Easy Mexican Spiced Quinoa

In one pot, make delicious spiced Mexican quinoa and serve with avocado and cilantro over a salad, in a tortilla, or on its own.
By Laney Schwartz

Easy Mexican Spiced Quinoa

Life seems to get so crazy busy sometimes, and it’s important that we remember to fuel our bodies! This Easy Mexican Spiced Quinoa is the perfect quick and easy meal, even for the busiest day of the week.

It’s totally versatile, packed with flavor, and makes great leftovers. Throw everything into one pot and go.

Top with avocado and cilantro for color and a last punch of flavor and you’re ready to eat in 30 minutes.

Easy Mexican Spiced Quinoa

Easy Mexican Spiced Quinoa
 
In one pot, make delicious spiced Mexican quinoa and serve with avocado and cilantro over a salad, in a tortilla, or on its own.
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Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican Inspired
Serves: 4 to 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, small diced
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14.5) can diced tomatoes (not drained)
  • 1 teaspoon chile powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken stock
Garnish
  • Diced avocado
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Lime
Instructions
  1. In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium/high heat. Add the onion and cook for 1 minute. Add the chicken, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 5-7 minutes until chicken is no longer pink. Add the garlic, peppers, black beans, tomatoes, chile powder, cumin, salt and pepper and stir.
  2. Add the quinoa and chicken stock and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat, cover, and simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork and serve with desired toppings. Adding a big squeeze of fresh lime will really help bring out all the flavors!
Notes
*You can easily make this dish vegetarian by leaving out the chicken, and using vegetable stock instead of chicken stock.

 

Laney Schwartz

Laney Schwartz

Laney spends her time being a home cook, mom, wife, workout junkie, and ultra crazy food lover.

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