Quinoa with Salsa and Black Beans

I was just looking over my blog and was surprised to see that I hadn’t posted one of my very favorite quinoa recipes.  I’ve been making this for about 3 years, long before I went high-raw or vegetarian.

This is the recipe I give to folks that want to try quinoa for the first time (love you quinoa virgins!) as it is easy, quick, contains ingredients that most folks have on hand and, most importantly, it quite tasty.

Quinoa with Salsa and Black Beans

2 Tb olive oil or grapeseed oil
1 c dry quinoa
1 c salsa
2 c water
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

Toppings: avocado, diced cilantro, more salsa, tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream

1. Heat the oil and brown the quinoa.
2. Mix in salsa and water and bring to a boil. Add beans, cover and simmer for 20 min or until quinoa is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.

In the above picture I used this salsa which is yellow-ish, thus you can’t really ‘see’ the salsa in the photo.

It is good as is or as a salad topper for a vegan taco salad.

My kids don’t do salsa, even the most mild kind (they are poor excuses for Texans, huh?) so I usually save some beans out and either make a bean dip or bean and cheese quesadillas.

What is your favorite quinoa recipe? 

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11 thoughts on “Quinoa with Salsa and Black Beans

  1. My favorite quinoa recipe is the Zucchini Quinoa Lasagna from Mama
    Pea (peasandthankyou.com). I’ve had rave reviews each time I made it for an event. I even dared to try it in the crock pot and it was great too! Very versatile! Actually, it is the only quinoa recipe I have ever tried. I love it so much, I just keep making it again and again. It has my husband and kid (not both) seal of approval. I will try your salsa recipe next. I will let you know how that goes.

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