Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Quinoa and Sweet Potato Chili

Quinoa and Sweet Potato Chili in bowl, with spoon and napkin in background

So tasty, you’ll never miss the meat

Quinoa recipes are everywhere these days—for good reason. Quinoa is loaded with nutrition, and it’s a great source of protein. People are putting it into salads, soups, you name it.

So why not chili? It may sound strange, but it works really well. So if you’re looking for a dish that can feed a crowd—with appeal to vegans and carnivores alike—look no further.

You’ll have to take a short trip to read the recipe, though. Today I’m guest posting at Wendy’s Cooking Quinoa, so you’ll need to read the recipe there. You want the direct link? Read on.


Quinoa and Sweet Potato Chili in bowl, overhead view on black

Recipe: Quinoa and Sweet Potato Chili

You can find my recipe for Quinoa and Sweet Potato Chili at Cooking Quinoa. Here’s a teaser from that post:

Super Bowl Sunday is coming up soon, which means party time for many of us. Are you looking for a hearty dish to serve—and one that’s relatively healthy? Well, this Quinoa and Sweet Potato Chili may be it.

You say football isn’t your thing? No problem. When you make this great-tasting chili, you’ll be a winner, no matter what! 

This week and next is all about Super Bowl food here at Kitchen Riffs, too. And for watching the big game, nothing beats a bowl of chili. So after you read the Quinoa and Sweet Potato Chili recipe that I’m guest posting on Cooking Quinoa (thanks, Wendy!), come back to our site—and read on for more football-appropriate chili recipes.

Quinoa and Sweet Potato Chili in bowl, with spoon and napkin in background
Quinoa and Sweet Potato Chili

A Cavalcade of Chili

We love chili here at Kitchen Riffs, so we’ve posted many recipes for it over the years. My new Quinoa and Sweet Potato chili is a riff on the Sweet Potato Chili with Black Beans that I did a couple years back. Like the quinoa chili, that one is vegan. I’ve also made a great Vegetarian Chili that you might want to check out.

If you like the idea of sweet potatoes in chili, but want some meat too, then try our Chunky Pork and Sweet Potato Chili. Sweet potatoes bring out the best in pork, and both ingredients work well in a spicy chili.

Speaking of pork, you may also like our Pulled Pork and Green Chile Chili. If you have leftovers from making our Oven Slow-Cooked BBQ Pulled Pork, this dish is the perfect place for them. If not, the chili recipe has instructions for making a quicky pulled pork.

Or maybe you’re looking for a basic ground beef chili. If so, check out the recipe in our post on Chili Basics—where you’ll also read all about the difference between chile (with an “e”) and chili (with an “i”).

Quinoa and Sweet Potato Chili in bowl, with spoon and napkin in background
Quinoa and Sweet Potato Chili

Sounds Strange, Tastes Terrific

“At first I thought the idea of using quinoa in chili was weird,” said Mrs. Kitchen Riffs, spooning a mouthful. “But this really works.”

“And quinoa is a great source of protein,” I said. “So this chili is not only tasty, but nutritionally good stuff.”

“Of course, lots of people don’t think protein is protein unless it’s delivered in the form of meat,” said Mrs K R.

“No worries,” I said. “Our next post, this coming Sunday, will be on Meat and Potatoes Chili.”

“Sounds like an instant classic,” said Mrs K R.

“Yeah, when I was a kid, I thought meat and potatoes were the two main food groups,” I said.

“Well, there’s also dessert,” she noted.

Count on Mrs K R to put things in perspective.

You may also enjoy reading about:
Kale, Quinoa, and White Bean Soup
Lentil, Quinoa, and Zucchini Salad
Summer White Bean and Quinoa Salad
Chili Basics
Sweet Potato Chili with Black Beans
Pulled Pork and Green Chile Chili
Chunky Pork and Sweet Potato Chili
Vegetarian Chili
Oven Slow-Cooked BBQ Pulled Pork
Or check out the index for more recipes

92 comments:

  1. You can never have too many chili recipes, John! I love how quinoa can take the place of meat in certain dishes - quite amazing how satisfying it can be, actually.

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    1. Hi Donalyn, I agree about never having enough chili recipes -- we eat it almost every week during cool/cold weather! And quinoa is good stuff. Thanks for the comment.

