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Sophie’s vegetarian butternut squash, quinoa & red beans chili

on 07/09/2010

A divine vegetarian alternative stew!

Ready to dig in!

A few days ago, I made this tasty vegetarian chili. It rocked my taste buds,..ooh,..yes!

I served it with a dollop of sheep’s Greek style yoghurt.
MMM…all the way!

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Recipe: For 4 hungry people
Ingredients:
1 large red onion, peeled & finely diced
3 fat fresh cloves of garlic, peeled & finely diced
550 gr of peeled butternut squash, peeled, cut into smaller cubes, each about 2cm x 1 cm
red chili powder, nearly 1 level tablespoon, just a little bit less!
100 gr of quinoa, soaked in cold water for 10 minutes & well-drained
2 x 400 gr good quality cans of chopped tomatoes
3/4 empty tomato can filled with water
2 x 400 gr of red kidney beans, well rinsed & well leaked
coriander leaves: (cilantro ) a small handful, washed, pad dry on kitchen paper, cut roughly
a fruity EVOO
** to serve: Sheep’s Greek style yoghurt or normal Greek yoghurt

Method:
1. Take a large Creuset pan with fitting lid or another big stewing pot with fitting lid. Place this pot on medium heat and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of the fruity EVOO. Heat up. When hot & sizzling, add the chopped onion & garlic & fry until soft. Stir often.
2. Add the chili powder, stir the chili round & fry for about 1 minute to give its aroma’s off. Add a bit more of the EVOO is necessary. Then add the chopped butternut squash, quinoa, 2 tins of chopped tomatoes & 3/4 empty can of tomatoes filled with water. Stir everything well round & cook until it has thickened a lot, the quinoa & the veggies are cooked through. Cook with the lid 3/4 on & it will take about 20 to 25 minutes. From time to time, stir everything well round to prevent sticking or turn the heat a bit down. Take the lid off if you want to.
3. When the stew is nearly ready, in the last 10 minutes or so, add the 2 cans of beans. Stir well through the stew. Heat up the beans. When your stew is ready, taste. It has to taste fabulous!
4. Just before serving, add the roughly chopped coriander leaves ( cilantro ).
5. Serve on a lovely plate with a dollop of sheep’s Greek yoghurt on the side & enjoy with a loved one!

 

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76 responses to “Sophie’s vegetarian butternut squash, quinoa & red beans chili

  1. Barbara says:

    Quinoa in a chili? Great idea, Sophie! Don't you adore butternut squash? So many wonderful flavors in your dish. Yogurt on top is perfect!

  2. Cheryl says:

    YUMMY! I am making this for my mother in law who is a vegetarian and gluten intolerant! Lovely!

  3. wow you always cook wonderfully healthy dishes love it thanks for your kind words to enjoy India we fly tomorrow overall was fun

  4. Fall is perfect chilli weather!

  5. Junglefrog says:

    I love a good chili and this looks delicious Sophie!

  6. Koko says:

    WOW! This looks amazing. What a treat as Autumn approaches! I must make this very soon. Brilliant to use quinoa in the chili!

  7. Christine says:

    We GF folks have to be clever with our grains and you've hit a bull's eye with the quinoa, Sophie! What a great chili you've made here!

  8. Juliana says:

    Wow, so interesting…butternut squash and quinoa…looks yummie!

  9. The butternut squash is perfect. Adds just a bit of sweetness to a hearty chili.

  10. theUngourmet says:

    Such a nice chili recipe, Sophie. I love that you've added quinoa into the mix!

  11. Oooh, thanks Sophie! This looks PERFECT for fall!

  12. Choclette says:

    Yum, I can see why you liked this one – love squash and love quinoa. Don't know what EVOO is though?

  13. tigerfish says:

    I have most of the ingredients you have listed except for the butternut squash I may need to buy right now!

  14. I've never seen quinoa in a chili before, but that sounds like a great idea. Thanks for the inspiration!Also, thanks for adding my blog to the blogroll!

  15. Claudia says:

    Perfect! Now I know what to do with some of that butternut squash overtaking my garden! Love all the tastes and textures.

  16. Oh yay, I just happened to get half of a huge homegrown pumpkin from my mom's friend. This looks healthily delicious!

  17. Velva says:

    I don't think food can get any healthier than this dish. Beautiful.

  18. Fimère says:

    un plat appétissant cela me semble délicieuxbonne journée

  19. That looks great and very warming. I love the idea of having it with some yogurt on the side. This will be perfect for autumn!*kisses* HH

  20. Simply Life says:

    oh what a great idea for chili!

  21. Really delicious with butternut squash and quinoa!

  22. Oh, I love the ingredients in this? Such a wonderful Autumn dish with the butternut squash and the grains. I'll be gearing up to make this one soon, Sophie!

