Oat Quinoa chili is the answer, when beans don’t agree with you.
For all of us whose love of beans remains, alas, unrequited, let me say you can make a perfect chili substituting oat, quinoa and rice in any proportion for the feisty beans, so you can have your chili and eat it too! Delicious and gluten-free!
Ground turkey is an ideal choice for oat quinoa chili, as it is so lean and so full of flavor, but any good lean ground meat will be suitable.
You can easily make oat quinoa chili vegetarian.
It has lots of great flavor going for it even without the meat. If beans are no trouble, by all means use them—3 cups in all—but soak them overnight and cook the dish a little longer until the beans are tender. In a pinch, use good quality all-natural canned beans, 6 cups in all, drained and rinsed.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 medium onion, quartered
- 2 ribs celery, peeled and cut in thirds
- 4 large cloves garlic
- 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley
- 1 small bunch cilantro, stems discarded
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut in chunks
- 1½ pounds ground turkey, beef, lamb, or bison (skip for an all-vegetarian dish or substitute 1 pound seitan, diced. In this case, top with shredded cheese, optional)
- 4 cups canned crushed tomatoes
- ⅓ cup tomato paste
- 2 cups dry red wine
- 6 bay leaves, or 1 teaspoon ground
- ⅓ cup chili powder
- 1 cup steel-cut oats
- 1 cup quinoa, thoroughly rinsed and strained
- 1 cup short grain brown rice or barley
- 2 tablespoons ground cumin
- 2 tablespoons oregano
- Salt and ground pepper to taste
Heat the oil in a wide heavy pot.
Make the sofrito:
Coarsely grind in a food processor the onion, celery, garlic, parsley, cilantro, and red pepper, and add the ground mixture to the pot. Sauté until translucent. Add the meat and sauté, breaking up any large chunks, until no longer pink.
Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, wine, bay leaves, chili powder, oats, quinoa and lentils, and 12 cups (3 quarts) water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook covered for 1 hour. Add all remaining ingredients and cook 10 more minutes. Adjust texture and seasonings.
Serve alone or with the usual garnishes: white or brown rice, guacamole (recipe follows), or corn chips.
Makes 8 servings