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  2. I've had chili on my mind lately, so this is perfectly timed! Quinoa and sweet potato sound great here. Love that jalapeno garnish too.

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    1. Hi Lisa, it's not a traditional chili, but it's awfully good. Worth trying! ;-) Thanks for the comment.

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  3. Good Morning John , What a delicious dish , love all the ingredients , putting sweet potato and Quinoa was a great idea , yeah , it will be on serve at our super-bowl in-house tail gate .It's also a great comfort food . Thanks for sharing .
    P.S. My kids gave you a new name ;That Man Sure Can Cook :-D

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    1. Hi Nee, your kids are so sweet! And this is really something worth trying. ;-) Thanks for the comment.

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  4. It is so chili out there in blogland! So many great chili recipes floating around. This looks like another superduper one. Perfect for a fresh start in the new year!

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    1. Hi Abbe, 'tis one of the big season for chili -- the Superbowl! And since the sweet potatoes are orange, I'd think you'd find this particularly appealing (since your team's color is orange, too!). Thanks for the comment.

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  5. I make all sorts of non traditional chilies and agree they can please crowds of folks. In fact I've considering a pork and butter bean chili and your experiment here has inspired me to move forward. GREG

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    1. Hi Greg, I'm fond of traditional chili, but it's so much fun to experiment! Thanks for the comment.

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  6. What a great idea with the sweet potato. I can't wait to try this one!!

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    1. Hi Squishy Monster, isn't this nice? You'll enjoy. ;-) Thanks for the comment.

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  7. Leave it to the blogging community to come up with amazing ways to use Quinoa. I even saw a recipe for Quinoa Cookies the other day. I have been to Wendy's blog many times. She has some innovating Quinoa recipes on her blog. I'll be popping over for a visit when I leave here:)

    Thank you so much for sharing, John...

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    1. Hi Louise, I could see quinoa cookies! Although I think most of the time it works better in savory dishes. Thanks for the comment.

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  8. I thought sweet potato and tomato sounded unappealing, but turns out it is delicious so I need to give this a try.

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    1. Hi Madonna, sweet potatoes and tomato does sound a bit odd, but they work well together. And this recipe is wonderful! Thanks for the comment.

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  9. I love the addition of quinoa AND sweet potato. ULTRA healthy and it sounds delicious. I'm personally tired of the "normal" chili and love the chili twists out there!

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    1. Hi Laura, normal chili is good stuff, but I agree it's so nice to change it up! Thanks for the comment.

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  10. I cannot wait to check out the recipe. Quinoa in chilli sounds really healthy and loved the closeup shot.

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    1. Hi Shibi, it's such a fun recipe! Thanks for the comment.

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  11. I just came home with a new bag of quinoa! Wow you put quinoa in chilli! Now I want to try that! Congrats on the guest post. I'll jump and take a look now!

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    1. Hi Nami, quinoa in chili works really well! You'll like. ;-) Thanks for the comment.

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  12. I like the idea of Quinoa Chili, do you think this would also be good as a soup?

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    1. Hi Peachy, isn't this a fun idea? Quinoa works well in soup, too -- right at the end of the post I have some links to other recipes, and the first one is for a soup that uses quinoa. Thanks for the comment.

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  13. Sounds like a delicious recipe, John. I like quinoa, but it doesn't like my digestive system. What a pity, I would have loved to try this one!

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    1. Hi Lizzy, too bad quinoa doesn't agree with you, but if it doesn't you don't want to fight it! Thanks for the comment.

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  14. The Hotly Spiced Kitchen loves chilli too. And we love quinoa. Like you say, it's not only terrific for you it also has protein. I would love this dish xx

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    1. Hi Charlie, isn't quinoa good stuff? And chili is terrific stuff! ;-) Thanks for the comment.

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  15. Yes, you are right, I never thought adding quinoa to chili, but after reading the ingredients in it, I can imagine how I would not miss the meat...looks delicious John!
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you are having a nice week :D

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    1. Hi Juliana, this is such a great recipe -- I think you'd enjoy it. Thanks for the comment, and I hope your week is wonderful, too.

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  16. I stopped eating meat a while back. Just like that one day I decided that it will be interesting to see what all can I cook without meat. Quinoa invariably is one thing I fall back on, time and again followed by beans, lentils and eggs.

