Spicy Black Bean Quinoa

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I hope your week is off to a great start!  As promised, I have a recipe to share with you today—spicy black bean quinoa.


There’s so much to love about this recipe:  it’s healthy, nutritious, delicious, and above all, easy to prepare.  It’s a no-fuss dish that calls for less than 30 minutes in the kitchen, yet lasts the entire week.


As you can tell from the Tupperware, I’ve gotten in the habit of preparing a batch every Sunday to have on hand for weekday lunches.


Here’s a tip:  Wilt spinach in the microwave for 30 seconds and then layer the quinoa on top.  More veggies for the win!


Spicy Black Bean Quinoa

Inspired by Anne P.’s Vegan Mexican Quinoa Salad


1 cup uncooked quinoa

1 cup water

1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 red pepper, chopped

1 orange pepper, chopped

1 yellow pepper, chopped

1 cup salsa

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon Tabasco

pepper to taste

1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped

1 ripe avocado (optional)


1.  Combine quinoa, water, and vegetable broth in a pot.  Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce to a simmer, and cook 10 to 12 minutes (until all liquid is absorbed).

2.  Let quinoa cool, then combine in a large bowl with other ingredients.

3.  Cut avocado and top portion with a few slices.

26 responses to “Spicy Black Bean Quinoa

  1. Yum! I’m loving quinoa lately…and hubby too! Whoa.

    • Kat, you’ll love this–and you can add more spice, too. Had to make it conservative on the spiciness scale for the blog. 😉

  2. Ooh, could make this for Mr Tuna’s lunches!

  3. I pop spinach in the microwave to wilt it too. It’s a great trick to add more veggies I agree. This meal looks awesome- I’m loving the colors and of course, spicey foods are the best foods! 😀

  4. MM looks tasty, I like anything spicy.

    • You should add more Tabasco or spices when you make it–had to keep it relatively conservative on the spiciness scale for everyone. 😉

  5. Hmmmmm…. I might have to give this recipe a shot. I tried to concoct a fajita style quinoa last year with black beans, peppers, and chicken but I wasn’t a fan. I like the ingredient line up in yours, looks super tasty!

  6. This looks delicious!! Thanks for the recipe! Love quinoa and black beans.

  7. Not going to lie…when I saw this I was really excited to read the post. This sounds really good!

  8. I’m loving Quinoa right now! Can’t wait to try this recipe out, thanks for sharing girl 🙂

  9. Thanks for posting! I love black beans and quinoa together. After seeing this on your blog since last week, I’m glad it’s up so I can try it!

  10. Looks like I have my dinner recipe for tomorrow night 🙂 I just showed Marty these pictures and he insisted we try it!

  11. Yum!! Quinoa is one of my new favorite things!! Looks like a great recipe, can’t wait to try it! 🙂

  12. the spicier the better!!! I am so behind on the quinoa train. I actually haven’t had it yet 😡 but I bought some this weekend so this is definitely going to be my first home recipe with it!

  13. This looks amazing!!! I love black beans. I’ll def bookmark this one.

  14. Delicious! I’ll have to try this sometime!

  15. Bridget@Happyhealthyandhot

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. Black beans are a huge staple in our diet and we recently bought quinoa to start cooking with. I wonder if adobo sauce would be good with it too? We love to put it with our black bean and rice mixtures. I’m going to try it this week. Can’t wait!

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