Reviews for Quinoa and Black Beans
This was absolutely amazing! I make it all the time...I sometimes add a squeeze of lime...slice an avocado on the side and some sour cream with scallions mixed in...Quinoa is so versatile...I've also made breakfast pudding with it...so glad I gave it a chance and tried it! :)
This one's a winner - definitely a permanant addition to my recipe box. Do halve the beans - and yes, this is a wonderful burrito filling, especially with some melted monterey jack cheese. Make enough for leftovers, as it's better the 2nd and 3rd days.
GREAT! I follow the recipe as originally written and It's always wonderful.
Quick, easy and tasty - can't go wrong!
I thought this was wonderful! It was the first time I've ever tried quinoa, so I didn't know what to expect. It was fabulous. Next time I might put less spice in it, but overall it was great. The only thing I did differently was that I cooked it in a rice cooker. I sauted the onions and garlic as the recipe states and then put everything in the rice cooker with a bullion cube for some extra flavor.
This was the first time making quinoa and I have to say this recipe is AWESOME!!! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! The proportions and flavors are great, and I only changed the directions slightly. I used one can of organic black beans (Publix brand), added the zest and juice of one lemon, half a can of gluten free diced spicy red peppers by Hunt's, and a couple of dashes of Sazon Completa. Make sure you rinse your quinoa!!!! Otherwise this might come out very bitter. I actually soaked my quinoa for about 10 mins (the length of time it took me to chop up the onions and garlic and sautee them). Also, hold back your garlic until your onions are at least halfway done or it will burn, and throw in the quinoa shortly after. Toasting it lends amazing flavor. Otherwise, I followed the recipe to a T. Enjoy!!! I hope you love it as much as I do! =)
This was such a hit with visitors during the week my family and my husband's family came to visit. We ALL really enjoyed it! It's excellent just the way it is. For a little variation, today I am making it again adding sauteed chicken, spinach, and zucchini into it!
This was our first time trying quinoa and it was delicious and easy! We'll definitely make it again. I liked the recipe exactly as it was, but will try variations too. My husband said 'five stars'! Thank you for introducing me to quinoa - yummy!!
Didn't have quinoa, so I used bulgar wheat. I used fresh corn off the cob-raw and had only a little cilantro in my garden so I added oregano and thyme. Also added fresh tomato chunks. This was fantastic. Used as a main dish meal and it felt so good and healthy! Delicious flavor!
Yummy & super easy! With or without the cilantro. I find 1 can of beans is enough.
Made this several times and everyone always loves it - even the people who've never had quinoa. Zesty. I used 1 can black beans instead of 2 and skipped the cilantro (hate that stuff).
Outstanding! I tried a quinoa recipe that was written on the back of a box of quinoa and didn't care for it. I decided to give it another try and I'm so glad I picked this recipe. It made me a believer in quinoa. I will definitely make this again!
We love this! It was my first time to make quinoa, and after having such success, I've started using it more. This recipe is packed full of flavor, making for a delicious and healthy side dish. I used chicken broth, because I didn't have vegetable broth, and it worked fine. I also added diced mushrooms simply because I had some I needed to use. I am interested to try with diced tomatoes, but this recipe is delicious as-is. Thanks!
The whole family loved this. Even my very, very picky daughte! I halved the black beans and used chicken broth. I also added red pepper and green pepper for added color/nutrition. I cut an avocado in half and removed the pit, and spooned the quinoa into the avocado. It looked amazing and tasted delicious with the bites of avocado. I made it last night and I'm making a huge batch tonight and adding tofu. We can eat it for lunch throughout the week! Delicious. OH - I also used frozen cilantro cubes which worked fab.
This was good. The spices help mellow the bitterness of the quinoa. I have made this type of sidedish with white rice, but I think the quinoa makes an interesting change. I did toast the grain before adding it to the liquid.
This is fabulous! You must rinse Quinoa very well before cooking it or it will taste awful. Just wanted to warn those who have not cooked with it before. I topped with sliced grilled chicken, shredded lettuce, cheese, and sour cream on the side. It was a big hit and very flavorful. A very healthy dish (if you go light on the dairy)and great for those who are gluten intolerant.
So simple yet so satisfying. I'd say the time frame on this recipe is very realistic too, I appreciate that.
great for people who really like cilantro.
I used only 1 can of black beans. Very tasty and easy to make. Highly recommended.
