I always double the ingredients, including the beef, and use the crockpot method. (See below). This recipe is very versatile and freezes well. Feel free to play around with the types of beans, veggies, liquids and even seasonings.
Optional: 1 lb ground beef (add more liquid for stove top method)
1 can eden organic kidney or black beans, drained (or equivalent dried beans, soaked & cooked–I like to use dried green lentils)
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil (omit for crockpot method)
1 med onion, chopped
2 tsp unrefined sea salt (I use Redmond’s Real Salt)
1 large green or red pepper, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1-2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp Cayenne
2/3 cup quinoa, rinsed in warm water and drained
1 cup fresh or frozen corn (or substitute other veggies-I like to use shredded zucchini, shredded carrots, etc)
1-2 cups organic tomato sauce (I use tomatoe puree from our own garden tomatoes)
1 cup homemade stock or broth
Optional garnish: grated cheese, sour cream, avocado, etc.
Stove top instructions:
1. Heat oil in skillet on medium heat.
2. Add onion, salt, garlic, pepper, and spices; saute for 5-10 minutes.
3. Add rinsed quinoa and stir in.
4. Add corn, tomato sauce, and water to mixture. Simmer together for 20 minutes.
5. Add cooked beans to other ingredients; simmer another 10 minutes.
6. Top each bowl with grated cheese, etc, and serve!
(I ALWAYS make it in the crockpot, doubling all ingredients EXCEPT QUINOA).
1. Brown ground beef on the stovetop. (Sometimes I add the onions and seasonings here).
2. Add beef and all remaining ingredients to crockpot. (You will not need the olive oil for this method).
**You may need to play around with the liquid quantities. I use a combination of home-grown tomato puree and homemade chicken or beef broth. If you use too much liquid, the chili will be soupy. Not enough, and it will burn around the edges. After you make it a few times, you’ll get the hang of how much to add to suit your needs.
3. Cook all day on low. (Because the meat is already cooked, the crockpot-cooking simply cooks the veggies and melds the flavors).
Any other quinoa fans out there?
Looking for quinoa recipes? You may want to try this one: Quinoa Banana Nut Muffins.
Check out more of our favorite ground beef recipes:
- Hamburger Soup
- Healthy Hamburger Helper
- Last Minute Meatballs
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