Healthy One-Pot Mexican Quinoa

After several weeks of (over) indulging we are trying to get back to our (semi) healthy ways.  I realize I might be about five years late to the quinoa trend….but slowly I am learning yummy ways to eat it! We have basically replaced rice with quinoa.  It makes me feel less ‘carb stuffed’ than rice after a meal.  And obviously it is packed with protein. I might be behind in some food trends…..but better late then never!

This an awesome and filling meal that you can add whatever you have in your kitchen and change the tastes up to your liking! It is pretty easy to put together in less then 15 minutes.  And it’s a ‘one pot meal’.  So clean up is a breeze!

I think the one thing that makes this recipe stand out is using salsa verde  yum.  I love the tangy flavor of tomatillos…..there is just something about the flavors that makes it so good.  And, often I’ll add diced up avacados to it if I have them in my kitchen.

Healthy One-Pot Mexican Quinoa

Makes about (3) 1 cup servings

  • 1 cup of quinoa (rinsed)
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can diced green chilies
  • 1 jar of salsa verde
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • hot sauce (optional)


Prepare quinoa: Add one cup of quinoa and two cups of water to a medium sized pot.  Bring to a boil then lower to simmer, uncovered.  It is ready when you can see the seed inside and the shell is translucent. This takes about 10-15 minutes.

In the meantime, chop up the red pepper into small bite size pieces.  Add to the quinoa as it cooks, so it can cook the pepper at the same time.

Open all of the cans (and rinse off the black beans).

Once the quinoa is ready, dump in the other ingredients and combine. Salt and pepper to taste.  Serve immediately! Enjoy!


2 thoughts on “Healthy One-Pot Mexican Quinoa

  1. What a great take instead of using rice! Makes you indulge without getting the extra bad carbs from rice. Thanks!


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