Mexican Quinoa

Mexican Quinoa

Occasional Cooker 69

"As a healthier alternative to Mexican or Spanish rice, this version uses gluten-free quinoa instead of rice for its additional protein and fiber and great taste. However, it still has all the great flavor and spices of your usual Mexican or Spanish rice dish."


40 m servings 244 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 244 kcal
  • 12%
  • Fat:
  • 6.1 g
  • 9%
  • Carbs:
  • 38.1g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 8.1 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Sodium:
  • 986 mg
  • 39%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir quinoa and onion in the hot oil until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and jalapeno pepper to quinoa mixture and cook until garlic is fragrant and slightly softened, 1 or 2 more minutes.
  2. Mix undrained can of diced tomatoes with green chiles, taco seasoning mix, and chicken broth into quinoa mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until liquid has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in cilantro.
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  1. 95 Ratings


I have had one similar, but a lot easier to make! Just put everything all together in 2 qt casserole dish, quinoa uncooked, cover and cook on 350 for 30 min. Remove, stir, and put back in 15-20 ...

Love the taste of this! I think I'll have the leftovers for breakfast tomorrow! I'll start my day off in an exciting way!

I loved this! I followed exactly as written, including using a fresh diced jalapeno. I did get a bit nervous when the quinoa took longer to cook than I'm used to, but it came out perfect! I too ...

I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, but it has a texture my family just doesn't like.

I Loved this recipe, and it could be used as a main dish or's how. I sauteed, several small sweet peppers along with a red onion, added the quinoa to toast it. After a few minutes a ...

My wife and family loved it. If you wanna make this a meal you can sautee some shrimp put it on top when the quinoa is done then sprinkle it with cheese and bake at 350 for 15 min or until chees...

Delish! Make sure to use low-sodium chicken broth or it will be too salty.

Too salty, cut back on taco seasoning possibly, would've been better otherwise

Loved it! First time I cooked quinoa, and I'm now a fan. This recipe really enhances the quinoa and as usual, I read reviews before making so that I can modify to make it even better!