I was never the biggest fan of meat chili's when I was growing up, the whole idea really confused me. I guess its because I always associated chili with spaghetti bolognase and felt like I was getting ripped off without the pasta. I never really found chili that appetizing but when a friend suggested replacing the meat with quinoa I got quite excited about the idea of making it and the recipe below is the result.
- 1 Can Crushed Tomatoes
- 1 Can Red Kidney Beans
- 1 Celery Stalk Diced
- 1 Onion Diced
- 1 Capsicum Diced
- 1 Zucchini Diced
- 1 Garlic Clove Crushed
- 1/4 Cup Quinoa
- 1 Tsp Paprika
- 1 Tsp Chili Powder
- 1 Tsp Olive Oil
- Tabasco Sauce to taste
- Coriander for garnish
1. Boil a pot of water on the stove.
2. Wash the quinoa under cold running water for around 3 minutes, this will remove the bitter taste and any grit.
3. Pour the quinoa in the boiling water and leave to cook for around 10 minutes or until the quinoa is soft and fluffy, then drain.
4. Place a pan on medium heat and add the olive oil, garlic and onion and cook until golden brown.
5. Add the Capsicum, Zucchini and Celery to the garlic and onion mixture and leave for around 5 minutes or until everything has sweated down.
6. Pour in the crushed tomatoes and then fill the empty can half way with water, swirl the water in the can to remove any of the tomato juice still left in the can and then pour in with the tomato mixture.
7. Add the drained quinoa, paprika, chili powder and a few drops of Tabasco, I used around 6 drops but it depends on your taste.
8. Bring the heat to the boil then cover and reduce heat to a simmer then leave for around 10 minutes or until reduced slightly and thickened up.
9. Once the chili has thickened up add the drained kidney beans and stir for 2 minutes or until everything is completely combined.
10. Divide evenly between 2 to 3 people, serve immediately and garnish with coriander.
The secret ingredient to this chili really is the Tabasco sauce, it gives it that real smokey flavour.
There you have it a delicious and extremely filling chili which only takes 30 mins to cook, freezes well and can altered depending on your taste.
What are your thoughts on Chili?
Do you have any Vegan recipes I should try?
Labels: Chili, Spicy, Vegan, Vegan Recipes, Winter Recipes