I was craving Mexican, but didn't have a whole lot in the house, rather than go shopping I threw this together and liked it so much I figured I should share the recipe. Next time I'm going to try adding corn with the tomatoes and kidney beans, perhaps a Mexican cheese blend, and Greek yogurt rather than sour cream. Also, I used the Allrecipes top-rated recipe for taco seasoning rather than a packet from the store.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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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 oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat; saute onion in hot oil until slightly softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in quinoa and taco seasoning; saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.

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  • Pour water into quinoa mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover the saucepan with a lid, and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir beans and tomatoes into quinoa mixture, cover the saucepan again with the lid, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water is absorbed, about 5 minutes more. Stir Cheddar cheese into quinoa, spoon into bowls, and top each with a dollop of sour cream.

Nutrition Facts

341 calories; protein 13.8g 28% DV; carbohydrates 41.3g 13% DV; fat 12.8g 20% DV; cholesterol 21.2mg 7% DV; sodium 1002.3mg 40% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (5)

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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2016
This tasted great! I think I would like to try black beans in it next time and some corn like the submitter suggested. Great vegetarian meal. The only thing was it took mine about 6 more minutes to cook so that it wasn't soupy. I sprinkled a little more cheese on top when serving. Also I only got 3 servings not 4 for this as a meal. Thanks for a great lunch. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2016
This tasted great! I think I would like to try black beans in it next time and some corn like the submitter suggested. Great vegetarian meal. The only thing was it took mine about 6 more minutes to cook so that it wasn't soupy. I sprinkled a little more cheese on top when serving. Also I only got 3 servings not 4 for this as a meal. Thanks for a great lunch. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/30/2017
It was good but there wasn't enough liquid for the quinoa to get tender so I ended up adding some chicken broth & cooking it longer. I also substituted canned diced tomatoes for the fresh. Next time I may pre cook the quinoa & simmer together Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2017
Great! I made a double recipe. I only had 1 packet of taco mix so I used some fresh garlic and individual spices for the second pack of taco mix. To make it very low fat I just used olive oil spray initially and used fat free sour cream and fat free shredded cheddar. I didn't mix the cheese and sour cream in but instead served this on soft tortillas spread each tortilla with sour cream first then topped the mixture with shredded cheese and folded/rolled burrito-style. My husband loved it and said he'd be glad to eat it plain also--no tortilla and no sour cream and cheese either. I liked that it was low salt and we could make it very low fat. I added a diced yellow pepper. Like another reviewed I had to add extra water and extra time to the quinoa to get it to steam up fluffy. We will make this regularly! It was tasty and a nice choice for healthy "comfort food " and it was pretty quick and inexpensive with mostly pantry staples on hand. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/08/2019
I needed to use more Taco seasoning, and it may need some "crunch", like celery, or......? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2018
Really great served with tortilla chips! Read More