Love this recipe! I used 1 can of black beans and 1 can of corn. My secret punch: squirt some lime over each serving. Brightens everything up!
First time trying quinoa, it was awesome! I added fresh squeezed lime juice (to taste), next time I will try all fresh ~ without sauteing onions & garlic, maybe add tomato...the possibilities are endless!!
my brother turned me onto this recipe ... he said he added cooked chicken at the end and used it as a complete meal ... I tried it the same way and we loved it. This will make the regular rotation in our house ... I don't buy frozen corn, so I used a can, drained, instead.
LOVE LOVE LOVE tHIS!!!!!!!
I accidentally made this with couscous (need to pay more attention!), but it was great. I'm guessing it'll be even better with quinoa!
Actually this turned out better than I expected. I also used only one can of black beans as 2 would of been overboard.
I just tried this and it was delicious!! However, i cooked the quinoa in half cup of the canned diced tomato juice and half cup of chicken broth for more flavor. I cooked the quinoa through then added the cilantro, tomatoes, corn, and black beans. Served with shredded grilled chicken marinated in lemon juice, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper; and shredded romaine lettuce, diced avacado sprinkled with lemon juice and topped with grated cheese :) with a side of warm tortillas to make a burrito. will definitely make again.
Update 7/23/2012 I made this again and used water instead of broth. I also used 1/4 cup parsley instead of cilantro (not a big fan). It was still really good! I think next time I'll add a tablespoon of butter at the end just to make it a little bit creamier. May 28,2012 I really enjoyed this dish! I used a yellow pepper instead of cilantro and enjoyed the sweetness it added. I used vegetable broth and can see how chicken broth would add to the flavor as well. This is certainly a dish you could add more veggies to and make it even better.
Fabulous! I added red and yellow bell peppers and used chicken broth rather than vegatable broth. This was a simple, healthy delicious dish.
My family really enjoyed it. I on the other hand, ehhh not blown away by it. I didn't make any modifications, simply not to my liking.
This recipe was so easy, healthy and needed very little else. I would suggest using only 1 can of beans (two is just way too much) and adding some fresh tomatoes on top. Also, make sure you rinse your quinoa well before cooking it. Next time I make it I think I'll grill a little shrimp with lime and summer squash to go with it.
This was delicious and easy. So healthy, too. I'll admit, I grated some crumbled Queso Fresco cheese on top, before topping it with the cilantro, but that couldn't have added too much fat or calories. next time Maybe sub parsley and feta for the cilantro and queso fresco! I also always use frozen corn in dishes like this, it tasts fresh and sweet. This was much better than quinoa I have had in restaurants.
Delicious. To prevent the Quinoa from becoming mushy keep the ratio the same as the recipe states (2/1) but simmer for 15 min. only.
I've made this about 6 times and love it every time! And everyone I've served it to raves about it, even people not familiar with quonia. The only change I've made is to only use 1 can of black beans. Try this!!
DELICIOUS! I add a little red wine vinegar or lemon juice for some tang! LOVE it!
Had an unexpected southwestern flavor to it. Surprising but very good. Instead of chopping the onion, I added onion chunks and the garlic to chicken broth and pureed in the magic bullet; separated the solids from the broth and cooked according to directions. At the end, I found my quinoa still too firm so I added more chicken broth at the end and simmered until tender. Only used half the black beans recommended and added chopped sauteed mushrooms. Delicious. Husband really liked it.
The flavors were great. Even the hubby and child liked the flavors, they just weren't sold on the texture of the quinoa. The only modification I did was add only 1 can of black beans. and next time I will add more colorful veggies to the mix. I only cooked mine a total of 20 min. at 12-15 I added the corn and can of black beans and heated them thru. Overall a very good recipe base. Thanks
GREAT! Wonderful taste! Followed the recipe exactly, and turned out perfectly :) And I've never tried quinoa, and this was an amazing recipe to try it for the first time :)
This is a great recipe! I love to add red pepper and green onion because I think those flavors go great with black beans. This is an incredible versatile recipe. Freezes beautifully as well. My go-to gift for new mothers.
Very tasty dish. Made it according to the recipe exactly - no modifications and twas delicious IMHO. It makes about 5 cups and one cup is 315 calories, 2.6 grams fat, 14.6 grams protein and 57.8 grams of carbs.
excellent way to make quinoa. I do recommend sorting through the dry grains before cooking, just like you would sort through dry beans or lentils.
