This quinoa is great for meal prep or an easy weeknight dinner. It is made using only one pan, is ready in 20 minutes, and contains all the flavors you love from your favorite chili, but in a vegetarian friendly fashion. Pair it with greens, tortillas, chips, or enjoy in a bowl on its own!
So you may have heard me refer to a “Mexican Quinoa” recipe on Instagram. That is this dish. I was making it again and realized it uses all of the ingredients and spices I use when making my favorite chili so I decided to switch its name to something more fitting. It definitely has a southwestern flair though!
It uses all of the great veggies like beans, corn, and onions, and all the best spices you’d want in a warm bowl of chili, but something fun about using quinoa is that we are able to make this a vegetarian option! Quinoa is a great plant based protein so we don’t need to add meat to this dish to make it satisfying. Feel free to if you want though!
I think the best things about this recipe, besides for its flavor, is that it only requires ONE PAN (helllllo easy clean up!) and is ready in under 20 minutes. Plus you don’t really have to do anything besides throw it all in the pan and let the heat do its magic. Perfect for a meal prep or busy weeknight!
A couple notes on this dish:
- The normal liquid to quinoa ratio is 2 to 1 – here I know I only use 1.5 cups – that is not a typo! That is because we don’t drain the diced tomatoes, so they provide some extra (flavorful) liquid! Feel free to use water or veggie broth (or bone broth like this one if you are not vegetarian and want some added nutrients!)
- I like my meals spicy, so I’d even add more jalapeno than the recipe calls for, and a lot of cayenne. But if you stick to the directions below I promise the kick won’t be too powerful for anyone that doesn’t want it. And then you can just add more cayenne at the end for those who do!
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