  23. This is a lovely recipe! Very healthy, too 😉 Thank you for sharing!

  24. Foodessa says:

    Sophie…after having looked over those tasty ingredients..I can totally understand your excitement about your great dish.BTW…Autumn is my favourite season…and hopefully sometime next week I'll be getting a great big basket of squashes ;o)Ciao for now,Claudia

  25. Anna says:

    It looks lovely, with all those delicious veggies. I like the yogurt idea.

  26. Sophie, putting butternut squash in your chili is such a great idea. I would never have thought of it. And the Greek yogurt finishes it perfectly.Sam

  27. nandini says:

    quinoa is my new found love… Looks so nutritious and filling… Super good Sophie…Yogurt is even better….

  28. Miriam Leigh says:

    Oh this looks soooooo good! Quinoa is so healthy and you've made it so tasty with the addition of other interesting ingredients. I love a good vegetarian chili… this could become a staple of my fall diet.

  29. Cynthia says:

    This looks so good that I doubt anyone will miss the meat.

  30. MaryMoh says:

    Looks fabulous chili….healthy and delicious…mmm. It's good to eat vegetarian every now and then. Thanks very much for sharing.

  31. grace says:

    sigh. i guess it is time for chili again, isn't it. quinoa is the perfect ingredient for a hearty vegetarian chili–delicious work, sophie!

  32. Claudia says:

    It's nearly chili time here too. I like your vegetarian take on it, and the "hands on" approach in the top photo.

  33. pierre says:

    hi sophie I love quinoa which I have discovered recently !! thaks for this sharing !!it rains today in Paris !!Pierre

  34. Looks like a great dish for the upcoming cold weather.

  35. Cathy says:

    I know i would love this hearty and healthy chili, Sophie. Fall is approaching and this will be perfect on the cold, rainy days that are ahead.

  36. Kerstin says:

    What a tasty chili – I love all the layers of flavor!

  37. Jeannie says:

    This looks like a very tasty chilli, would be perfect eating with flat bread, just wondering how quinoa taste like?

  38. this looks exceptionally delicious, Sophie!!

  39. What a healthy treat, this just sounds amazing.

  40. Forgot to add that I love quinoi but do not use it nearly as creatively as I would like, you're really helping me out here.

  41. Looks super delicious! Perfect season for some real veggie treat!

  42. Hannah says:

    Ah, I guess it's time to breakout the butternut again! Love the idea of using it in chili, it must add wonderful texture and a nice subtle sweetness.

  43. Gulmohar says:

    Awesome…perfect recipe for the cold evenings…

  44. Just wonderful! A great way to use quinoa! This has been bookmarked 😉

  45. Indie.Tea says:

    Wow, it sounds and looks great. The fact that its vegetarian and uses quinoa…makes me so much better than conventional boring ol' chili

  46. What a beautiful dish! Love it, Sophie!

  47. Miam, miam, ce chili au quinoa m'a l'air succulent! j'adore le quinoa, la courge, et les haricots rouges et toutes les épices que tu as mises dans le plat!! A essayer de toute urgence 🙂

  48. I second that … MMMMMM all the way! Very homely, unpretentious good food. 😀

  49. Nadji says:

    Certainement délicieux. J'aime beaucoup tout ce que tu as dedans.A bientôt.

  50. Délicieux comme chili..j'adore la courge pour une touche d'originalité et le quinoa me rend toujours heureuse!bisesronelle

  51. Ruth says:

    Delicious! Been so craving a chilli lately and this is just so healthy too!!

  52. What a great soup for fall! Quinoa, red beans, squash sounds like a great combination.

  53. elra says:

    Delicious, flavorful, and pack with fiber. Well done Sophie, because this is perfect for those autumn chilly night.

  54. Sanjeeta kk says:

    healthy, refreshing and delicious treat! Nice to have come across here, hope to come more often, best wishes.

  55. Mary says:

    I love the ingredients that you have used here. I imagine that this dish is as delicious as it is beautiful. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  56. mangocheeks says:

    Sophie, This is my kind of food.

  57. Jas. says:

    oh wow – this sounds and looks absolutely scrummy – never thought of putting quinoa in chilli – will definitely try this recipe out!

  58. I love the flavours, especially as it has coriander and butternut squash. Delicious

  59. Carolyn Jung says:

    Will the chill of fall in the air, I am so longing for hearty one-pot dishes like this.

  60. Anna says:

    Sophie this looks beautiful, I'm crazy about butternut squash. And the quinoa what a great idea.

  61. Jessica says:

    This looks so good! I am going to try it. Thank you!

  62. Lee Supercharged says:

    Yummy that looks fantastic ! 🙂

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    This looks delicious!! I’m definitely going to have to try it this fall! Thank you so much 🙂 I’ll “post” about it when I do!

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  75. uberdish says:

    Definitely making this! I love the idea of adding fresh cilantro! What a great idea of adding butternut squash, too! They are all over our stores right now.

  76. So yummy! I usually don’t add cilantro to my chili but now I’m totally going to do that!

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