This one is super easy, all in one pot! I used red quinoa because that is what I had and it looked and tasted like taco meat. We ended up making "taco" salads with it, but it would be great in enchiladas or burritos. I froze the leftovers, so I'll let you know how it turns out.
2 teaspoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 onion, chopped
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can Rotel tomatoes, undrained
1 can corn, drained
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon lime juice
Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onion to the pan and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the quinoa, broth, beans, Rotel, corn and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Simmer for about 25 minutes, or until the liquid is fully absorbed. Remove from heat. Stir in the cilantro and lime juice. Serve as desired.
Topping possibilities: lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, avocado, tomatoes, chips, chicken
I chose to make mine meatless. Between the quinoa, beans, corn and cheese you have plenty of protein.
My husband made his more like a taco salad. He topped his with Fritos and Catalina dressing - our favorite way to eat taco salad.
My children can't imagine a meal without meat. They are dedicated carnivores, so they added chicken.
Quinoa notes and tips....
- Always rinse quinoa before cooking or it will have a bitter taste.
- I make a large pot at the beginning of the week and use it in all kinds of things (I'll dedicate a post to that soon.)
- Quinoa freezes great.
- Quinoa is gluten free and usually pesticide free. The bitter stuff you are rinsing off serves to ward off pests.
- My favorite quinoa blog...www.cookingquinoa.net. In fact, I just popped over to her site to see if I had typed the address correctly and she posted a very similar recipe that you can stuff in peppers. Funny, I didn't even go to her website for inspiration on purpose! I modified a recipe that I found at www.annies-eats.com
Have you tried quinoa? What's your favorite recipe?