One Pan Mexican Quinoa

If you can throw everything in a pot and remember to stir every now and then, then you can handle this recipe like a pro! This One Pan Mexican Quinoa dish is so simple, yet every time I make it I’m surprised by just how good the flavor is. Add some hot sauce (my favorite is Valentina) for an extra kick!

One Pan Mexican Quinoa

5 from 5 votes
Servings: 4


  • 2 T Vegetable broth or water
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeno minced
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup corn kernels frozen or canned
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 avocado halved, peeled, and diced to put on top
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 2 T chopped cilantro


  • Heat broth/water in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add garlic and jalapeno, and cook, stirring frequently, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in quinoa, vegetable broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder and cumin; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Stir in avocado, lime juice, and cilantro.
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Notes from the Chef

This recipe calls for canned tomatoes, canned black beans, and canned corn. Unfortunately canned goods are often loaded with sodium. Contrary to popular belief, sodium is not necessary for preserving the canned good. The canning process alone preserves the food. Canned goods are typically loaded with sodium to enhance the flavor and sometimes to maintain the texture of the food. To combat a spike in your sodium intake due to canned goods, look for no salt added, low sodium or reduced sodium options at the grocery store. Almost all canned goods are now offered in sodium-free or low sodium options. If you choose a low sodium or reduced sodium option you should also rinse the beans, tomatoes, etc. thoroughly before cooking with them. Rinsing can reduce the sodium content by 40%!

If you are having trouble identifying if a canned good is sodium-free or low sodium, look at the sodium content on the nutrition facts label. Sodium-free options will have 0% sodium. Low sodium options will have less than 5% sodium.

Adapted from Damn Delicious


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