Quinoa Chipotle Bean Chili

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp minced jalapeno pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried chopped basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried chopped thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried marjoram leaf
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle pepper powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste mixed with 3/4 cup water 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

If the quinoa is not pre-rinsed, soak the quinoa for 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly and drain well. Heat the oil on medium-high in a Dutch oven or large soup pot. Add the celery, both bell peppers, and onion, and cook stirring for 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables soften a little. Add the jalapeno and garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Stir in the spices and herbs, and cook for 1 minute.
Add the water, beans, tomato sauce mixed with water and quinoa, bring to a boil, cover, and simmer 20 minutes or until quinoa is cooked.
Stir in Worcestershire sauce, taste and adjust for flavor.
Serve hot in big bowls and garnish with fresh cilantro.