Quinoa & Roasted Pepper Chili

by Kelli H. on December 14, 2011

Sure doesn’t look like much, huh? Doesn’t look like something you’d like to replace your chili with? Well, I suggest you think again. This vegetarian chili is packed with veggies that are bursting with flavor. It will also warm you up just the same as your big bowl of meaty chili. Plus, you’ve read how good quinoa is for you, right? You do know it’s packed full of protein and I know you know vegetables are good for you.

When I see recipes like this that are a spin on favorite classics, I get really excited, and I have to try them immediately! This recipe was in the December 2011 issue of Cooking Light and you bet I ripped it out for saving as soon as I laid eyes on it.

Quinoa & Roasted Pepper Chili
Recipe adapted by Cooking Light December 2011

2 red bell peppers
2 poblano chiles
1 Tablespoon olive oil
3 small zucchinis, chopped
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, drained & rinsed
1 cup vegetable borth

1. Preheat broiler.
2. Cut bell peppers and poblanos  lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place halves, skin side up, on a baking sheet, and flatten with hand. Broil 10 minutes or until blackened. Place peppers in a paper bag; close tightly. Let stand for 10 minutes. Peel and coarsely chop.
3. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add olive oil to the pan; swirl to coat. Add zucchini, onion, and garlic; saute for 4 minutes. Stir in chili powder, cumin, and paprika; stir for 30 seconds. Add roasted peppers, 1/2 cup water, and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until quinoa is tender.

Notes: In case you aren’t familar with poblano peppers, here’s a picture to help you find them in the store. They will be right next to all the other peppers. They are a pretty mild pepper.

Do you get excited to try classic healthified recipes like I do?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

{JANE} December 14, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I have flagged wayy too many of your recipes to try. I need to start pronto!


Made in Sonoma December 15, 2011 at 8:51 pm

@{JANE} You should make some & let me know if you like them! 🙂


~Aunt Shellie~ October 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I love reading your recipes…you always make me laugh!
I am like you about healthy recipes…this one i am going to make very soon…now that the weather is getting colder at night, this will really warm us up!
Thanks for digging this one out and sharing it. 🙂


Made in Sonoma October 13, 2013 at 11:04 pm

If you do decide to make it, let me know what you think! Glad I could provide you with some laughs. 🙂


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