Chipotle Quinoa Fritters #SundaySupper

Crispy chipotle quinoa fritters with spicy dipping sauce are a game day hit!

Chipotle Quinoa Fritters | @HealthyDelish

Last fall, I attended a dinner as part of the New York City Wine and Food Festival and one of the biggest hits of the night was a falafel-type fritter made with quinoa, white beans, and broccoli. I’ve been looking for an excuse to play with this idea ever since!

I finally found the perfect opportunity: This week, #SundaySupper is being sponsored by Gallo Family Vineyards and it’s all about game day entertaining. Wine probably isn’t the first thing to come to most people’s minds when they think about football – I know it certainly isn’t for me – but it actually pairs with game day foods really well. Reds go great with meaty dishes like ropa vieja; crisp whites are perfect alongside fried foods.


I created these Chipotle Quinoa Fritters with Gallo’s chardonnay in mind and, as anticipated, the pairing was a huge hit. The fritters were smokey and spicy (but not too spicy!) and came with a fantastic dipping sauce that has the perfect amount of kick. They’re also loaded with protein and fiber from quinoa, chickpeas, and cauliflower. The chardonnay was perfect for washing away any lingering spiciness between bites, so each fritter tasted just as good as the one before.

Chipotle Quinoa Fritters | @HealthyDelish

Chipotle Quinoa Fritters #SundaySupper
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Look for canned chipotles in adobo near the Mexican food at your grocery store. For this recipe you'll use the peppers and the adobo sauce that they're packed in.
Serves: 8
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • ¾ cup finely chopped cauliflower
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 chipotle peppers, finely chopped plus 2 tablespoons adobo
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • oil for frying
  • 1 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons adobo
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Add the cauliflower, garlic, shallot and simmer another 5 minutes, or until all of the water is absorbed.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the mozzarella, chopped chipotles, adobo, and salt. Add the chickpeas and egg; use a potato masher or heavy wooden spoon to mash everything together, breaking the chickpeas down into a relatively smooth paste.
  3. Use a teaspoon to form the mixture into rounds; coat with bread crumbs.
  4. In a large pan, heat 2-inches of oil to 275ºF. Add the fritters and cook until golden brown, 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove from the oil and let drain on a cooling rack set over some paper towels.
  5. While the fritters cool, prepare the dipping sauce by mixing together the yogurt, lime juice, and adobo. Add salt to taste.
  6. Serve the chipotle quinoa fritters and dipping sauce warm or at room temperature.
Recipe adapted from Judith Choate's Quinoa Fritters with YogurtHerb Dipping Sauce
Nutrition Information
Calories: 369 Fat: 12.9 Carbohydrates: 48.9 Fiber: 9.1 Protein: 16.0

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  1. I believe I have found the recipe that will get my husband to eat quinoa. Such tasty little fritters and the sauce is quite nice too.

  2. These are so fun!! I’d definitely prefer them to the typical superbowl food (which is not super, nor is it veg-friendly!). Love the hint of spice.

  3. These fritters look wonderful! I love the addition of chipotle here, and I bet the smokiness would go really well with Gallo’s Chardonnay.

  4. Oh my gosh…I have to have these in my life as soon as possible! They sound amazing, and I love the combination of ingredients…

  5. I absolutely adore this recipe. I’ve been wanting to try a quinoa “cake” or it seems a fritter. Definitely putting on my short-list!

  6. Chipotle quinoa fritters?! oh my goodness. . I love these! totally pinned!

  7. I adore quinoa AND fritters, so your combo has me thrilled! They look delish…and a nice healthy option for any party :)

  8. Quinoa, cauliflower and chickpeas? I am all over this one! Great recipe!

  9. I’ll be right over with a bottle of Gallo Chardonnay (my favorite) so that we can enjoy these together!

  10. I wish I had some of these to eat right now! Bring on the fritters and Gallo Chardonnay!!

  11. I want these… I really do! These fritters look fantastic!

  12. What a great idea! These fritters sound amazing and I love the wine pairing. Yum!

  13. How creative! I love chipotle and quinoa! I’m going to have to make these!

  14. Oh I want some now, Lauren! I’ll bring the wine!

  15. I’m not sure I could stop popping these awesome little bites!

  16. These look so good and honestly, I wouldn’t mind eating a plateful for dinner one night. Who cares about the game!

  17. I can imagine these fritters paired well with chardonnay. I must ask, which oil did you use for frying?

  18. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. I don’t think i’ll wait for game day to make them though. I make cauliflower fritters, but never with quinoa. I’m so excited to make these, Lauren!

  19. Ooh, I’ve been wanting to try making some quinoa fritters. These look great!

  20. I so rarely do fried foods, but for some reasoe I just LOVE fritters! I can’t wait to try these!

  21. I love these Lauren. I made Black Eyed Pea fritters last year and they were so good! Quinoa is such a great grain being a full protein I’m sure these have great nutritional value as well as are delicious!

  22. Mmm these sound good! I’ve only had quinoa once or twice, and that was because somebody else made it. If I do experiment with cooking it, I’ll keep these fritters in mind.

  23. I love how these are sort of similar to falafel (one of my fav foods!) but with a flavor profile from a totally different part of the world. Great recipe, I will be trying to very soon, and maybe putting these into a pita sandwich or something :)

  24. I MUST try these!!! A combination on two of the best kind of fried balls…hushpuppies and falafel!

  25. These sound delicious! I love the deep chipotle flavor with the nutty quinoa!

  26. These sound and look great! I wonder if my husband will notice the quinoa in these, or if he’ll just eat them! I might try baking them, have you tried that at all? I’m just not a huge fan of frying stuff, but these look so good!

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