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Easy Black Bean, Quinoa, & Pumpkin Chili (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian, Vegan)

January 17, 2018

This easy Black Bean, Quinoa, & Pumpkin Chili is perfect for those chilly Autumn nights when you want to come home and cozy up by the fire with a bowl of something warm.   I make this crowd pleasing recipe every Halloween and it’s always a hit with kids and adults alike! It is also loaded with hidden veggies (for those picky eaters), protein, and flaxseed.  It’s also perfect for game day!  Basically it’s just perfect all the time.  Ya feel me?

Serves 8 (may freeze leftovers for up to a month)

1 cup cooked quinoa (I cooked 1/2 cup dry quinoa in 1 cup of water for 15-20 minutes until water is absorbed)

1/2 onion (chopped)

2 cloves of garlic (chopped)

28 oz. can of fire roasted tomatoes (unsalted)

3/4 cup pumpkin puree

2 carrots (peeled)

1 red or yellow pepper (seeds removed)

1 t chili powder

1 t paprika

1/4 t cayenne pepper

1/4 t ancho chili powder

1 cup cooked quinoa (I cooked 1/2 cup dry quinoa in 1 cup of water for 15-20 minutes until water is absorbed)

2 T ground flaxseed

2 cans black beans (rinsed and drained)

Cook the quinoa according to package directions.  You can use frozen quinoa or buy cooked quinoa at your groceries salad bar to save time!

Chop the onion and garlic and cook in a large pot with a little cooking spray. Cook over medium heat until soft.

Next pulse the next 8 ingredients (starting with the tomatoes) in a food processor or blender.  It doesn’t have to be completely smooth.  A little chunky is ok.

Add cooked quinoa, black beans,  2 T ground flaxseed, and tomato sauce mixture to the pot with the onions and garlic.  Simmer for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to come together! You can also dump the ingredients into a slow cooker and cook on low for 7 hours.

Serve with sour cream, avocado, cheese, diced tomato, or whatever your favorite chili toppings are!

Even your meat lovers will enjoy this easy chili loaded with hidden veggies!