Sunday, March 24, 2013

Recipe: Spicy Black Bean Quinoa Stew

I am anti-processed foods and always advocate making as much from scratch as you can, but I know that some nights are just too busy or you are just too tired.  This recipe is a hearty and delicious dinner that takes minutes to throw together.

All the ingredients can be found at Trader Joe's. 

This recipe is even faster if you already have quinoa pre-made in the fridge as I often do, but if you don't, no fear....quinoa takes about 15 mins and you can do other things will it simmers on the stove.

First, cook the quinoa.  You have to rinse it first so I pour it out into a strainer and rinse it with cold water.  Then I toss it in a big stew pan.  The TJ's quinoa has 3 cups of quinoa in the bag so I add 5 cups of water in with it.  Bring to boil, then cover with lid and let simmer for 15 mins.

Once, the quinoa is cooked, I take half out and put in a pyrex container for leftovers.  I can use this later in the week to make other meals and I often use it for breakfast in place of oatmeal.

With the remaining quinoa in the pot, I then throw in the Black Bean Soup, the Corn Chile, the Cuban Style Black Beans, and the Green Chiles.  Then just let it get to your preferred temperature over the heat.  And just like that, dinner is served!  I garnish with some chopped avocado but you don't have to.  I have also considered buying two cans of the Green Chiles because they are so delicious!  This creates a lot of stew, so you will definitely have leftovers.  If you would like it thicker, add more quinoa in from the amount that you were reserving.  And if you want it even spicier, add in some sriracha sauce.

We eat this at least once a week and we always go back for seconds!   It is our go-to quick meal. I just keep the ingredients on hand in the pantry, so it's always ready to go.


  1. We even had it tonight for dinner! Quick easy delicious and lots of protein in the quinoa for us runners! :)

  2. I just tried out Quinoa for the first time last week. Interesting is what I have to say on it. I will have to try it this way. And the other tofu recipe, thanks for sharing.

  3. totally just stumbled on this and thank you! i am all about the easy to throw together meal that contains tons of good stuff!

    1. I love this recipe. It's making me crave it right now as I respond! Yum..... I 've started adding double the amount of green chiles because I am obsessed with them right now.

  4. I am definitely going to try this one! I love black beans & quiona! Thanks!

  5. I recommend using Hatch Hot Green Chiles. Yum!