Mexican Quinoa Bites

These Mexican Quinoa Bites make a great appetizer and can also be eaten as a main meal. They're vegetarian,  packed with protein and fiber and taste great with a variety of dipping sauces!

Hi Friends!

As promised, things are back on schedule today! I was going to write my FNCE recap but I ended up spending most of the day yesterday playing catchup- on sleep, on emails, on hubby time. This upcoming weekend will be the first weekend in a month that hubby and I have both been at home together. I can’t wait! Anyways, I whipped up the tasty little bites pictured above for dinner last night and just HAD to share them today!

These Mexican Quinoa Bites make a great appetizer and can also be eaten as a main meal. They're vegetarian,  packed with protein and fiber and taste great with a variety of dipping sauces!

One of the things I miss most when I’m traveling is cooking my own food. I’m a sucker for being in control so I can only tolerate eating out so many times before I get a little stressed out. So, even though I hadn’t been grocery shopping, I headed straight to the kitchen last night to see what I could come up with. The end result was delicious and that’s good news for me because it means that all of the ingredients are things that I almost always have on hand, no matter whether I’ve just gone grocery shopping or haven’t gone for a few weeks.

Serves 24

Mexican Quinoa Bites

Throw your taste buds a miniature fiesta with these easy Mexican bites.

20Prep Time

15Cook Time

35Total Time

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Mexican Quinoa Bites


1/2 c quinoa, uncooked
1 c black beans, cooked
1/4 c avocado, smashed
1 egg
1 red pepper, diced
1/2 c corn kernals, cooked
1/2 c onion, diced
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/3 c ground pepitas (or breadcrumbs)
1/2 c low-fat mexican shredded cheese


  1. Rinse quinoa and cook according to package directions.
  2. Combine beans, avocado, peppers, corn and onion in a small bowl and mix well.
  3. Add spices and stir to combine.
  4. Add cooked quinoa (cooled slightly), egg and ground pepitas and mix well.
  5. Spray mini muffin tins with cooking spray and spoon in quinoa mixture.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool 5-10 min in pan.
  8. Gently remove from pan and serve with bbq sauce or salsa.

Aren’t they cute? I’m love bite-sized foods. These would make a great party appetizer, tailgate snack or dinner entree!

These Mexican Quinoa Bites make a great appetizer and can also be eaten as a main meal. They're vegetarian, packed with protein and fiber and taste great with a variety of dipping sauces!

I dipped mine in bbq sauce,
hubby topped his with sriracha.

These Mexican Quinoa Bites make a great appetizer and can also be eaten as a main meal. They're vegetarian, packed with protein and fiber and taste great with a variety of dipping sauces!

Next time I might try mixing the bbq sauce in before baking!

Let’s chat!

Bite-size or full-size?
What’s your favorite appetizer?



About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. Those look delicious. I just love quinoa but my husband is not ao sure. Perhaps these would make a great app for my next book group. thanks for sharing this recipe!

  2. such a cool idea to smack the avocado in this! I love bite-sized goodies… maybe a little too much at times. LOL!
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  3. I am obsessed with muffin tin recipes because #1 they are so easy and #2 they are the perfect size and #3 they are perfectly shaped which makes my life a heck of a lot easier to make appetizers that look appealing for guests! I will have to try this baby out! I just made turkey muffins check out my blog for the recipe I think you will really enjoy them. Love and Shine CourtStar
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  4. I LOVE my minimuffin tins too.
    for savory all the way…
    Miz recently posted..Life is my sport.

