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Blogging Marathon# 61: Week 3/ Day 3

Theme: Dishes using Root Vegetables

Dish: Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili

For the final day of this week’s marathon I made a hearty and comforting chili with sweet potato, quinoa and black beans. This is a one pot meal that is great to make on a weeknight too.

Sweet potato is a tuberous root with a smooth skin with different colors like yellow, orange, red, brown, purple and beige. Even the color of the flesh differs from one variety to the other from beige, through white, red, orange and purple. Something new that I learnt is that the sweet potatoes with white or pale yellow flesh are less sweet and moist than those with red or orange flesh.

My family loves sweet potato fries and these spelt parathas that I tried recently were also a big hit. This curry with peanut sauce is also one of my favorite.

Today’s dish is a spicy and delicious chili. Idea for this dish came from a meal we had at Ikea. Ikea has been serving some amazing vegetarian dishes recently including veggie meatballs. They serve the meatballs with hearty sweet potato-quinoa chili and steamed veggies.

I tried to recreate the same at home. I made it spicy, but tone down the spices for a milder dish. Sweet potato and quinoa cook around the same time making this a delicious one pot meal which can be made in about 30~45 minutes. Serve with the toppings of choice, crumbled tortilla chips, sour cream and shredded cheese are my favorite.

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Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili Yum
Recipe for spicy and delicious vegetarian chili made with sweet potato, quinoa and black beans. It's a hearty and filling one pot meal.
Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili
Course main course
Cuisine tex mex
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 2 Sweet potatoes Medium , peeled and diced
  • 1 cup Quinoa , rinsed and drained
  • 1 Onion Medium , diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic , minced
  • 1 cup Black beans Cooked
  • 1 cup Tomato puree
  • 2½ ~ 3 cups Vegetable stock Water or
  • ½ ~ 1 tsps Chili powder (adjust as per taste)
  • 1 tsp Cumin Ground (adjust as per taste)
  • ¼ ~ ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper (adjust as per taste)
  • To taste Salt Pepper &
  • 3 tbsps Cilantro , finely chopped
  • Tortilla Chips As needed (for serving)
  • 1 Avocado , peeled and diced (for garnish)
  • Cheese As needed Shredded
  • Sour Cream As needed
Course main course
Cuisine tex mex
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 2 Sweet potatoes Medium , peeled and diced
  • 1 cup Quinoa , rinsed and drained
  • 1 Onion Medium , diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic , minced
  • 1 cup Black beans Cooked
  • 1 cup Tomato puree
  • 2½ ~ 3 cups Vegetable stock Water or
  • ½ ~ 1 tsps Chili powder (adjust as per taste)
  • 1 tsp Cumin Ground (adjust as per taste)
  • ¼ ~ ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper (adjust as per taste)
  • To taste Salt Pepper &
  • 3 tbsps Cilantro , finely chopped
  • Tortilla Chips As needed (for serving)
  • 1 Avocado , peeled and diced (for garnish)
  • Cheese As needed Shredded
  • Sour Cream As needed
Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili
Instructions
  1. Heat 1tbsp olive oil in a medium saucepan, add onion, garlic and cook for 3~4 minutes or until the onion turns translucent.
  2. Next add the tomato puree, chili powder, ground cumin and cayenne pepper. Cook for 4~5 minutes.
  3. Add chopped sweet potatoes, stir well and cook for few minutes.
  4. Next add the drained quinoa, vegetable stock or water, black beans, salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil; lower the heat, cover the pot and cook for 18~20 minutes or until quinoa is cooked through and sweet potato is tender.
  5. If the chili looks too thick, add some water to get the desired consistency. Taste and adjust the seasonings accordingly. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot or warm with toppings of choice.
Recipe Notes

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 61.

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15 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili”

  1. Your post is so delicious. I love sweet potato. I have heard first time this recipe with Quinoa. I don’t no quinoa available in India or not. But this is gluten free so I have to give some effort to find it. So that I can try this recipe.RegardsDopeShop

  2. Gosh your picture makes me want to grab it right away Pavani..even with those broccolis (I know your lil one loves it, I don’t..:))..I want that plate right now!

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