As a healthier alternative to Mexican or Spanish rice, this version uses gluten-free quinoa instead of rice for its additional protein and fiber and great taste. However, it still has all the great flavor and spices of your usual Mexican or Spanish rice dish.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir quinoa and onion in the hot oil until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and jalapeno pepper to quinoa mixture and cook until garlic is fragrant and slightly softened, 1 or 2 more minutes.

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  • Mix undrained can of diced tomatoes with green chiles, taco seasoning mix, and chicken broth into quinoa mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until liquid has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in cilantro.

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Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

244 calories; 8.1 g protein; 38.1 g carbohydrates; 2 mg cholesterol; 986.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2014
I have had one similar, but a lot easier to make! Just put everything all together in 2 qt casserole dish, quinoa uncooked, cover and cook on 350 for 30 min. Remove, stir, and put back in 15-20 min until all liquid absorbed. i also put in black beans and frozen corn. Add different veggies every time I make it. SUPER EASY this way. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/09/2013
I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong but it has a texture my family just doesn't like. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 35
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 4
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Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2014
I have had one similar, but a lot easier to make! Just put everything all together in 2 qt casserole dish, quinoa uncooked, cover and cook on 350 for 30 min. Remove, stir, and put back in 15-20 min until all liquid absorbed. i also put in black beans and frozen corn. Add different veggies every time I make it. SUPER EASY this way. Read More
(148)
Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2014
I have had one similar, but a lot easier to make! Just put everything all together in 2 qt casserole dish, quinoa uncooked, cover and cook on 350 for 30 min. Remove, stir, and put back in 15-20 min until all liquid absorbed. i also put in black beans and frozen corn. Add different veggies every time I make it. SUPER EASY this way. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2013
Love the taste of this! I think I'll have the leftovers for breakfast tomorrow! I'll start my day off in an exciting way! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2014
I loved this! I followed exactly as written including using a fresh diced jalapeno. I did get a bit nervous when the quinoa took longer to cook than I'm used to but it came out perfect! I too added a can of rinsed and drained black beans. Of course to make it unhealthy I added a small dollop of sour cream and a teaspoon of shredded cheddar cheese to mine. I doubt the bf will touch it (he's weary of quinoa) but perhaps if I drown his in cheese and sour cream he just might touch it. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/09/2013
I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong but it has a texture my family just doesn't like. Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2014
I Loved this recipe and it could be used as a main dish or side...here's how. I sauteed several small sweet peppers along with a red onion added the quinoa to toast it. After a few minutes a added a full cup of salsa (didn't have the Rotel) also didn't have the taco seasoning but used 2tsp. of cumin...cook as directed. Once it was done I topped with a large amount of fresh cilantro and diced green onions. It's great as a side dish this way...if you want a main dish add a protein (chicken and black beans or?) top with melted cheese or add it all together in a burrito. It's also great with diced avocado/sour cream on top. Thanks so much for this recipe I made a huge batch! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2014
My wife and family loved it. If you wanna make this a meal you can sautee some shrimp put it on top when the quinoa is done then sprinkle it with cheese and bake at 350 for 15 min or until cheese is golden Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2014
Delish! Make sure to use low-sodium chicken broth or it will be too salty. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2013
Loved this recipe! It was full of flavor and quite filling. It took a little more time for the quinoa to soak up the liquid but overall it worked really well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2013
So good! I added a can of black beans (rinsed and drained) and 1 cup of frozen corn. This is the first time I ever made quinoa and I loved it! Great recipe that I'm sure I'll make again! Read More
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