  5. These look really amazing. Makes me sad I can’t have quinoa! But what a great idea for taking to a party.
    Julie @ ROJ Running recently posted..Getting My #GenFresh on at the McCormick Tour

  6. Those look absolutely Delicious. Holy moly will I have to be trying those!
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  7. welcome home friend. glad you are getting some quality time with the hubs and doggies soon. These are just brilliant. I shall make and put an egg on top!
    lindsay recently posted..It’s okay… WIAW

  8. Love this recipe! These are so cute and would make such a cute appetizer! I’ve been loving quinoa lately and am always looking for new ways to prepare it!
    Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness recently posted..Pineapple “Fried” Quinoa

  9. These are precious!! Adding them to my ‘to make’ list!
    Andrea recently posted..Avoiding Office Temptations and Pumpkin Smoothies

  10. I love all your “bite” recipes!! They are perfect for appetizers! I’m more of a full size kind of person for dinner… but these bites are perfect to bring to someones house!
    Linz @ Itz Linz recently posted..Stay Snuggled vs. Cold, Morning Run

  11. YUM!!! I am the same way – I can only stand eating out so much before I NEED to return home & cook. Nothing beats a home cooked meal!
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  12. how cute!! pinning now!

  13. Just pinned! They are the cutest… and we’re hosting friends next weekend, I think I’m going to make these as an appetizer!
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  14. These look so freaking good!!
    Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family recently posted..Post Baby Body: 12 Months

  15. I NEED a mini muffin tin! Everything is better pre-portioned…even if it means I eat like ten :) These look awesome, Lindsay!
    Alexis @ Hummusapien recently posted..Kalamata White Bean Hummus

  16. I definitely love bite-sized for appetizers or any time there are a lot of different food options–then I can taste it all! But regular meals? I love to go gigantic, haha. Ridiculously large omelets, giant bowls of salad, oh yes!
    Allie recently posted..Falling over Decisions

  17. Oh man, I’m so excited to see another quinoa recipe. I <3 quinoa. Now I have an excuse to buy a mini muffin tin!
    Christine @ Love, Life, Surf recently posted..On the road again

  18. These look amazing!!!! Yum!

  19. Ohhhhh, I’m makin’ these babies in the next day or two!!! I’ll take pics.;)
    Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run recently posted..A twist on stealing a runner’s glory.

  20. Yum! I may try these out tonight! My husband won’t often eat vegetarian, so when he’s gone at work, that’s my pleasure. I’m really liking the look of your blog! It’s much cleaner and easier on my eyes! :-)
    Lauren recently posted..Vegan Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookies and WIAW

  21. These are adorable! And they look delicious too – I would definitely add Sriracha like your husband did (I’m a Sriracha fiend). 😉

  22. Yes! I am pinning this now so I can remember it. I saw your instagram and have been dying to see the recipe!
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  23. Gosh these sound insanely delicious, Lindsay!
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  24. These look awesome!! Can’t wait to hear your recap!!
    Brittany @ Delights and Delectables recently posted..Creamy Buckwheat Breakfast Bowl

  25. i made something like this over the summer. i’m sure they are great!
    sarah k @ the pajama chef recently posted..No Bake Tropical Energy Bites

  26. Love mini bites! These look delish! Pinning :)
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  27. Oh my gosh. You are officially a genius. This is so perfect!!
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  28. YUM! Look good to me!

  29. This look amazing. I love everything quinoa, so these look like such happy little quinoa muffins!
    Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life recently posted..Bring It!

  30. Yum! These look delicious :)
    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings recently posted..Baked Zucchini and Tomato Casserole

  31. Those look SO GOOD! I love all your recipes…. Just another fun thing to try with quinoa thats not SALAD! Thanks for sharing!

  32. Dan and I (from Perth) made these for lunch yesterday, they were a hit! Thanks for the great idea. Sending foodie love from down under!

  33. It’s recipe is on my appetizer list for sure. What a great way to get the family to eat quinoa.
    Kristi Rimkus recently posted..It’s Sunday Night and I Need a Quick Dinner! Savory Ham and Potato Skillet

  34. This is genius. Abso-effing-lutely genius.

    That is all.

  35. These look amazing! Can these be baked a day in advance? I have a Mexican themed Potluck lunch at work and wont be able to make them “fresh” that same day. What do you think?


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