Mexican Quinoa

Mexican Quinoa

33 Reviews 3 Pics
  • Prep

    20 m
  • Cook

    20 m
  • Ready In

    40 m
Occasional Cooker
Recipe by  Occasional Cooker

“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.”

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Original recipe yields 4 servings


  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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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!

Kris L.

Kris L.

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



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 added a can of rinsed and drained black beans. Of course to make it unhealthy, I added a small dollop of sour cream and a teaspoon of shredded cheddar cheese to mine. I doubt the bf will touch it (he's weary of quinoa), but perhaps if I drown his in cheese and sour cream, he just might touch it. Thanks for the recipe!

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Amount Per Serving (4 total)

  • Calories
  • 244 cal
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 6.1 g
  • 9%
  • Carbs
  • 38.1 g
  • 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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