Slow Cooker Black Bean Quinoa Stew

DSC01058Ingredients
½ C uncooked quinoa
1 C dried black beans (I’m not entirely sure what this translates to for canned black beans – probably 2 15oz cans would be my guess)
DSC010561 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
DSC010541-2 dried chipotle peppers
3-1/2 C water or broth

Preparation
Pretty much the only thing that needs preparation for this recipe is the black beans. Soak the beans overnight. Rinse thoroughly, then put in a pot to boil while you chop the veggies. Let them simmer for at least 20-30 minutes, until mostly tender (they will finish cooking in the crock pot).

If desired, sauté the veggies until cooked (but really, why make more work for yourself?)

DSC01062Cooking
Combine ingredients in a crock pot. Mix well. Mix occasionally while cooking, otherwise the quinoa will settle to the bottom and you’ll end up with a thoroughly cooked quinoa crust.

Cook on high 4-6 hours (though 5 should be plenty) or low for 8-10 hours, but cooking time will vary depending on your crock pot. Remove cinnamon stick and chipotle peppers before serving.

DSC01065_editedGarnish with avocados, salsa, or other such delicious foods.

Makes 4 large servings, or 6 small servings

Variations
The chipotle peppers add a nice smoky flavor to the stew, but it still comes out a bit on the bland side for me. I’ve added a package of taco seasoning before, which noticeably increases the overall spiciness of the dish.

Enjoy!

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