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One Skillet Southwestern Quinoa

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One Skillet Southwestern Quinoa has the flavors of the Southwest mixed with sautéed vegetables and quinoa to create a quick and easy meal that cooks in one skillet. 

One Skillet Southwestern Quinoa

I am all about meals that only require one dish, pan or skillet to make.  I don’t know about you but I hate doing dishes, even if it just means loading and unloading the dishwasher or washing a few pans.  I am that person that loves to cook but dreads the clean up.

My husband makes fun of me because I clean up while cooking. Yup–that is my slightly obsessively clean side coming through.  I just hate to create a delicious meal, sit down to eat and then have to finish it off by cleaning up a pile of dishes.  I prefer to multi-task and clean up as I go.  Needless to say when I made today’s recipe for One Skillet Southwestern Quinoa I was pretty excited to only dirty one skillet.  It’s the little things in life, right? 🙂

One Skillet Southwestern Quinoa I wasn’t sure if my husband would be thrilled about today’s dish because he isn’t always a huge fan of quinoa.  He thinks it is bland (and I would agree) but that is why you have to really spice it up and add flavors to it.  One Skillet Southwestern Quinoa mixes the flavors of the Southwest with quinoa, corn, red peppers, diced tomatoes, cumin, chili powder and vegetable broth to bring this dish to life.

If you like burrito bowls at Chipotle this is similar but with quinoa instead of that delicious cilantro-lime rice.  You can really tailor this dish to your liking too.  If you are a vegetarian you could try tofu or avocado to top this dish.  If you like meat try chicken, beef or maybe pork.  Garnish it up with cilantro, green onions, fresh jalapeños, cheese…get crazy with the garnishes!

One Skillet Southwestern Quinoa

One Skillet Southwestern Quinoa

One Skillet Southwestern Quinoa

  • Author: Julia // A Cedar Spoon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner, One Skillet, 30 minutes
  • Cuisine: Southwestern


One Skillet Southwestern Quinoa has the flavors of the Southwest mixed with sautéed vegetables and quinoa to create a quick and easy meal that cooks in one skillet.



  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Jalapeño, seeds removed, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
  • 110oz can of Rotel (you can sub a 15oz can of diced tomatoes and a small 4oz-can of diced green chilies, even though it is a bit more oz it still works great)
  • 1 cup quinoa (red or your choice)
  • 1 cup vegetable broth (or chicken broth), low sodium
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Garnish:
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Avocado
  • Cheese
  • Lime juice
  • Fresh jalapeño


  1. In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Sauté the jalapeño, onion and red pepper until soft, about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add the Rotel, quinoa, vegetable broth, corn, black beans and spices to the skillet. Bring the quinoa mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 25-30 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed into the quinoa.
  3. Remove from the heat and serve warm.
  4. Garnish with cilantro, cheese, avocado, lime juice, fresh jalapeños or garnish of you choice.

Adapted from Annie’s Eats

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Thursday 18th of September 2014

Am making this right now! Don't know what Rotel is. I used a can of diced tomatoes and 1/4 cup of salsa verde (I didn't have any green chilies in my cupboard). Also, I am going to stir in a about 3 cups of diced spinach at the end. ... Just had a taste! Mmmmm!


Friday 19th of September 2014

Rotel is basically diced tomatoes with diced chilies mixed together in a can. It is a great idea to use salsa verde instead of green chilies. I bet that had great flavor! Spinach is also a great addition. Thanks for the ideas!


Tuesday 16th of September 2014

LOVED this recipe...I'll definitely be making it again. So easy & delicious, thanks for sharing!


Wednesday 17th of September 2014

So glad you liked it Suzanne! Thanks for the feedback.

Isadora @ she likes food

Sunday 7th of September 2014

I also hate doing all the clean up after cooking, so this is my kind of meal! Not to mention that I love Mexican food and quinoa! I love making one pot dishes and taking them for lunch all week, so I think I will add this recipe to my rotation :)


Monday 8th of September 2014

Sounds like we are on the same page Isadora!

Carol at Wild Goose Tea

Tuesday 2nd of September 2014

One skillet and Southwest is a grabber for me anytime. I like it! A little different with the quinoa for another texture.


Tuesday 2nd of September 2014

It is a nice twist with the quinoa! Thanks Carol.

Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats

Tuesday 2nd of September 2014

Ugh dishes. The devil child of cooking! Love anything that takes one skillet and this is a fabulous twist on a skillet dinner!


Tuesday 2nd of September 2014

I agree! And thanks--one skillet dinners are my favorite this time of year.