One Pan Mexican Quinoa

Here’s a perfect meal for batch cooking that takes barely any effort and is packed with flavor. As is implied by the title, this Mexican-inspired quinoa dish is all made in one pan. This recipe was inspired by this one over at Damn Delicious.

One Pan Mexican Quinoa

Veggies | Protein | Fat
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Recipe From: Katie’s Conscious Kitchen



  • 1 14.5 oz can fire-roasted diced tomatoes with liquid
  • 1 cup corn kernels frozen, canned or roasted
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1 jalapeño minced, seeds removed or diced green pepper if you don't like heat


  • 2/3 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 can of black beans drained and rinsed


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 fat serving
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced per serving 1.5 oz per serving


  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • A couple of generous spoonfuls of salsa optional


  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add onion and pepper, and cook for 3-4 minutes, until translucent.
  • Add garlic and jalapeño, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in quinoa, vegetable broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder and cumin.
  • Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally to keep from sticking.
  • If it gets a little dry and the quinoa starts sticking towards the end, add a little broth or water.
  • Stir in avocado, lime juice and cilantro. Portion into 4 servings.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.


  • It might seem like there’s not enough liquid, but there is. It is important to cover this while it’s simmering, because the quinoa gets cooked more by steaming than by boiling.
  • If you are batch cooking this and saving it for later, don’t add the avocado until serving time or it will brown.
  • To make this dish gluten free, be sure to use certified gluten free quinoa.
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