Instant Pot Latin Spiced Chocolate Quinoa

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recipe by Pamela Ellgen

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Chocolate and quinoa? It’s not as crazy as it sounds. Both foods have ancient origins and figure prominently in regional cuisines throughout South America. You can use another kind of chili powder than cayenne, but make sure it only contains ground chiles, not onion powder, cumin, or other savory ingredients.

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recipe updated Mar 19, 2020


  • Cayenne pepper icon
    Cayenne pepper
    1 pinch (about 0.13 g)
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder icon
    Unsweetened cocoa powder
    ¼ cup (about 21.5 g)
  • Quinoa icon
    1 ½ cups (about 259.2 g)
  • Dark chocolate chips icon
    Dark chocolate chips
    ½ cup (about 85.2 g)
  • Ground cinnamon icon
    Ground cinnamon
    ½ tsp (about 1.33 g)
  • Water icon
    4 cups (about 960 g)
  • Sugar icon
    ¼ cup (about 51 g)
  • Sea salt icon
    Sea salt
    ½ tsp (about 3.25 g)


  • kCook icon Wooden spoon
  • kCook icon Instant Pot
  • kCook icon Inner pot

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  1. Add cayenne pepper, unsweetened cocoa powder, quinoa, dark chocolate chips, ground cinnamon, water, sugar and sea salt to the inner pot
  2. Stir until well combined
  3. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing
  4. Pressure cook - Manual, High, 5 min
  5. Natural release - 5 min
  6. Release pressure -
  7. Serve
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