Great recipe. I've tried quinoa before, and found it to be tasteless. This recipe provided a very flavorful dish. Some substitutions I made- 1/2 tsp. curry in place of cumin, and I used one can of white kidney beans with the tomato sauce drained.
This was so easy and tasty. I made exactly as stated but only one can black beans until it came time for cilantro. I didn't have enough. So I brainstormed and added fresh salsa from the day before (plenty of cilantro there) and it was fantastic.
Excellent! I took the advice of others and only used 1 can of black beans. I was afraid that it was going to be too spicy but it was perfect. I served it with bread and butter to help cool down your mouth a little, although it really isn't too spicy just flavorful. I've cooked it twice so far and it was delicious both times. Good as leftovers too.
I started looking into vegan meals when my brother was fighting his battle with cancer. He asked for better 'vegan' recipes. He lost his battle last month but I know he would have loved this recipe. Very healthy, very hearty and above all very tasty! Also, made the house smell sooooo goooood!
Oh my goodness---I don't think there is a word that could do the justice of describing just how delicious this dish is! I never thought I'd live to taste something so healthy and tasty at once. It is simply the best! I made the recipe as is. The two cans of beans called for are perfect. I LOVE this dish!!!! And it's too good to just be a side dish so I like it as my main dish. It's too easy to make yet delicious and therefore, I will make it often and also bring it to the next potluck I attend. I intend to also make it a regular item around the house now since it's so good in every way possible for you!!! A million thanks to the person who submitted this recipe!!! This is my second time making quinoa (my first didn't turn out too well because it was tasteless) and this recipe has got me hooked on this power grain probably for life now! Thank you!
Like some of the other reviewers I have a fiancé who is a little skeptical of healthy dishes and he licked his plate clean! (So did I!) i cannot believe how tasty this was and I even turned it into a main dish by cleaning out my cabinet. I added 1 breast of chicken I had on hand (diced it and sautéed w the onion, marinated w some crushed red pepper flakes, garlic and pepper for a few hours prior), cut the recipe in half, used chicken broth instead of veggie, EVOO instead of veg oil, more than doubled cayenne pepper ( we love things very spicy), and use freeze dried cilantro bc that's what I had on hand. Toyed with the idea of adding a can of garbanzo beans but decided to try it without for the first time. May add them next time just to add some extra protein and bc I love them! Will def make the full amount next time and keep the leftovers for lunches the next day. 5 servings turned out to be 2 and between the crushed red pepper and all the cayenne, it was super spicy! Can't wait to make this again and again! Thanks so much for a recipe I can feel so good about!
This was such a delicious recipe. It was flavorful and super easy to make! Definitely 5 Stars!
Excellent! My husband and 3 year old also loved it. I used fresh corn (just sliced it right off the cob) and a little extra cumin.
I will not make again. This is edible but there is not much flavor and I expected more from this dish. I even added diced green bell for crunch and color with no success. This did surprise me with the spice factor... it was spunky and I like spice. My husband was unimpressed by this side dish too. We both like quinoa and will be looking for something else. Also, I used one can of black beans... two would have been an overkill.
Very, very good. Just a note, you never have to soak Quinoa...and the recipe doesn't call for it. It becomes like mush if you soak it; rinsing it off (if you buy in bulk it hasn't been rinsed) gets rid of any bitter taste. Some prepackaged quinoa has already been rinsed.
Omitted the onions, went heavy on the cayenne pepper, and cut the beans in half. Success! :)
Gave this one 5 stars even though I did not use the corn. It was delicious and is now my favorite way to make quinoa. Served with "Cuban Style Sea Bass."
My kids eat this - even my extraordinarily picky 6 year old - and ask for more. Our Colombian maid who hated most American dishes ate this like there was no tomorrow. Fills you up. Definitely a keeper.
This was quite good, though even better the next day in a tortilla wrap. I made it exactly as it is written, and I thought the two cans of black beans worked just right.
Easy to make. Delicious. Will definitely make this again and would recommend it highly.
My 6 year old went bonkers over this recipe. I usually have to beg him to eat and he asked for seconds! Very flavorful, which doesn't always happen with quinoa recipes.
Excellent! When it was done, I did add a squirt of lemon juice, some chopped tomato and a little green onion. I also used canned whole kernel corn since I did not have any frozen.
