Entree, Food

Hearty Quinoa Chili Verde

October 27, 2015

The temperatures are dropping and the days are getting shorter here in Seattle – and with that, I’ve been craving more warm, comforting foods. This Quinoa Chili Verde will warm you up from the inside out. It’s loaded with plant-based protein, fiber, and fresh vegetables and will provide you with a nutrient-dense, flavor-packed lunch or dinner.


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large yellow onion, sliced
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 1/2 cups salsa verde (I used Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Roasted Salsa Verde)
5 cups of vegetable broth
2 teaspoons sea salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
15 oz of cooked pinto beans
15 oz of cooked great northern beans
15 oz navy beans
15 oz kidney beans


In a medium pan heat olive oil and sauté onion and garlic until soft and browned.

Add cooked onions and garlic to a medium stock pot and then add broth, beans, salsa, and spices.

Bring all ingredients to a boil and then simmer on a medium heat for 45-60 minutes.

Garnish with fresh avocado, jalapeño, or fresh lime.


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  • Reply Brandee October 27, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    This sounds so good! I tend to think that “comfort” food is not so healthy (and usually is cheese based). Thank you for expanding my food choices and offering a hearty, healthful alternative Hanna!

    • Reply Hannah October 27, 2015 at 11:04 pm

      This is definitely a healthy comfort food, but totally delicious nonetheless! If you get a chance to make it, I know you’ll love it! Thanks for reading my blog! 🙂

  • Reply Frankye Jones October 28, 2015 at 2:09 am

    When do you add the quinoa? Please?

    • Reply Hannah October 28, 2015 at 4:45 am

      Hi Frankye,

      I just toss it in the pot after I’ve added the caramelized onions and garlic and the remainder of the ingredients. It will cook while everything simmers for 45 minutes.

      Hope this helps!

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