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Skinny Quinoa with Black Beans

If you love Mexican food, this recipe with its delicious spices and healthy ingredients is perfect for you and your family.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex
Keyword: Gluten-Free, Plant-Based, Quick and Easy
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 201kcal
Author: Gale Compton


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion or sweet onion, medium, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3/4 cup quinoa uncooked - rinsed (red or white will work)
  • 15 ounces black beans can - low sodium preferred, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes more or less to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • kosher or sea salt to taste
  • 4 1/2 ounces diced green chilis can
  • 10 ounces diced tomatoes can
  • 1/2 cup cilantro freshly chopped
  • 1 3/4 cup vegetable broth low sodium


  • In a large skillet add olive oil, turn to medium-low heat and saute diced onions until tender, about 4 minutes, add garlic and saute one additional minute. Add the remaining ingredients in the order listed above. Cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat to a low boil and cook 15-20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and allow to sit 5 minutes covered before serving. Fluff quinoa with a large spoon and serve.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 204mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6