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Monday, January 7, 2013

Meatless Monday Recipe: Mexican Quinoa and Black Beans

By Diane Hoffmaster


During the chaos of the holiday season it’s easy to fall back on quick and not-so-healthy dinner options. Now that the New Year has arrived, I am determined to make a few changes to my family’s diet. Two of my goals are to start eating more vegetarian meals and to experiment with different types of grains. This recipe for Mexican Quinoa and Black Beans is the perfect solution for both! It’s also quick, easy and uses ingredients that can easily be stored in your pantry for busy nights!  

Mexican quinoa and black beansMexican Quinoa and Black Beans


3 teaspoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 cup quinoa, uncooked
3/4 cup vegetable broth
1 teaspoon cumin, ground
1 can (14-ounce) tomatoes, finely diced and drained
1 small jalapeño, seeded and chopped
1 can (14-ounce) corn kernels, drained
1 can (15-ounce) black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste


Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic, sautéing for 3 to 4 minutes or until lightly brown.

Add the quinoa and vegetable broth into the saucepan and season with cumin, salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

Stir in tomatoes, jalapeno and corn and simmer about 5 minutes until heated through. Mix in black beans.

Scoop onto a plate and sprinkle with cilantro.

What is your family’s favorite vegetarian recipe?

Photo courtesy of Diane Hoffmaster.

7 Comments so far

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On Sunday, July 7, 2013, diane wrote

Im sorry I dont have nutritional info on this. It is delicious though so I hope you can share. Since I usually just come up with the recipe in my own kitchen I have no real way to analyze them for fat, calories, etc. Look in the natural foods section of Kroger for quinoa....ours does have it!

On Sunday, March 31, 2013, Bev, the Montessori chef wrote

Diane, I love this recipe and would like to share it with my cooking club. However, I need to bring the dish, recipe and nutritional information with me to our next meeting. Do you have the nutritional info on this one?

On Tuesday, January 29, 2013, Kirk from Santa Fe wrote

I made this today with a little vegan cheese on top, and it was great!!!

On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, LG wrote

At Kroger it's in the natural food section! I buy big bag at Costco!

On Tuesday, January 22, 2013, Minta Cincinnati, OH wrote

I've yet to find out what quinoa is. Looks tasty. I don't know if I have ever seen quinoa at our Krogers grocery.

On Monday, January 21, 2013, Crystal C wrote

My husband would love this and I'm not big on meat unless it's chicken. I'll have to give this recipe a try.

On Monday, January 21, 2013, Jai from Oregon wrote

That looks delicious and diet-friendly as well!


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