October 22, 2013

Meatless Monday: Quinoa and Mushroom Vegetarian Chili

 I am a DEVO Diva which means that every other month they send me sample of their olive oils and balsamics to try in my recipes. This month I decided to make my version of a Quinoa Chili recipe from Pinterest that I have made before. This time I used Wild Mushroom and Sage EVOO by DEVO Olive Oil Co.  and added diced, earthy mushrooms. This recipe is easy and packed full of great flavor! Just like my other Meatless Monday meals it's hearty, tasty, and I promise you won't even miss the meat! 


Makes 6-8 servings
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (1/2 cup uncooked simmered with 1 cup water)
  • 2 Tbsp + 1 tsp Devo Wild Mushroom and Sage extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 8 oz mushrooms, diced (I use a mix of baby bella and shiitake) 
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans crushed tomatoes (or you can used diced)
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (7 oz) can diced green chiles
  • 2 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ancho chili powder 
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 (15 oz) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed (I used one dark red, one light red)
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed 
  • Toppings: shredded cheese, chopped green onions, and sour cream 


  1. Heat olive oil in a large cast iron pot over medium heat. 
  2. Add onion and mushrooms and saute until tender, about 4 minutes, adding in garlic during last 30 seconds of sauteing. 
  3. After cooking quinoa to your liking (I boil for 5 minutes then cover and let sit for 15), fluff with a fork and add 1 tsp olive oil. 
  4. Add in tomatoes, tomato sauce, cooked quinoa, vegetable broth, green chiles, and all spices. 
  5. Bring mixture just to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and stir in all the beans.
  6.  Cover pot and allow to simmer on low 30 minutes.
  7.   Serve with toppings like green onions, shredded cheese, and sour cream.

Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy

Start by heating two tbsp of olive oil in a deep pot and add diced onions and mushrooms.
Cook until softened, about four minutes.
 Then add crushed garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds or so.
Cook the quinoa and set aside.
Here's how I cook it: 1/2 cup quinoa with 1 cup water.
Boil over medium for five minutes then remove from heat and let sit for 15 minutes.
Fluff quinoa with a fork and mix in 1 tsp of olive oil.

Now it's time to mix in all the other ingredients!
Add vegetable broth, green chiles, tomato sauce, and crushed tomatoes.
Next mix in cooked quinoa and all the spices.
Mix all together (look at all those delicious mushrooms!) 
and turn down the heat.
Add beans and cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
The quinoa and mushrooms add a delicious meaty, earthiness that is 
unlike any other vegetarian chili I have ever had!

Packed full of ingredients and flavor!
Garnish with green onions, sour cream, and shredded cheese.
Happy Meatless Monday! You are gonna love this chili!
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