    I have made a lot of chillis with quinoa and I am adding this recipe to the bunch. It will be so filling with the sweet potatoes and love that you used the chilE :)

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    1. Hi Anshi, I could probably do quite nicely without meat, although I like it enough I'm not going to try! But you'll never miss it in this dish. ;-) Thanks for the comment.

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  17. Can't say sweet potato chill isn't perfect, but I love the idea of quinoa! How delicious :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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    1. Hi Uru, isn't quinoa a fun ingredient in chili? It really adds a lot! Thanks for the comment.

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  18. LOVE chili and I'm always looking for new recipes, especially vegetarian recipes for the spicy stuff. ;)

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    1. Hi Pamela, the spicier the better! Thanks for the comment.

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  19. Quinoa and sweet potato chili?! Already look and sounds amazing :)

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    1. Hi Kiran, it's really a nice combo -- work very well. ;-) Thanks for the comment.

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  20. I love quinoa and have had it in many different ways - but this chili is unique and sounds totally delish! I was reading your recipe and do have a question - it might be a stupid one - but what is "neutral oil" ?

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    1. Hi Shashi, a neutral oil means one without any flavor -- like canola oil, for example. You could definitely use a non-neutral (flavored) oil like corn oil if you'd like -- this dish is flavorful enough I doubt if you'd really taste any oil! Thanks for the comment.

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  21. Yum, always loved quinoa, this looks delish and impressive for a lunch.

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    1. Hi Candy, this is a terrific dish, and the quinoa add a lot. Thanks for the comment.

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  22. Back in the late 80's I worked for a caterer who loved quinoa. She put the stuff in everything. She was way ahead of her time. My favorite dish of hers was her tabouleh made with half bulgur and half quinoa. It was really good. This looks like a delicious way of using it too. Thanks for this delicious recipe.

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    1. Hi Karen, boy, she really was ahead of her time! I forget when I first learned about quinoa, but I don't think it was much more than 10 years ago or so, and I really never started using it until about 5 years ago. Or maybe I'm just behind! ;-) Thanks for the comment.

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  23. All I can say is Yum! I can just taste it with your ingredient list. Perfectly healthy and lots of spice. Super Bowl or for any day you just need a little filling warmth in your life!

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    1. Hi Bam, it's really a fun chili -- all the flavor you want, and just a bit healthier. Thanks for the comment.

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  24. i LOVE this chili! I'm quite fond of vegetarian chili, if only because to me, chili is "heavy" anyway, so it seems lovely to have one that's not overly so. I'll take anything packed with sweet potatoes, and i love quinoa for all it can do (and it can do so many things!) so this one is going on the Pinterest board for a future date. Great recipe!

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    1. Hi Shannon, I really like veggie chili too -- the chile flavor seems to shine more. Although I'm not going to abandon the meat versions -- you know, variety is the spice of life etc etc. ;-) Thanks for the comment.

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  25. Fantastic chili recipe, you have here and so alluring on these cold days of winter. Great post!

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    1. Hi Dan, it's gotten really cold here again (not as cold as the weather you get, but unusually cold for St. Louis), so chili is definitely on the dinner menu! Thanks for the comment.

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  26. Congrats on the guest post.
    I love quinoa and this chili sounds delicious. A nice way to make a vegetarian and a healthier version.

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    1. Hi Asha, this really is delish chili. And one, as you point out, that vegetarians can eat! Thanks for the comment.

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  27. This sounds great, I love quinoa. Perfect for a cold grey January day.

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    1. Hi Caroline, this chili really has a lovely flavor. And we're having really cold weather at the moment, so it's so comforting! Thanks for the comment.

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  28. This looks like a great take on chili/chile. Now I'm curious - I have to check out that link and find the difference!

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    1. Hi Beth, it really is a great dish - tons of flavor. Thanks for the comment.

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  29. I'm off to go check out the recipe. Quinoa has replaced rice in my house. We love the stuff!

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    1. Hi Kristi, we're using quinoa a lot, too, although I still use rice. Thanks for the comment.

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  30. Your chili looks delicious. I never thought of putting quinoa in chili. What a healthy addition.

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    1. Hi Dawn, the quinoa works really well -- instant protein! Thanks for the comment.

