Roasted Red Pepper and Quinoa Chili (Vegan)

“A super simple and light chili alternative with roasted red pepper, spicy poblano peppers and protein packed quinoa.  You can change up the zucchini for another favorite including additional bell peppers or even beans. Delicious and perfect for an quick weeknight meal.”

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-adapted from Cooking Light

Ingredients

  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 poblano chiles
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 cups chopped zucchini
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes with chipotles, undrained
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable juice

For a more hearty soup add 1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added pinto beans, rinsed and drained

Directions

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Cut bell peppers and chiles in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet, and flatten with hand. Broil 10 minutes or until blackened. Place in a paper bag; fold to close tightly. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel and coarsely chop.
  3. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add zucchini, onion, and garlic; sauté 4 minutes. Stir in chili powder, cumin, and paprika; sauté for 30 seconds. Add roasted peppers and chiles, 1/2 cup water, and remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until quinoa is tender.

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Categories: Beans & Lentils, Mexican/Latin, Recipes, Soup, Vegan

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2 Comments on “Roasted Red Pepper and Quinoa Chili (Vegan)”

  1. January 12, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    Wow – what an incredibly healthy looking dish – I must try! Thanks for sharing!

    • January 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

      I hope you like it! I love all the recipes you post. That vanilla fudge looks heavenly!

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