LOVED THIS!! This was my first time with quinoa and I made the recipe exactly as stated - very, very tasty! My only thought is that it has a very "latin" flare and as such, it seemed like it should have some tomatoes and/or salsa. I think I'll try adding that, next time - but otherwise this was wonderful as is! One note: a tad bit spicy to those who don't like spice ... Although, my husband said it could be spicier for him. Use the cayenne to your own liking.
I cooked this dish twice. The first time I followed the exact recipe. I could not have had a more enjoyable introduction to quinoa! The added texture with the addition of corn and the balance of cayenne and cumin --perfection! The second time, I added shrimp, fresh diced tomatoes, jalapenos and additional chicken broth. FINAL NOTE: i did not add any salt because of the "reduced" sodium in the broth and the canned beans. OMGoodness!!!! This recipe is a winner.
This is a very good recipe. I cheated and bought a container of Pam's southwest back bean salsa which has black beans , corn, onion and red pepper in a olive oil and added to the quinoa. Even better. Delicious!!!
Excellent dish-- I eat as a main course but could easily be a side dish. When making it as a main course I use 1 can of beans and add in zucchini to save on calories. I also up the cumin to a tablespoon because I love that spice. Fresh cilantro is best, but I've used dried and it was still good. If you are new to cooking with quinoa, simmer means turn it way down to low. The first time I made this I left the burner on medium heat and the liquid evaporated before the quinoa was cooked- an easy fix, just add more vegetable broth. You will know it's cooked when the quinoa looks more flat and disc shaped than small and round.
This was excellent!! First time cooking/eating quinoa and am definitely a fan. I used one can of black beans like the other reviewers suggest. We spooned ours into little corn tortillas, topped with a bit of sour cream... yum yum yum. A new favorite is found.
I have tried quinoa before, but this was my first time to make it. WOW!!! It was better than any other I have tasted. I have recommended this recipe to everyone I know. The second time, I added kale and diced tomatoes just because I needed to use them and it was just as good. My kids request this recipe all the time (even if they had it the night before). If I could I would give this recipe more than 5 stars!!! Simple and delicious.
Yum! This is a keeeper! I added some red peppers and used olive oil instead. First time cooking with Quinoa!
Love it. This recipe is super easy, delicious, hearty and very filling. I follow this recipe as listed and have no complaints. Great as a side or as the entree. Even better as leftovers.
EXCELLENT! Followed this recipe as written (minus cayenne, add paprika). Also only used dried ingredients I had on-hand for everything except the onion. Used dried beans that I'd made fresh today. This will be a staple in my rotation. I can already tell this will be amazing the next day! Thanks for a great recipe.
Excellent recipe. Quinoa adds a slightly different taste and texture than rice -- nuttier. It's very good.
A great way to use Quinoa. I doubled the amount of Quinoa, adding 3 cups of veg. broth, used 1 can of black beans and lots of fresh cilantro. Watch out for the salt - you may need no extra if the veg. broth is salty.
When I made this, it seemed highly salty and then I noticed the salt content of the vegtable broth and it was unbelievable. I'm going to try it next with low sodium broth.
This was my first experience with Quinoa. I was very hesitant to it because of the mixed reviews I was getting. This recipe was so amazing that it was directly put in my recipe book and will stay there forever. I made a few tweaks to the recipe. I added only one can of black beans and added more spices (but i love spicy food.) I also used just plain water and added in an extra 1/4 cup. You dont have to use vegetable both water works just as nice and is free. I also just added a whole can of corn instead of just a cup. I also added one cup of quinoa and two cups of water. This recipe is so good and i made pork shanks with it they complimented each other very well.
Really good. I toasted the quinoa first in a dry pan 'til light brown and fragrant. Then you rinse and drain it before adding to this recipe.
This recipie was absolutley delicious, I felt the flavors were all there, and complimented each other nicely, I liked the use of ingredients that kepth the dish native to its south american roots! The only thing I will do differently next time would be to reduce the amount of time i actually cook the quinoa, it seemed slightly over cooked after i simmered for 20 minutes.
Sooo healthy and delicious. Everyone who tries it is always amazed at the wonders of Quinoa. Perfect as is!
