Cooking with Aubrey

Quinoa Chili

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have recently seen the large stack of cookbooks I’d taken out from the local libraries. I love flipping through cookbooks, especially ones with wonderful photography, enticing me into the kitchen. This chili recipe was slow to gain my attention, but during
Sunday’s meal planning, I needed a big pot of something and this recipe fit the criteria.

I was pleasantly surprised. The quinoa blended in well with the traditional chili flavors. The best part was for three nights in a row, my 4 year old enjoyed a bowl. In fact, he told me he liked it and said I could make it again. I’m making it again this week. Fingers crossed that he’ll still like it. Hopefully you will too.

Quinoa Chili


  • Olive Oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 medium red peppers, chopped
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 1-2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • ½ cup quinoa


  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes, until softened.
  2. Add the bell peppers and sweet potatoes to the pot and cook for 2 minutes. Add chili powder and cumin and stir for 1 minute. Add the diced tomatoes, beans, vinegar, salt and pepper and 2 cups of water.
  3. Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes. Stir in the quinoa and simmer, stirring often, for about 15 minutes until the sweet potatoes and quinoa is tender. Serve, adding additional toppings as it suits you.

Adapted slightly from: Jessica Seinfeld’s Food Swings

Aubrey Schultz

Aubrey Schulz is a certified nutrition and triathlon coach with Get Out N Play. She works with clients to help them reach their nutritional and athletic goals, in the kitchen, out on the road and in the water! Plus she's knowledgeable about how essential oils can boost your wellness and fitness. You can reach her at

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