Mexican Quinoa

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Easy Mexican Quinoa

If you’re looking for an easy recipe with plenty of flavors, my Mexican quinoa makes the perfect side dish to any meal or a meal on its own. It’s quick to make and can be stored and reheated throughout the week (also suitable for freezing).

The great thing about this recipe is you can use just about any vegetables you have laying around, so it’s great a great way to use up the contents of your fridge. If you wanted a little more protein you could add chicken or tofu, which both work great with this recipe.

At only 171 calories per serving, this dish is a great healthy option for a light meal.

Mexican quinoa

Mexican Quinoa

Claire Bladen
A Vegetable Mexican Quinoa Dish a perfect quick and easy meal or side dish. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 People
Calories 171 kcal


  • 2 cups Quinoa Dry
  • 1 cup Mushrooms Chopped
  • 1.5 Bell Pepper (Capsicum) Chopped
  • 1 Red Onion Chopped
  • 0.5 Courgette (Zucchini) Chopped
  • 2 Medium Tomatos Chopped

For Seasoning

  • 3 tsp Paprika
  • 3 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper


Prep the Quinoa

  • Rinse quinoa using a fine sieve before cooking. 
  • Add quinoa to a pan along with boiling water, covering the quinoa by a 1/2 inch. 
  • Bring the pan to boil and allow to simmer until 80% of the water has been absorbed and the quinoa was swollen. Take off the heat, cover with a cloth and set to one side. 

Completing the dish

  • Chop all vegetables and heat some oil in a pan.
  • Fry vegetables for approx 5-8 minutes until cooked before mixing in the cooked quinoa. 
  • Add the dry seasonings to the pan mixing them in with the quinoa and vegetables. Allow to cook for about 2 minutes. 


Calories: 171kcalCarbohydrates: 31.5gProtein: 6.9gFat: 2.7gSaturated Fat: 0.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.8gSodium: 93.4mgPotassium: 487.4mgFiber: 6.1gSugar: 5.7gVitamin A: 1746.5IUVitamin C: 72.5mgCalcium: 64.8mgIron: 4.6mg
Keyword Mexican, Quinoa, Vegetarian
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Ted Kallmyer is an ISSA certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, author, and macros coach. He has helped hundreds of clients reach their body transformation goals.
Updated September 23, 2018

1 Comment

  • Valerie

    Looks great !