Cheesy Mexican Quinoa

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This Cheesy Mexican Quinoa recipe is perfect for a quick, healthy dinner. Make it vegetarian or add some leftover chicken and customize with your favorite vegetables!


  • ⅔ cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 ⅓ cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 bell pepper, diced (any color is fine)
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ cups cooked black beans
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 ½ cup chicken, cooked (optional)
  • ⅔ cup corn kernals
  • 6 oz shredded Colby Jack or Mexican cheese
  • ¼ cup milk
  • Avocado & salsa for topping (optional)


  1. In a small saucepan, combine quinoa and broth. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook 13-15 minutes.
  2. In a large saute pan, heat oil and saute peppers, onion and garlic for 5 minutes.
  3. Add beans, spices, chicken and corn and saute another 5 minutes.
  4. Add cooked quinoa, milk and cheese and stir until well combined.
  5. Serve warm and top with avocado and salsa if desired.

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