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  31. I am so behind on reading your lovely blog, I will catch up this weekend for sure! Hubby and I love football, and love enjoying chili on Super Bowl Sunday! Your addition of quinoa in chili has to be DELISH!!!! Fabulous, Take Care, Terra

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    1. Hi Terra, quiona really is a fun addition to chili -- totally worth trying. ;-) Thanks for the comment.

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  32. Definitely a unique way to use quinoa! Never thought about putting into chilli, but it looks and sounds wonderful! I can't wait for the meat and potatoes chilli :)

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    1. Hi Nazneen, the quinoa chili is a lot of fun, and the meat and potatoes chili even more so! Thanks for the comment.

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  33. A great idea! This wholesome chili must taste really good.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Hi Rosa, it really is a pretty healthy dish. Unless you eat too much, which is so easy to do because it tastes so good! Thanks for the comment.

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  34. This sounds wonderful and it's so colorful. I love that chili has a zillion varations.

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    1. Hi Chris, isn't it fun that we can do so much with chili? Such a versatile dish! Thanks for the comment.

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  35. My goodness, what a chili. I love quinoa but I'd never think about putting it in chili - I bet it tastes SO good! I'm off to visit the guest post now. :)

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    1. Hi Maureen, it's really a nice way to use quinoa. But anything in chili is nice! Thanks for the comment.

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  36. I love sweet potato, I think it is my favourite vegetable, so comforting and tasty. Add it to a chilli is such a good idea, I can't wait to try it.

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    1. Hi Julie, sweet potato is an outstanding addition to chili -- it just works. Thanks for the comment.

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  37. Ooh, I love the idea of adding quinoa to chili! It's definitely chili weather around here! Off to read your guest post :)

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    1. Hi Liz, it's a bit different, but awfully tasty! Thanks for the comment.

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  38. Great idea of adding sweet potato! Great chili recipe!

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    1. Hi Sarah & Arkadi, sweet potato and chile flavors really make each other even better! Thanks for the comment.

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  39. I love, love, love quinoa, but never thought about adding it to chili! What a great idea to add great consistency. And I also can't ever get enough of sweet potatoes, so I would truly enjoy this recipe!

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    1. Hi Kristi, quiona really works amazingly well in chili. Really worth trying! Thanks for the comment.

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  40. Love this recipe, John! I've been eating a lot of quinoa lately but not in my chili; this recipe will change that. That jalapeno was very well-placed and it's calling my name!

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    1. Hi Kristy, nothing better than a well-placed jalapeno. ;-) This really is a good dish -- very much worth making. Thanks for the comment.

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  41. John this is brilliant. I love the idea of quinoa in chili. Plus this is just so darn pretty.

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    1. Hi Kim, isn't this pretty? I have to admit I do have a weakness for pretty and shinny. ;-) Thanks for the comment.

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  42. Never tried Quinoa before but have heard it is very healthy for your body. Now with chili, I think this is a must try recipe. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Hi Amira, quionoa is really good stuff - loads of nutrition, interesting flavor. The downside is it's rather expensive (difficult to grow in much of the world, so there's limited supply). Thanks for the comment.

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  43. Sorry, John. So behind in my reading. Disregard my sweet potato suggestion from your most recent chili post. LOL

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    1. Hi Debra, :-) Actually I like that idea! Although my Meat and Potatoes Chili uses white potatoes, sweet potatoes work so well in chili, I'll bet they'd be good in that one. They're certainly good in this one! Thanks for the comment.

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  44. What a great idea - I wouldn't have thought of adding it to Chili!

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    1. Hi Amanda, although certainly not traditional, quiona really adds a bunch to chili. Totally worth making. ;-) Thanks for the comment.

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  45. I've been meaning to try quinoa for a while and I think you might have just finally convinced me that healthy food can be tasty! This is such a creative dish and I can totally have this and the other meat and potato chili any day this week :) Great recipe!

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    1. Hi Yi, this is really an interesting dish! Quinoa works well in this, and the flavor of sweet potatoes and chile powder is such a natural pairing. Thanks for the comment.

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  46. John, I love all your chili recipes here! And spicy quinoa chili sounds very appealing. What a terrific recipe. We are gearing up for our Super Bowl viewing here - lots of blue and green spirit!

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    1. Hi Hannah, this really has loads of wonderful flavor. Great for the Super Bowl -- hope it's a fun game! Thanks for the comment.

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