Tuesday, January 15, 2013

.: taco chili with quinoa :.

i had intentions to post this shortly after the fried rice quinoa recipe, but in all honesty, last week was FULL of celebrating drew's 27th birthday!!! between celebrating with his family and just us two, the week went by quickly, too quickly to get this sucker up!

this recipe is unbelievably easy and healthy (aside from using canned products versus fresh). i made it while drew and i were under the weather and we were feeling some soup - yea, it's that easy! i think i will definitely be making this again soon.

so, here we go:.

taco chili with quinoa:.

>> 1 lb ground beef or turkey (i used ground beef that was stocked in our freezer)
>> 1 can of tomatoes (diced, stewed, whatevs) - about 15 oz.
>> 2 cans of Rotel diced tomatoes with lime juice and cilantro (pictured below)
>> 1 package of taco seasoning
>> 1 package of hidden valley ranch dressing - the dry powder stuff
>> 1 can of pinto beans - about 15 oz.
>> 1 can of chili beans or black beans - whatever you prefer! - about 15 oz.
>> 1 can of whole kernel corn
>> 1 cup quinoa,  cooked

1. brown the meat - once brown, add the taco seasoning and hidden valley ranch dressing with about 1/4 cup water.

2. while the meat is browning, combine all the canned ingredients in a big pot - don't drain them first! i only drained the beans because the liquid they sit in freaks me out, but the rest of the juices are great for flavor!

3. once quinoa and meat are cooked, add them to the big pot.

4. let it simmer for about 15-30 minutes, stirring occasionally (really it just needs to heat and mix up, so you can skip this or let it simmer for longer depending on your time frame).

5. enjoy!!!

that's it! seriously, so, so good! i ate it for dinner that night, lunch and dinner the next day and then lunch again the day after that!

side note** feel free to add or take away ingredients as you prefer. for instance, i left out a chopped onion, but added extra corn. also, i topped ours with cut up avocado, but sour cream is another option. this recipe is simple and pretty generic, so feel free to make your own!

always striving for more,
dee b.

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    1. it is so good and so easy - adding quinoa makes it guilt-free too :) enjoy!

  2. This recipe looks really good! I'm going to have to try it out, my husband loves chili so i'm sure he'll love it! I found your blog off LaurenConrad.com's forum! I'm your newest follower and excited to see your upcoming posts
    XO Courtney
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    1. chili is a great way to introduce quinoa especially to boyfriends, husbands and kids! i've bookmarked your blog, i am excited to keep following your journey - thank you!