Even though not everyone in the house likes quinoa, I do. I like to make up a batch in my rice cooker and then make simple, nutritious and delicious lunches with it. It provides a nice change from salads on some days. However, I’m a huge fan of one pot meals. Anything that I can do that doesn’t have the kitchen covered in dishes is great (my husband is even more a fan, since he does the dishes when I cook!). This one is great. All those delicious Mexican flavors that I love – black beans, corn, onions, cumin, garlic and cilantro all wrapped up into one delicious dish. Since avocadoes were on sale recently, and we had a perfectly ripe one, I sliced up avocado to put on top after it was done cooking. My favorite part was how easy it was. I just put everything in a pan, covered it with a lid and waited.

Mexican Quinoa

Everything gets tossed in one pot - it's easy and simple to make. It's packed with nutrients and flavors, and is great for a quick and delicious dinner.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 6 people


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups fat free vegetable broth
  • 1 can black beans (15 oz)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 lime juiced
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 small red onion chopped
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 1 avocado diced


  • Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet.
  • Add the garlic. Sauté for 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant.
  • Add the quinoa, broth, beans, corn, chili powder and cumin.
  • Cover and cook over medium heat until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is tender.
  • Add the lime juice, salt, pepper and tomatoes.
  • Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in the avocado, onion and cilantro, and serve immediately.
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PER SERVING: 301 calories; 9.9g fat; 1.4g saturated fat; 44.6g carbohydrates; 2.8g sugar; 11.5g protein; 10.8g fiber

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  1. I don’t understand this recipe. There is broth in the instructions but not in the ingredient list. Also the picture shows tomatoes.
    What gives?

  2. Your instructions say both broth and tomatoes, although neither is included in the ingredients list. Also, you never say when to add the onion.

  3. Do you drain the beans or is that the broth that is listed in the directions.