Spanish-Style Quinoa

Are you looking for a high-protein delicious version of Spanish rice? Check out our healthy recipe of Spanish-Style Quinoa.

Spanish-Style Quinoa

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Spanish-Style Quinoa

This is a delicious high-protein alternative to traditional Spanish rice from However, we’ve added our own twists and kicks for a filling and healthy recipe. It’s a great side dish for any meal, or a perfect replacement for any rice filler.


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 (8 ounce) can of tomatoes
  • 1 can of black beans (rinsed)
  • 2 ¼ cups of vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin


  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in the quinoa, onion, garlic, and green pepper. Cook and stir 5 to 10 minutes or until the onion is tender and the quinoa is lightly toasted.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes, vegetable broth, and add the seasonings. Bring everything to a boil and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer—stirring occasionally—until the quinoa is tender and the liquid is absorbed—about 30 minutes. About 5 minutes before the quinoa is done, add in the can of black beans.
  3. We also recommend adding lime, cilantro, and salt to taste. You can also replace the canned tomatoes with salsa and add additional peppers for and even bigger kick.
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