Mexican Quinoa Skillet

Mexican Quinoa Skillet is an easy, one-pot meal using common pantry ingredients, made in less than 30 minutes.  {vegan, gluten free}  Thank you to through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network for sponsoring this post.

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Move over frozen pizza, pasta and take-out!  We have a new easy weeknight dinner solution that is delicious, quick to make and healthy too. This Mexican Quinoa Skillet has become my new go-to dinner for busy nights,…or lunches or any time really, because it’s just so good and my kids love it!

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Mexican Quinoa Skillet is packed with healthy goodness using foods that I always have in my pantry, such as canned black beans, corn and diced tomatoes. Canned foods really make homemade easy!  As a result, there is little prep, hands on time is minimal and a healthy, homemade dinner is served in under 30 minutes.

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This Mexican Quinoa Skillet is suitable for a variety of dietary needs, such as vegan or gluten free diets. It can also be customized with whatever other vegetables you want to add and/or with your desired toppings.  We love it served with avocado and cheese!

Mexican Quinoa Skillet
Yields: 4 servings
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo, minced
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup corn (canned works well)
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with chiles, not drained
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • juice of ½ lime
  1. Heat oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add chipotle chile and garlic and saute until fragrant (about 1 minute). Stir in quinoa and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, stir to combine and switch heat to high to bring to a boil. Then cover, reduce to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes, or until quinoa is cooked and liquid is absorbed. Squeeze lime juice over cooked mixture and fluff with a fork. Serve with desired toppings.
Topping suggestions: cheese, avocado, cilantro, sour cream, Greek yogurt, diced tomatoes, green onions

Adapted from Peanut Butter Runner

For 2015, I am proud to be ambassador for the Cans Get You Cooking program…or rather a “canbassador.”  This means throughout the year, I will be sharing delicious recipes (like this Mexican Quinoa Skillet) featuring a variety of canned foods, as well as keeping you up to date on all the happenings with the campaign at

February is National Canned Food month, so there are lots of exciting details to share:

Cans Make the Meal with Kelsey Nixon 30-Minute TV Special

Cans Get You Cooking produced a 30-minute special that will air on Cooking Channel during the month of February, National Canned Food Month. The special features Cooking Channel star Kelsey Nixon as she takes viewers down the canned food aisle and into her kitchen, sharing fun canned food facts, and creating delicious recipes inspired by the canned foods in her Cantry.  Airdates are:

  • February 08, 2015 10:00 AM EST
  • February 14, 2015 10:00 AM EST
  • February 15, 2015 10:00 AM EST
  • February 22, 2015 10:00 AM EST
  • February 28, 2015 10:00AM EST

Cantry Cook-Off Recipe Contest for a chance to win $5,000!

In honor of National Canned Food Month, Kelsey Nixon will be judging Cans Get You Cooking’s Cantry Cook-Off Recipe Contest! Entrants must create a unique recipe using at least two canned food items and submit the recipe, along with a photo of their dish for a chance to win $5,000!  Here’s where you can enter: (You have until March 31, 2015 to enter)

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Cantry Thursdays

The idea behind “Cantry Thursdays” is by the time Thursdays roll around, most of your groceries have been used or spoiled. And when you’re tired from the long week, a lot of times the last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  As I learned with this Mexican Quinoa Skillet recipe, the answer does not have to be frozen pizza or take out…it’s you’re Cantry!  Nutritious, fresh and flavorful meals are achievable quickly and easily thanks to the canned foods in your pantry.  A stocked Cantry can help on those Thursdays (or any day of the week!) to help get a nutritious, homemade meal on the table that you can feel great serving.

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  1. What a tasty way to use quinoa!

  2. I just bought some quinoa and I’ve been wondering what to do with it! This sounds perfect!

  3. This looks delicious, and healthy to boot!! Winner..

  4. This looks like a dinner that’s full of flavor and it’s to make too. A great use for quinoa.

  5. Such a great quick, easy and healthy dinner!