This was my first recipe I tried on this website and my first time cooking quinoa. I made it last night and it was so delicious I am making the exact same thing tonight!.. My fiance literally said it was "amazing" and he never says that about my cooking! I am usually a pretty basic cook but I feel like a real gourmet chef now!I even told all the girls at work about how good it was and I already had another friend make it tonight..!she loved it too!! thank you for sharing! 5 stars!
Fantastic! I used canned corn in place of the frozen corn, added chopped tomatoes and served with chicken, avocado, and tortillas with lime wedges on the side.
I love this recipe. I make it almost every week. GREAT
I love this and eat it morning noon n night. I throw a over easy egg n avacado on it in am. Pair it with some rotisserie chick n sweet potatoe for lunch n put it in my taco with pulled chicken for dinner. Yummo!!!!
Delicious! The only thing I changed is I only use one can of beans and I used canned corn instead of frozen. Thanks for a great recipe!
I have been wanting to try a recipe using quinoa and this was it. Great recipe. Only changes I made were to use 1 can of the black beans and I used chicken broth instead of veg broth. I ate it hot right off the stove. Can't wait to see what it tastes like cold.
With 2 vegetarians in the family I'm always looking for something new and quick to fix. We all loved this! I made it exactly by the directions. The only thing I might change is to use less cilantro since some family members are not resl fond of it.
I needed to add more water to my quinoa. I also substituted tomatoes for corn. Great taste!
Excellent! I've made it several times already for me and my husband. I only use one can of the black beans and use chicken broth instead of vegetable. I also like to add chopped red peppers or tomatoes. It's very good with sliced avocado on a wheat tortilla. Try it!
This a great gluten free recipe!
I just love this recipe. It's tasty, filling and good for you. I've substituted zuchinni in place of the corn and was just as good.
This was originally published in my local paper, calling for only one can of beans so that's how I've made it. It's delicious. We usually have it as a main dish with some raw veggies (cucumber, bell pepper strips) to round it out. Two cans of beans would be way too much. Also, I've wanted to mix it up with a can of diced tomatoes but haven't yet.
I have never had quinoa before and I wanted a meatless dish to have during Lent. I thought this was very delicious and filling. It was very easy to make. I followed the exact recipe, but did not add salt. I would definitely make this again. If you are on the Weight Watchers plan, it is 5 Points Plus for a 3/4 cup serving.
*Really good*, especially considering the simplicity of the recipe. The flavors all come together to create something that is really tasty, and quite kid-friendly (all my kids loved it, from the 2 year old to the 6 year old). Very easy to make, and I almost always have the ingredients on hand. Also, a one pot dish! The only substitution I make is I switch out the frozen corn with TJs soycattash frozen veggie blend, only because I rarely have straight up frozen corn on hand. It's delicious!
This is so easy and very delicious (and healthy)! I usually cut back on the beans to one can and increase the corn to 1 1/2 cups.
I don't think it was quite as good as it could have been. I only added 3/4 of a can of beans, and wish I would have added the whole 14oz can of broth. The recipe is unique though and, with a few changes, I see it having potential in a stuffed pepper. EDIT: I added some salsa. That gave it exactly the zing and substance it needed.
Everyone was silent at the dinner table when I served it, and that's a bad sign at my house. (Nobody wanted to hurt my feelings.) I won't be making it again.
Wonderful! This was my first crack at quinoa and I'm hooked. I made the recipe as stated then chilled it a bit before adding a little chopped avocado. Just....WOW! I will have lots of leftovers to enjoy over the next few days..........
awesome. i only used one can of black beans, and PLEASE make sure you soak the quinoa before cooking. there is a detergent coating on all quinoa which can be very irritating to the GI track. i also added Sriracha for more kick!!
This is a very healthy, easy and delicious recipe. I just started cooking with Quinoa and now really enjoy playing with different recipes. I will definitely make again. Also, the leftovers freeze well.
I loved this recipe! This is the third Quinoa recipe I've tried and the best by far. I didn't have cumin or cilantro, but it was still very tasty. I will try it with all of the ingredients next time.
Delicious! I took the advice of other people and used only 1 can of black beans, chicken instead of veggie stock, and added a can of Rotel tomatoes. I didn't think I could pull it off, but it came out tasting great! THANK YOU for the recipe!!
Great every time. I serve it with lemon, avocado, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and warmed corn tortillas. Try eating them taco style with everything loaded inside the corn tortilla - it's delicious.