Tex-Mex Quinoa With... 2.000

Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Dinner in Minutes Apr 23, 2019

…whatever you have on hand – ripe avocado, cooked chicken or turkey, cured chorizo slices, zucchini or leftover roasted vegetables. The quinoa cooks to a lovely bronze color and is imbued with familiar flavors.

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Tested size: 2-3 servings

  • 1/2 medium orange bell pepper
  • 1 medium jalapeño pepper (may substitute a pinch of ground cayenne pepper)
  • 2 medium cloves garlic
  • 3/4 cup canned, no-salt-added black beans
  • 1/2 cup dried white quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup no-salt-added vegetable broth or water
  • 3/4 cup canned, no-salt-added crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels (regular or fire-roasted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Small handful parsley (may substitute cilantro)
  • 1 lime, for serving
  • Sour cream, for serving


Discard the stem, seeds and white ribs from the bell pepper, then dice the remaining flesh into 1/4-inch pieces. Repeat with jalapeño, except you will mince instead of dice. Mince the garlic.

Drain the black beans. Rinse the quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer.

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan until shimmering, over medium heat.

Stir in the bell pepper, jalapeño and garlic; cook for 1 minute, then add the chili powder, cumin and dried oregano, stirring to incorporate. Cook for 1 minute, then add the rinsed/drained quinoa, the broth or water, the tomatoes and beans, the corn, salt and pepper. Stir to distribute evenly, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 15 minutes, at which point the liquid should be absorbed. If not, keep cooking for a few more minutes. Remove from the heat.

Coarsely chop the parsley, then gently stir some of it into the quinoa, along with any add-in ingredient you have on hand.

Cut the lime into wedges. Top each portion with a dollop of sour cream and serve with the lime wedges.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from “Dinner Just for Two,” by Christina Lane (Countryman Press, 2019).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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