*I removed the seeds and ribs of my jalapeno, but leave them in if you want more heat.
*Read the label when buying fire roasted tomatoes. Some have added chilis and therefore can be very spicy, too spicy for my kids. Mine did not have any extra spice. Again, get the spicy ones if you like more heat.
*You can also add some cayenne pepper when you add the spices. I think I'll do that next time. For us, 1/8 teaspoon will give just the slightest hint without being too spicy for my kids. If you like the heat, add more, maybe a 1/2 teaspoon to one teaspoon. If you're not sure, always start with less.
*Any kind of corn is fine, fresh off the cob, frozen or canned. Drain it if it's canned. Mine was frozen and I added it without thawing.
*Make sure you rinse your quinoa. It has a protective outer coating that can be bitter, so rinse thoroughly before cooking.
*We loved this so much that I made a double batch last time so I could have leftovers. The leftovers weren't as good as I thought they would be, until I realized that the mixture really just needed more moisture to bring it back. If you do have leftovers, just add more liquid when reheating it. I just added more vegetable broth and all was good again. I probably added 1/4 to a 1/2 cup, but you'll have to eye it based on how much you have. Start with less. You can always add more.
Adapted from Damn Delicious
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