Mexican Quinoa Recipe (2024)

Loaded with black beans, tomatoes and corn, this one pot, dairy free Mexican quinoa recipe comes together in just over 30 minutes. It’s makes an awesome side dish for any meal or a filling, vegan main dish that’s perfect for weekday lunches.Makes 8 servings.

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Why I love this Mexican quinoa recipe

Quinoa is something that I’m not too familiar with. I had cooked it a few times before making this quinoa recipe, and I was pretty disappointed in it. I don’t think I even rinsed it properly. Then I found a box of pre-rinsed quinoa at the grocery store, and I was so excited.

I knew it would be a game changer, and it was. It was so simple – as easy to prepare as rice – but much more nutritional. (Of course, you can still make this with quinoa that you rinse yourself.)

Pair that with some Mexican mix-ins and you have a healthy, meatless meal. Or you can serve this as a side dish with your favorite fajitas recipe.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Mexican quinoa

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How to make Mexican quinoa

Sauté the garlic. This quinoa recipe is super easy. After sautéing some minced garlic in a tablespoon olive oil, add the remaining ingredients to the pot and bring to a boil.

Simmer. Reduce the heat, cover the pot and let it simmer until the quinoa is cooked. Continue to cook for 20-25 minutes or until the liquids have fully absorbed.

Garnish and serve. When the quinoa is finished cooking, stir in the fresh cilantro – if you want – and you’re ready to serve. Top with guacamole or some homemade garlic aioli – or your favorite dairy free sour cream.

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So what makes this Mexican quinoa dairy free?

The original recipe from this post suggested topping your quinoa with sour cream and cheese, which is obviously no good for a dairy free lifestyle, but luckily this was easily remedied. The actual recipe didn’t need any changing, and it is just as good without those milk-based toppings.

Feel free to top it with guacamole, your favorite aioli, or vegan cheese for an extra pop of flavor. I topped mine with a cilantro lime aioli, and it was the most amazing thing I’ve ever tasted. Recipe coming soon, I promise.

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Mexican Quinoa

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This Mexican quinoa recipe is made with corn, black beans and diced tomatoes with chilies. It’s a great side dish or an healthy, vegan dinner idea.

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth*
  • 1 cup uncooked, pre-rinsed quinoa
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 15.5-ounce can black or pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish.


  1. In large skillet or saucepan, heat the olive oil to medium-high heat.
  2. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant – about 30 seconds.
  3. Add remaining ingredients (minus the cilantro) and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 – 25 minutes.
  5. Stir in cilantro just before serving.


*Use vegetable broth for vegan

  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 125
  • Sugar: 0.7 g
  • Sodium: 355.2 mg
  • Fat: 3.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20.7 g
  • Fiber: 2.1 g
  • Protein: 4.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Published: November 9, 2013. Updated: March 14, 2022.

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Melissa Belanger

Melissa Belanger is the founder and food-obsessed visionary behind Simply Whisked, where she creates dairy free recipes with simple ingredients. She lives in Wisconsin with her milk-allergic husband and two kids. Melissa's experience in developing dairy free recipes is unparalleled and she strives to make dairy-free living accessible and enjoyable. In addition to running Simply Whisked, Melissa also manages two other publications: Another co*cktail Blog, a co*cktail recipe website, and The Pasta Twins, a joint venture with her twin sister.

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