One Pot Mexican Quinoa is one of our favorites. This is a quick, and easy lunch to put together. It is packed with protein, fiber and nutrients and is dietitian approved.

One Pot Mexican Quinoa

This is a quick, and easy lunch to put together. It is packed with protein, fiber and nutrients and will leave you feeling full and focused for your day.
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Mexican, Vegetarian
Keyword: Budget-friendly, Easy, Fall, Fiber, High protein, Make ahead, Meal prep, Spicy, Winter
Cooking Method: One Dish Meals
Condition: Diabetes, Gluten Free, Nut Free, PCOS, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 cup quinoa uncooked
  • 1 15 oz can black beans drained
  • 1 cup corn frozen
  • 1 14.5 oz can tomato diced, with green chilis
  • 1 jalapeno chopped (optional)
  • 2 bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cheese cheddar
  • 2 tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 1 lime juice
  • toppings salsa, avocado, sour cream, extra cheese, chicken, etc.


  • Place all ingredients (except for cilantro, cheese, lime juice and toppings) in a pot or large, deep pan.
  • Stir the ingredients together and cook on medium heat until all the liquid is absorbed.
  • Add the cheese and stir. Top with cilantro.
  • When you are ready to eat, top with any desired toppings. Enjoy!


Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 458mg | Potassium: 968mg | Fiber: 13g

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Food is Medicine. Yes, what you eat affects your health. Diet can help you manage and prevent chronic illness. Staying healthy prevents absenteeism and helps you feel better all year long. While food cannot replace medication entirely, a healthy diet is your best defense against chronic illness.

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Remember, our One Pot Mexican Quinoa recipe is filled with whole grains!  Quinoa is a grain crop grown for its delicious healthy seeds.  Quinoa is often mispronounced, the correct pronunciation is KEEN-wah.  Take a look at this article about the health benefits of quinoa.

Please note:

Nutrition info is an estimate and may contain errors.



-Recipe blog reviewed and updated by Rebecca Bitzer MS RD LD September 10, 2021

Klara Knezevic is a registered dietitian nutritionist based in Maryland. She has over a decade of experience in the nutrition field and currently serves as the CEO and co-owner of Rebecca Bitzer and Associates, one of the largest nutrition private practices in the country. Klara is passionate about sharing practical nutrition tips to help you feel confident in the choices that you make. Coauthor ofCooking with Food Sensitivities Survival GuideandNourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating.