Vegan Mexican Quinoa Bowl with Green Chile Cilantro Sauce


Quinoa gets tossed with red bell peppers, black beans, romaine, and red onions, then smothered in a dairy-free sauce with a jalapeño kick. An easy meal!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
4 servings


Vegan Green Chile Cilantro Sauce:

  • 1 cup unsalted raw cashews

  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers

  • ¼ cup hemp milk

  • ½ jalapeno pepper with seeds, or more to taste

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ¼ cups chopped fresh cilantro

  • 3 cups water

  • 1 ½ cups quinoa

  • 2 romaine hearts, chopped

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 3 cups chopped red bell pepper

  • ½ cup chopped red onion

  • 2 avocados, chopped


  1. Combine cashews, green chile peppers, hemp milk, jalapeno pepper, and salt in a blender; process until smooth.

  2. Pour cashew mixture into a small bowl; stir in 1 cup cilantro.

  3. Bring water and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

  4. Divide romaine lettuce among 4 bowls. Top with quinoa, black beans, red bell pepper, and onion. Drizzle cilantro sauce on top. Garnish with remaining 1/4 cup cilantro and chopped avocados.


The magazine version of this recipe halves all the ingredients, except for the diced green chiles, and adds radicchio leaves for serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

855 Calories
35g Fat
110g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 855
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Sodium 1483mg 64%
Total Carbohydrate 110g 40%
Dietary Fiber 33g 116%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 208mg 1,039%
Calcium 179mg 14%
Iron 9mg 52%
Potassium 2147mg 46%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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