Looking for an easy one pot meal that is packed with plant based protein? This recipe for One Pot Salsa Quinoa with Black Beans is full of plant based protein and it's perfect for an easy weeknight meal.
Easy to make, this one pot dinner recipe is sure to become a family favorite! I just love how easy it is to make.
This quinoa dish isn't lacking in flavor. Spices and salsa pack so much flavor into the quinoa.
This salsa quinoa with black beans is completely customizable too! You can switch up the types of beans based on what you have on hand.
I always like to keep a jar or two of salsa in the pantry. You never know when the mood with strike for chips and salsa! Salsa is a great pantry staple to have on hand for dinner recipes. It's great in a slow cooker taco soup and this one pot quinoa meal!
If you like things extra spicy, use your favorite spicy salsa. And if spicy isn't your thing, choose a mild salsa.
how to make this one pot meal
To start making this easy one pot quinoa recipe, sauté the onion and bell pepper until soft. Next add in the garlic and cook until fragrant.
Next, add in a flavorful blend of spices. Chili powder, smoked paprika and cumin add tons of flavor to the quinoa.
Toast the quinoa. Use a fine mesh strainer to rinse the quinoa first. I like to toast the quinoa for a few minutes. I really like toasting the quinoa because it helps to bring out its nutty flavor.
Now add in the beans, corn, salsa and stock. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce it to a simmer and cover it. Cook for 15-20 minutes, then remove the lid and stir. If the liquid hasn’t fully absorbed yet, continue to cook until all of the liquid has been absorb int the quinoa.
what is the best pot to use?
For this one pot Salsa Quinoa with Black Beans recipe, I really like using this Le Creuset Dutch Oven. This is one of my favorite pieces of cookware. I know that it's on the pricer side, but it is definitely worth it. The dutch oven will last a very long time too.
How to serve salsa quinoa with beans
The toppings really elevate this simple one pot quinoa recipe. Top the quinoa with diced avocado, chopped cilantro and sliced green onions. Sliced jalapeños and dairy-free sour cream would also make great toppings.
Tortilla chips are also great for scooping up the quinoa and black beans!
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- 1 Tablespoon Avocado Oil
- 1 Small Yellow Onion, chopped
- 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
- 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
- 1 Tsp Chili Powder
- 1 Tsp Cumin
- 1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
- 1 Cup Uncooked Quinoa, rinsed and drained
- 2 15 Ounce Cans Black Beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 Cup Frozen Corn
- 1 Cup Salsa
- 2 Cups Vegetable Broth
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Diced Avocado
- Chopped Cilantro
- Sliced Green Onions
- Lime Wedges
- Tortilla Chips, optional
- Heat the oil in large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add in the onion, peppers, with a bit pinch of salt and pepper and stir. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the vegetables have softened.
- Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds more.
- Add in the paprika, chili powder and cumin with a pinch of salt and pepper; stir. Cook for 2 minutes.
- Add the rinsed and drained quinoa; stir. Toast the quinoa for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the beans, corn, salsa and vegetable stock. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce it to a simmer and cover it. Cook for 15 minutes, then remove the lid and stir. If the liquid hasn’t fully absorbed yet, continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
- Serve the quinoa with a squeeze of lime and desired toppings.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 560Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1719mgCarbohydrates: 90gFiber: 25gSugar: 8gProtein: 24g
Nutrition information is an estimation for the recipe.