The weather this week has been windy, rainy, cold and totally calls for a cozy bowl of healthy chili, right? Here is our CK Quinoa & 3 Bean Chili…gluten-free, diary-free, sugar-free and 100% delicious. If you prefer more heat in your chili, add a little chipotle powder and toss a few more diced jalapeno peppers on top.

Note: we mention using canned beans in the recipe below for convenience however, if you have the time to use dried beans, that is always best for texture and flavor.

CK Quinoa & 3 Bean Chili

Ingredients:
1 cup golden organic quinoa, cook according to directions and set aside
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 small Vidalia onion, finely diced
3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely diced
2 large red bell peppers, seeded and finely diced
3 carrots, peeled and finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup frozen fire roasted corn, thawed
1 15.5 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15.5 ounce can white northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 15.5 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 24 ounce can organic crushed tomatoes
3 cups organic gluten-free vegetable broth
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons cumin
1 tablespoon coriander
1 teaspoon turmeric
sea salt (we prefer locally made Duxbury Saltworks) and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Toppings:
1 avocado, pitted and diced
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced
2 tablespoons salted and roasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Method:

1. Warm olive oil in a large dutch oven (or a deep, oven-proof skillet). Add onion, peppers, garlic and carrots and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.

2. Add all spices, sea salt and black pepper and cook for additional 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.

3. Add tomatoes and broth – bring to a gentle boil then reduce heat to medium-low.

4. Add beans, corn, prepared quinoa and lime juice and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

5. Remove from heat and serve immediately in individual serving bowls, offering the opportunity for each person to add their own toppings.

Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or freeze for up to 2 months.