Mexican Quinoa in the Crockpot

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I’m not sure which I love more… crockpot cooking, quinoa or Mexican food. So, apparently, this is the perfect dish for me!  I wanted to cook something similar to a Mexican quinoa casserole I’ve done in the oven before but in the crockpot, so I did a search for  “quinoa, Mexican, casserole, crockpot”. I found an easy recipe but made some adaptations in order to avoid a trip to the grocery store!  (You can see the original here.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans
  • 1 can (4 ounces) Ortega fire roasted diced green chiles
  • 1 can (3.8 ounces) olives
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon chicken flavor bouillon
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

Pour (rinsed) quinoa into the crockpot and add water. Then add the black beans (drain the water), chiles, tomato sauce and olives (drained as well). Next, add the powders – broth, garlic powder and taco seasoning. Stir the ingredients. Last, add the cheese. I sprinkled generously but you can add to your own taste (or diet!).

*One thing that I did not do that I should have done was spray the crockpot with a non-stick pan spray

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Set your crockpot to high for 3-4 hours (or until quinoa is cooked, mine was ready in about 2 hours). Stir the ingredients and let it cook on low for another 30 minutes. Salt or pepper to taste.

You can add toppings like lime, cilantro, sour cream. Next time, I will probably try toppings but, again, I didn’t want to go to the store!

6 thoughts on “Mexican Quinoa in the Crockpot

  1. Kim Seghers April 23, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    I have never cooked quinoa before but, I have always wanted to try a recipe with it. Your Mexican Quinoa looks delicious!!

  2. candy April 23, 2016 / 6:59 pm

    I need to start using quinoa more often. Love this one pot meat.

  3. Marie April 24, 2016 / 6:21 am

    I bet this tastes amazing! I am always up for meals that can be made in the Crock Pot!! Thanks!

  4. Sherry Nappa April 24, 2016 / 6:42 am

    Your recipe sounds so delicious! I think the green chiles is what does it for me!

  5. Hil April 26, 2016 / 9:54 am

    Yummy! I love quinoa, and crock pot dinners, this would be perfect. I think my family would love this.

    • inezbayardo April 26, 2016 / 3:27 pm

      It is pretty yummy and so easy. Anything I cook is easy! haha.

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