Food Bloggers’ Favorite Chili Recipes

I’m participating in National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) which means I’m blogging every day of November, 2013!

In honor of “chili season” (that’s totally a “thing”, right?), I asked some of my blogging friends for their best chile recipes. I present these food bloggers’ favorite chili recipes to you here in all their glory! There is something for everyone here, I think: we’ve got vegetarian chilies, crockpot chilies, meaty chilies, beef-free (but not vegetarian) chilies, a chili or two that have no beans, and even a tomato-free chili. So rock on and make chili…have an excellent weekend!

Healthy Green Kitchen Chili Recipe Round Up

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Quinoa Salad with Black Beans + Corn

Quinoa Salad from Healthy Green Kitchen

Do you have a favorite summertime potluck dish? I do and you are looking at it!

Quinoa Salad from www.healthygreenkitchen.com

I’ve been making quinoa salad in one form or another for years. I like to play with the beans, veggies, and herbs I add based on what I have in the house/what’s in season. Black beans are definitely my preferred bean, and as soon as fresh local corn starts to make an appearance in markets around here, corn is pretty much a must. I’ve added basil on occasion but cilantro is definitely a better fit with the other elements in this particular salad.

Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Corn

If you are as yet unfamiliar with quinoa, it’s a seed that’s native to the Andes region of South America. I ate it several times when I was recently in Peru, cooked in a stew. While it behaves like a grain, quinoa is actually more nutritious than most grains because it is high in protein, iron, and calcium. Quinoa is also gluten-free.

Quinoa seeds are coated with a bitter substance so you need to rinse quinoa very thorough before cooking. Moreover, quinoa benefits from a several hours-long soak in water in order to deactivate the naturally-present enzymes that bind up the nutrients within. For this reason, on days when I am planning to cook quinoa, I like to place it in a large bowl and cover it with water for 2-3 hours. Then I pour off the water, and rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer before proceeding to cook it.

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Black Bean Chili with Chocolate

black bean chili

I’ve been making Black Bean Chili With Chocolate for years, but for some reason, I never got around to posting it here on the blog. I personally don’t give a hoot about football, but I know lots of you out there feel differently; I figured I’d post the chili now because if you’re planning your … Read more