One Pan Mexican Quinoa Skillet

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I could cook Mexican or Southwest themed dinners every night of the week.  They make for a great way for my family to get the recommended serving of vegetables a day.

We recently started Meatless Mondays in our home and this Mexican Quinoa Skillet was the perfect addition to the menu.  This protein-packed quinoa dish is gluten-free and vegan friendly and can be made in under 30 minutes. 

Sautéing the oil, garlic, and jalapeno helps bring out a fragrance that makes this dish one of my family’s favorites.  The best thing about this recipe is that you put all the ingredients in one pan and you do not have to cook the quinoa separately.

You can adjust the spices according to your family’s taste.  If you like it a little spicier, you can add an extra jalapeno or additional chili powder. 

Yield: 4-6 Servings

Mexican Quinoa Skillet

Mexican Quinoa Skillet

This protein-packed dish is is packed full of flavor and can be made in under 30 minutes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Grapeseed Oil 
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 Medium Jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 Cup Quinoa, uncooked, rinsed well
  • 1 ½ Cups Vegetable Stock
  • 1 (14.5oz) Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
  • 15-ounces Black Beans
  • 1 Cup Corn (Frozen or fresh cut from 1 Cob)
  • 1 TSP Ground Chili Powder
  • ½ TSP Ground Cumin
  • 1 TSP Sea Salt, to taste
  • Ground Black Pepper to taste
  • 1 Avocado, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 Cup fresh Cilantro leaves


  1. Heat oil in large skillet over
    medium-high heat, add garlic, jalapeno, and saute, stirring frequently until fragrant, about 1 minute. 
  2. Stir in uncooked quinoa, broth,
    beans, fire roasted tomatoes, corn, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat and simmer until the quinoa is fully cooked and liquid is absorbed, about 20-25 minutes. 
  3. Remove from heat. Add in avocado, lime juice, and cilantro. Serve

You can change it up a bit and top it with Pico de Gallo, sour cream, or cheese.


Adapted from Damn Delicious

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 331Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 610mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 12gSugar: 3gProtein: 13g, occasionally offers nutritional information for recipes contained on this site. This information is provided as a courtesy and This is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

This healthy, nutritious meal is easy and delicious and makes for a great meal for those busy work nights.  I know it is a family-favorite of ours and I hope you enjoy the recipe.

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