Best Ever Vegan Quinoa Chili
- 1 medium yellow or white onion, diced ( + coconut or olive oil)
- 3 small or 2 large sweet potatoes, diced (about 1 pound)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt + more to taste
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 3 teaspoons cumin
- 4 cups vegetable broth, low sodium, divided
- 1 cup quinoa, uncooked (you will not need to rinse if using Bob’s Red Mill quinoa)
- 1 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 1/2 cups corn kernels, frozen, canned or roasted
- 1 cinnamon stick
OPTIONAL FOR SERVING:
- lime juice, avocado, fresh cilantro, non-dairy sour cream and/or cheese, as preferred, and plenty of corn bread
In a large pot over medium heat, sauté diced onion in about 2 teaspoons oil until translucent and soft. Add diced sweet potato and spices (all are optional). Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
Add 3 cups vegetable broth and bring mixture to a low boil on medium high heat, then lower heat to medium-low and simmer. Add quinoa, beans, corn and cinnamon stick; cover and cook for 30 minutes more and until the sweet potatoes are fork tender and the chili is thick. Once chili is done cooking, stir in additional cup of vegetable broth. Taste and add more seasonings as needed.
As with all chili and soup recipes, this is best when prepared the night before or has time to sit before serving for a few hours so the flavors can really shine.
Remove cinnamon stick and serve with fresh cilantro, lime juice, avocado, chips, non-dairy sour cream and/or cheese, as preferred.
The quinoa will soak up the liquid of any leftover chili. Before reheating leftover chili, I would recommend adding more vegetable broth or water to thin the chili back out.