Mexican-Spiced Vegetable Quinoa

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One pot Mexican-spiced vegetable quinoa loaded with bold flavors and healthy ingredients. Protein, fiber, and vegetables in each delicious spoonful.

Mexican-spiced vegetable quinoa in a large pot

Are you a big fan of the robust flavors of Mexican cuisine? If so, you are in for a treat! This Mexican-spiced vegetable quinoa is everything you want in one big hearty bowl. I’m always on the search for new ways to spice up healthy meals.

I cook quinoa at least twice a week and usually keep it simple. I wanted to make it the star of this dish by adding bold flavors and vegetables with each spoonful. Just chop, simmer, cover, and boom, you’ve got a delicious meal just waiting to be devoured. Ready?

corn, tomatoes, beans and other ingredients for a vegetarian quinoa recipe all in one big pot

This recipe makes for extra servings, so you can feed a crowd or have leftovers for the next day. I added some to my breakfast scramble the next morning, and it was so good!

So many gorgeous vegetables in one pan! As they simmer and cook down, they just melt in your mouth. I’ve added bell peppers, corn, tomatoes, zucchini, and jalapenos for a bit of heat. Black beans add extra protein and fiber to the quinoa to make it a complete meal. Quinoa is a unique super grain that is a complete source of protein, providing a whopping 8 grams in one cup!

close up of quinoa with a reddish hue color because of the spices

Look at that bowl of quinoa perfection! I just want to dive in with the biggest spoon I can find. The grains soak up the broth, juice from the tomatoes, cumin and chili powder for an earthy flavor.

Grab a plate and dig in! This is an excellent vegetarian meal, or you can serve it as a savory side dish. My family and I enjoyed some blackened chicken tacos with this Mexican spiced quinoa. Fiesta for the taste buds!

This Mexican-spiced vegetable quinoa is loaded with healthy ingredients. Each bite gets you a mix of protein, fiber, and vegetables. A rainbow in a bowl means a nutritional boost, so you feel good on the inside and out. This quinoa recipe requires minimal effort and provides tons of flavor. Just what you need after a long day! What other flavors do you like to add to quinoa?

Mexican-spiced quinoa with corn, beans, tomatoes and chopped zucchini in a bowl

More quinoa recipes

Why should you rinse quinoa grains before cooking?

Always rinse quinoa before cooking. If you don’t wash the quinoa, you may notice a bitter note from a natural coating on the grain called saponin. All you need to do is place the quinoa grains in a fine-meshed strainer and rinse for about 30 seconds under cool water. Shake off the excess water and transfer the grains to your cooking pot. Adding the spices, salt, and broth really helps to balance out any lingering bitterness.

Mexican-Spiced Vegetable Quinoa

One-pot spiced vegetable quinoa loaded with bold flavors and healthy ingredients. Protein, fiber, and vegetables in each delicious spoonful.
4.62 from 254 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Course Entree
Cuisine Mexican

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced, ¼ inch dice
  • 1 ½ cups quinoa, uncooked, rinsed with cold water and drained
  • 1 jalapeño, minced
  • 1 cup bell pepper, ¼-inch dice, red or green
  • 1 cup zucchini, ¼-inch dice
  • 1 cup black beans, canned, drained and rinsed
  • 14.5 ounces tomatoes, diced, 1 can with juice
  • 1 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 ½ cups vegetable broth, or chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons green onions, thinly sliced

Instructions 

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add garlic and red onion, stir and cook until fragrant, 1 minute.
  • Add quinoa, jalapeno, bell pepper, zucchini, black beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder, cumin, salt, broth, and stir together.
  • Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer until quinoa is cooked and the liquid is absorbed, about 20 to 25 minutes. You do not need to stir the quinoa as it's cooking.
  • Turn off the heat and allow to sit covered for 5 minutes.
  • Season with additional salt and pepper as needed, fluff quinoa and sprinkle with green onions.

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Nutrition Facts

Serves: 8 servings
Calories 162kcal (8%)Carbohydrates 29g (10%)Protein 6g (12%)Fat 3g (5%)Saturated Fat 0.5g (3%)Polyunsaturated Fat 1gMonounsaturated Fat 2gSodium 688mg (29%)Potassium 477mg (14%)Fiber 5g (20%)Sugar 4g (4%)Vitamin A 1000IU (20%)Vitamin C 63.5mg (77%)Calcium 40mg (4%)Iron 3.1mg (17%)

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000-calorie diet. All nutritional information is based on estimated third-party calculations. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods, and portion sizes per household.

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  1. YASMIN NAIK says

    I washed and soaked quinoa in 1 tsp. of vinegar and water for 24 hours and the bitterness was completely gone.

  2. brian says

    I have started making this for our family and we love it. I started making it as we have a newly diagnosed T1D in our family and this is a good carb dish for him. My question – what is a serving size? The nutrtiional value is for “1 serving size” and if you don’t know what that actually is it makes it really difficult for people with T1D to sort out the carb intake. Thank you

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Happy to hear that you found the quinoa recipe helpful in your families dietary needs! The serving size is about 1 cup.

  3. Nicole says

    This was actually really good! I added a little more chili powder & a packet of sazón. & it was delicious. Will definitely be adding this into rotation!

  4. Jessica says

    Love this recipe, make it often. Just wonder what is a serving size? I can’t seem to see what that is and trying to measure out my meals.

  5. Dar says

    Hi Jessica
    Just wondering is a serving equal to one cup or 1/2 cup ? Im simmering this recipe now . Also wondering if it can be frozen ?
    Dar

  6. Robert says

    This has become my lunch for the week…I don’t eat zucchini so I sub celery and carrots as well as sweet onions instead of purple. I also love spicy so I use tomatoes and peppers and add hatch chiles. I also increase the amount a bit as I am having about a cup and a quarter to a half for each day at lunch…super filling and satisfies my spicy tooth. Not sure how to calculate the calories but 162 seems a little low especially for my alterations but is still way better than what I normally have and is helping me lose weight which I need BIG time as I am a really big guy. Sooo good…thank you so much for the recipe. Need to check out more of your recipes.

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