. This is a great way to sneak in a bunch of veggies and replace the meat with quinoa. The original cost of meat (~$5.00/LB) covers all of the veggies you will be adding to this dish, with a little extra left over to keep in your pocket.
Loaded Veggie Chili
1 bag shredded carrots
2 sweet potatoes, cubed into 1/2 inch pieces
1 yellow onion
1 red pepper, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 cloves of garlic
1 can black beans, drained
1 can chopped tomatoes, in their juices
1/2 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 chili seasoning pack
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
4 tablespoons pepper
1 tablespoon cumin
Pinch of chili flakes
Pinch of hot sauce
Salt, to taste
Pumpkin seeds (optional as topping)
In a large pot add the potatoes, onions, carrots and red peppers. Cook until peppers and onions are tender, about 10 minutes. Add in garlic, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, cumin, onion powder, cinnamon, salt and pepper continue to cook until the cinnamon is fragrant (1-2 minutes). Once your spices are all warmed up add in your black beans, tomatoes quinoa, hot sauce, chili seasoning pack and water. Give it a big stir then cover. Let simmer for 30 minutes or until the quinoa and sweet potatoes are cooked through. Keep an eye on the pot and add more water if needed.
Once the chili is ready, prepare a bowl for yourself and top with pumpkin seeds! xx
PS: Defiantly a vegetarian dish….and 99% sure its vegan…Vegans? Any help here?