loaded quinoa chili

Living in southern AZ, we don't get many chances to eat chili, soup or anything else hot for that matter. We have about 2 months where we will have sporadic days of cold and you have to capitalize on those. Let me be the first to say that I do not miss winter, honestly. I like snow, but if I drive 1 hour I can play in snow for a bit and then head back home to 75 weather. 

So having today's #freezerlovefriday in the freezer, ready to go for the cold weather, is a must! If you are like the other 85% of the population who gets snowed in a few days a year, you will love this chili!

Loaded Quinoa Chili 

1 cup of shredded chicken (we love using a rotisserie chicken)
1 chopped sweet potato 
1 ½ cups of cooked quinoa
1 can of black beans, drained
1 can of kidney beans
2 cans of chili chopped tomatoes 
Packet of McCormick's Chili Spices 

Cook quinoa per package directions.
In a dutch oven combine all ingredients.

Cook for at least 1 hour. 
Serve topped with cheese, avocados or anything else you can think of!

Super easy and super good!! 

Freezing Directions:
Wait for the chili to completely cool. Add all of the chili into a large Ziploc bag, label and freeze laying flat in the freezer.

No need to let this one thaw before reheating it. Just add all of the contents into the dutch oven, and cook until heated through. Or add to a microwave safe bowl and microwave until heated through. 

Quinoa month has been so much fun! I hope I have spotlighted how truly versatile this little super food can be!! We love it at our house, and hope you have enjoyed some this past month. 
Join me next week as I reveal February Ingredient of the Month!

Happy freezing, 

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  1. Looks amazing! I love quinoa so much and its really healthy! :)

  2. This looks amazing and I love it being a little different than normal. Laci

  3. That sounds delicious! We do quinoa taco salad, so this is perfect

  4. This sounds really good! I live in Minnesota so hot foods are definitely necessary at this time of year. Although our winter this year hasn't been so bad. (I say this as we're anticipating a bunch of snow tomorrow.) I'll be saving this to try later! Thank you!