Sunday Simmer: Quinoa White Chili

pots kitchen dinnerIngredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced (about 1½ cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 4 cups cooked cannellini (white kidney) beans (or 2 15-ounce cans, drained)
  • ¾ cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed under cold water and drained
  • 5-6 dashes Tabasco sauce (optional)
  • Fresh lime wedges and other optional toppings such as fresh cilantro, sour cream or Greek Yogurt, or shredded jack cheese

  • Remove blackened peppers from the oven and carefully tent a large piece of foil over the top. This helps the peppers to “sweat” and will make the skin easier to peel off when it’s time.
  • While the poblanos are cooling, assemble the rest of the chili. Heat the olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the diced onions and green peppers. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 5-6 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, oregano, cumin, smoked paprika, cloves, and salt. Cook, stirring, for one minute.
  • Add a cup or so of broth and stir to make sure all the bits of flavor are scraped up into the broth. Carefully pour into the slow cooker along with the remaining vegetable broth, cannellini beans, quinoa, and Tabasco if using.
  • Carefully peel the skin off of the poblanos and remove the stem. Remove the seeds for a milder chili; keep them for a hotter chili. Finely dice and add to the Crock Pot. Stir gently to mix all of the ingredients together.
  • Cook on low for 8 – 10 hours, or on high for 3 – 4 hours until the quinoa is tender and the chili is relatively thick. Taste and add additional salt and pepper to taste.
  • Scoop into bowls and squeeze a lime wedge over each serving. Garnish with additional toppings if desired.


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