Loaded with peppers, black beans, and seasonings, this One Pot Mexican Quinoa Recipe is bursting with delicious flavor and plant-based protein. Gluten-free and ready in less than 25 minutes, it’s filling enough to be a complete meal or perfect for a satisfying side! 

overhead image of a white bowl of Mexican quinoa topped with sliced jalapenos, lime wedges, and fresh cilantro

Why We Love This Mexican Quinoa Recipe

If you’ve never had quinoa, prepare to have your entire world changed! Hearty and delicious, it’s a filling grain that’s so easy to make. Plus, when combined with warm spices and fresh veggies, it’s seriously delicious! However, those aren’t the only reasons why we love this Mexican Quinoa Recipe. It’s also: 

  • Made in one pot and requires minimal prep work or cleanup. 
  • Loaded with vitamins, nutrients, protein, and fiber! 
  • Easy to customize with extra protein, veggies, or toppings. 
  • Budget-friendly and great to prepare ahead of time. 

What Is Quinoa? 

If you’re unfamiliar, quinoa is a type of pseudograin. This means that it is consumed similarly to grains like rice, oats, or millet. However, it is actually a super nutrient-dense seed that is classified as a gluten-free whole grain and grown around the world. Quinoa is grown in three varieties including red, black, and white, and can be found in most grocery stores. 

Is Mexican Quinoa Healthy? 

Yes! Quinoa itself is a nutrient powerhouse and contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals including manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, and more. In addition, it’s high in fiber and contains all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete source of plant-based protein. If you’re interested, you can read more about the benefits of quinoa here

All that said, when combined with fresh veggies and black beans, Mexican quinoa is about as filling and nutritious as a recipe can get! 

overhead image of a large pot full of Mexican quinoa with veggies and beans topped with sliced jalapenos and cilantro

Plant-Based Ingredients

If we’re honest, this Mexican quinoa is a super easy recipe to clean out the fridge with. There’s not much that can’t be added! However, our version contains the following items: 

  • Quinoa – We use white quinoa, but feel free to swap out any variety you like best. They all have nearly identical nutritional information and extremely similar tastes. 
  • Seasonings – For the best Mexican-inspired flavor, we included taco seasoning, garlic, salt, and pepper. 
  • Veggies – We’re truly eating the rainbow with this one pot Mexican quinoa recipe including red onion, red chili peppers, green chilies, and diced tomatoes with chilis. Feel free to mix in whatever you have on hand!  
  • Lemon Juice – A squeeze of fresh lemon juice helps lighten up this dish for well-balanced flavors. 
  • Broth – We recommend opting for a low-sodium broth. Yet, no matter what you use, it’s guaranteed to create the best quinoa you’ll ever taste. 
  • Black Beans – Super affordable and easy to find, black beans are used to add an extra layer of texture, fiber, and an extra boost of plant-based protein. 

How to Make the Best One Pot Mexican Quinoa Recipe

Get ready for a plate bursting with vibrant colors and bold flavors in this quinoa recipe. The best part? Your guests will be none the wiser that it’s a one-pot wonder, ready in just a matter of minutes! It’s like a culinary magic trick—impressive, delicious, and surprisingly easy. Let the colors dazzle and the flavors shine without the fuss! 

  1. Add the quinoa and taco seasoning to a large pot on the stove. 
  2. Pour in the remaining ingredients
  3. Turn the heat to high, and boil. Then, cover the pot, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 16-18 minutes
  4. Fluff the quinoa with a fork, and add your toppings of choice. We love cilantro, avocado, green onions, red pepper, and sour cream! 

Variations and Additions

Let your culinary imagination run wild and add your personal flair to this recipe! It’s the perfect canvas for using up leftover veggies or protein. Get inspired with some of our favorite additions: 

  • Chicken
  • Shrimp
  • Bell Peppers
  • Corn
  • Shredded Cheese

a large white bowl full of Mexican quinoa with veggies and black beans topped with jalapenos, lime wedges, and cilantro

Serving Suggestions

This Mexican Quinoa Recipe isn’t just a hearty plant-based dish—it’s a versatile star that plays well as a sidekick to all your favorite main courses. Pair it with:

How Long Does this Recipe Last in the Fridge? 

When fully cooled and stored in an airtight container, cooked quinoa will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 7 days

Can I Freeze Mexican Quinoa? 

We don’t recommend freezing this Mexican quinoa recipe once fully prepared. Instead, if you want to make it ahead of time, we recommend simply cooking the quinoa according to the package instructions. It can be frozen for up to 3 months. Then, when you’re ready to serve, just toss it together with the rest of the ingredients! 

More Plant-Based Side Dish Recipes

Whether you’re fully committed to a plant-based lifestyle or just on the lookout for nutritious options that will have the whole family cheering, we’ve got some fantastic choices for you! 

  • This Stuffed Pepper Rice Bake is so simple and delicious, you’ll wonder why you never thought to make it before! 
  • Vegan roasted Eggplant Salad is a filling Mediterranean dish made with fresh ingredients and an irresistible tahini dressing.
  • Made with a base of quinoa, this Southwest Salad is vibrant, zesty, and so delicious. 
  • Our One Pot Greek Couscous is nourishing, refreshing, and perfect to serve alongside all your favorite entrees. 
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One Pot Mexican Quinoa Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 6 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 18 minutes
Total: 23 minutes
This One Pot Mexican Quinoa Recipe comes together in minutes for a filling and nutritious plant-based side dish everyone is guaranteed to love! Serve it with all your favorite entrees for a complete meal.


  • 1 1/2 cups white quinoa rinsed and drained
  • 3 Tablespoons taco seasoning or 1 packet
  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • 1/4 cup red chili peppers optional
  • 1/4 cup green pepper
  • 1 (4 ounce) can green chilies
  • 14 ounces canned diced tomatoes with chilis, such as Rotel
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium broth
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 (15 ounce) canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Optional garnish: cilantro, avocado, green onions, red pepper, and sour cream


  • Heat a 12-inch skillet (be sure it has a lid) or large pot over medium-high heat. Add quinoa and taco seasoning.
    1 1/2 cups white quinoa, 3 Tablespoons taco seasoning
  • Add the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine.
    1/2 cup red onion, 1/4 cup red chili peppers, 1/4 cup green pepper, 1 (4 ounce) can green chilies, 14 ounces canned diced tomatoes with chilis, such as Rotel, 4 cloves garlic, lemon juice, 1 1/2 cups low-sodium broth, Kosher salt to taste, Black pepper to taste, 1 (15 ounce) canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Bring to a boil. Then, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 16-18 minutes or utnil the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Fluff the quinoa with a fork. Garnish with fresh cilantro, avocado, green onion and sour cream, if desired.
    Optional garnish: cilantro, avocado, green onions, red pepper, and sour cream



1 (12 inch) Skillet


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 724mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 288IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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