Black Bean & Quinoa Chilli Recipe | Abel & Cole

Black Bean & Quinoa Chilli

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Black Bean & Quinoa Chilli

This chilli is flavoured with a classic mix of Tex-Mex spices including fragrant oregano and cumin, and hot cayenne. It’s stuffed with soft, nutty black beans and lots of fresh organic veg, with extra texture and a punch of protein from quinoa.

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  • 1 onion
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery stick
  • 1 garlic clove
  • A handful of flat leaf parsley
  • 75g quinoa
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 400g black beans
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 200ml boiling water

Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 35 mins

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1. Peel and finely chop the onion. Warm a medium pan on a medium heat for 1 min, then add 2 tsp oil and the onion. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring now and then, for 8 mins till the onion has softened.
2. While the onion fries, halve the pepper and scoop out the seeds and white pith. Finely chop the pepper. Trim and peel the carrot, then finely dice it. Trim the dry ends off the celery stick and finely chop it. Add the pepper, carrot and celery to the onion and cook, stirring once or twice, for 8 mins till all the veg have softened.
3. While the veg fry, peel and grate or crush the garlic. Finely chop the parsley stalks (keep the leaves for later). Tip the quinoa into a sieve and rinse under cold water for 1-2 mins (this washes off the soapy coating).
4. Stir the garlic and parsley stalks into the veg. Add 1 tsp each dried oregano and cumin. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper – it's spicy so use as much or as little as you prefer. You can always add more later. Stir to mix well.
5. Drain the beans and stir them in with the quinoa. Tip in the tin of chopped tomatoes. Pour in 200ml boiling water. Pop on a lid and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 12-15 mins. Stir every so often till the chilli thickens and the quinoa cooks and becomes tender.
6. Roughly chop the parsley leaves. Have a taste and add a pinch more salt, pepper or cayenne if it needs it. Spoon into warm.
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Really tasty. We found it was enough for 3 portions with a flatbread on the side.