Instant Pot Mexican Quinoa


Mexican quinoa flavored with cumin, smoked paprika, and chili powder. This easy 1-pot meal is made in the Instant Pot and is the perfect meal for those busy days. Vegan and gluten free! Top with guacamole, salsa, or some sour cream.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced, or to taste

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes

  • ¾ cup corn kernels

  • ¾ teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder

  • teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 cup dry quinoa

  • 1 cup vegetable broth, or as needed

  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, or to taste

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • 1 avocado, diced


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select Saute function. Add oil, onion, jalapeno pepper, and garlic. Saute until onion is softened, about 2 minutes. Add black beans, tomatoes, and corn; mix well. Season with salt, cumin, paprika, chili powder, and black pepper. Add quinoa and toss until well combined. Pour in broth and mix.

  2. Close and lock the lid; set valve to the sealing position. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 1 minute. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  3. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, 10 to 40 minutes. Open the pot and fluff quinoa using a fork. Add cilantro and lime juice. Stir in avocado.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

442 Calories
14g Fat
66g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 442
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 1245mg 54%
Total Carbohydrate 66g 24%
Dietary Fiber 16g 58%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 15mg 75%
Calcium 83mg 6%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 939mg 20%

* 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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