Published Feb 26th
Easy Mexican Quinoa
Prep 15m Cook 25m Additional - Ready In 40m
Servings 4 servings Calories 340.6

I was craving Mexican, but didn’t have a whole lot in the house, rather than go shopping I threw this together and liked it so much I figured I should share the recipe. Next time I’m going to try adding corn with the tomatoes and kidney beans, perhaps a Mexican cheese blend, and Greek yogurt rather than sour cream. Also, I used the Allrecipes top-rated recipe for taco seasoning rather than a packet from the store.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • 1 ounce taco seasoning mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup sour cream

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat; saute onion in hot oil until slightly softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in quinoa and taco seasoning; saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. 2 Pour water into quinoa mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover the saucepan with a lid, and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir beans and tomatoes into quinoa mixture, cover the saucepan again with the lid, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water is absorbed, about 5 minutes more. Stir Cheddar cheese into quinoa, spoon into bowls, and top each with a dollop of sour cream.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 340.6
  • Carbohydrate 41.3 g
  • Cholesterol 21.2 mg
  • Fat 12.8 g
  • Fiber 9.3 g
  • Protein 13.8 g
  • Saturated Fat 5.5 g
  • Sodium 1002.3 mg
  • Sugar 5 g


  1. I needed to use more Taco seasoning, and it may need some "crunch", like celery, or......?
  2. Really great served with tortilla chips!
  3. Great! I made a double recipe. I only had 1 packet of taco mix so I used some fresh garlic and individual spices for the second pack of taco mix. To make it very low fat I just used olive oil spray initially and used fat free sour cream and fat free shredded cheddar. I - Read more ...
  4. It was good but there wasn't enough liquid for the quinoa to get tender so I ended up adding some chicken broth & cooking it longer. I also substituted canned diced tomatoes for the fresh. Next time I may pre cook the quinoa & simmer together
  5. This tasted great! I think I would like to try black beans in it next time and some corn like the submitter suggested. Great vegetarian meal. The only thing was it took mine about 6 more minutes to cook so that it wasn't soupy. I sprinkled a little more cheese on top when serving. Also - Read more ...