One-Pot Mexican Style Quinoa

4.11 from 19 votes

Substitute this healthy quinoa for rice in any Mexican dish!

In the mood for Mexican, but looking to avoid the heavy feel of takeout fare? Make an easy Mexican meal at home! This Mexican quinoa dish can be used as a substitute for rice in burritos, tacos, flautas, or as a side. Quinoa is a nutrition powerhouse with its high fiber and protein count. And additional ingredients such as peppers, garlic, cumin, and chili powder add spicy flavor and health benefits.

4.11 from 19 votes

One-Pot Mexican Style Quinoa

This quinoa dish is bursting with Mexican flavors that come from ingredients that are healthy and delicious.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield 6 people
Serving Size 0.75 cup
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Tex-Mex
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion or yellow, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup quinoa dry, rinsed well
  • 14 1/2 ounces diced tomatoes can (BPA-free brand Muir Glen)
  • 4 ounces diced green chilies can
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth low-sodium
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt more or less to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 cup cilantro freshly chopped, for garnish


  • In a large skillet, add oil and sauté onion until tender, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and continue to sauté for 1 minute. Add the remaining ingredients, except cilantro, and stir to combine. Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Cook until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender, approximately 15 minutes. Turn the burner off and allow the covered skillet to set until any remaining liquid is absorbed, 5-10 minutes. Fluff with a fork, add cilantro for garnish, and serve.


Tip: Mexican Style Quinoa is delicious served as a side or add to burritos, enchiladas, or tacos.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.75cup | Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 223mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6
Keywords Kid-Friendly, Vegetarian

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      1. Perla, Quinoa takes much less time to cook than does rice. Quinoa, by itself, only takes about 12 – 15 minutes. Check out this recipe for Mexican Rice.

  1. I made this today without the chiles and added black beans and corn. It’s so delicious! My 8-year-old daughter loves it too. It’ll be great with some avocado and cheese on top. So easy to make and will make an excellent lunch for work tomorrow!

    1. Yes! You can make this in a slow cooker. Make sure to rinse the quinoa in cool water first. You can add all the ingredients and cook on high for about 2 hours or on low for 4 hours!

  2. Can’t wait to make it! Going to do the slow cooker version. Do I need to drain the liquid for the slow cooker version? Going to assume not.


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