Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Quinoa Chilli Con Carne

Serves 6

2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
500g minced beef
3 cloves garlic
2tbsp dried oregano
2 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp ground paprika
1/2 - 1 tsp chilli powder
2 tbsp tomato paste
2x400g cans diced tomatoes
salt, to taste
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed & drained
2 1/2 cups boiling water
2x400g cans red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
grated parmesan, to serve
chopped coriander, for garnish
sour cream, for garnish
avocado slices, for garnish

Heat oil in large, deep frypan & sauté onion until soft & golden.
Add beef & continue cooking until browned, breaking up any lumps.
Stir in garlic & cook for 30 sec until fragrant then add oregano, cumin, paprika & chilli & cook for 1 min.
Stir in tomato paste then add undrained tomatoes, salt & water.
Reduce heat, cover & simmer on low for 15 min.
Stir in quinoa & boiling water, cover & simmer for 20 min, stirring occasionally until quinoa is cooked.
Stir in red kidney beans & simmer on low for 5 min until beans are heated through and all flavours have combined.
Rest for 10 min before serving with sprinkling of grated parmesan, some fresh coriander, dollop of sour cream & slices of avocado.

Variation for kids:
Exclude chilli & salt. Garnishes - parmesan, coriander, sour cream & avocado - are optional.

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