One Pan Mexican Quinoa

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Thanksgiving is over and you made we through the first big meal of the holiday season! What I want now is an easy, healthy, and light recipe.  Easy, because after preparing a Thanksgiving feast I think I deserve a break from heavy cooking! Healthy and light because after Thanksgiving my body needs a break from heavy eating and I want to give myself room to indulge in future holiday meals.

That’s why this recipe for One Pan Mexican Quinoa from Damn Delicious is perfect for now and for any time you want a healthy and easy meal. It’s filling, with lots of flavor, but at the same time it’s light, healthy, and packed with nutrition. It’s also vegan and gluten-free, if either of those are concerns for you. And the best part is, it all cooks together in one pan! 

One Pan Mexican Quinoa


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and jalapeno, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. 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.
  3. Serve immediately.

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