Black Bean Quinoa

Aug 09


The best thing in the summer is a good side dish! Austin normally grills, so the sides are up to me! Sometimes, I find it hard to keep up the variety- but changing up the spices using really similar ingredients always helps! For this recipe,¬†slightly adapted from 12 Tomatoes, I used cumin and chili powder…it reminded me of the very first time I tried quinoa (recipe here).

The side dish was a hit! I also ate it for lunch the next day!


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  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (according to package instructions)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbs lime juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup frozen mix of peppers and onions (thawed and warmed)
  • 1 15oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy


While preparing the quinoa, whisk together the oil, cumin, chili powder, garlic, lime juice, salt, and cayenne pepper. Set aside.

When the quinoa is done cooking, fold in all the other ingredients.

Serve warm or refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.


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Comments: 36

  1. Michele @ Alwayzbakin Aug 10 at 7:09 am Reply

    Just recently tried quinoa. This looks awesome! Cannot wait to try this one. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Joanne Aug 10 at 8:18 am Reply

    This sounds great for serving alongside some kind of Mexican cuisine! Though, I’d probably be A-OK eating it as a main meal as well. :)

  3. Lauren Kelly Nutrition Aug 14 at 11:06 am Reply

    I love everything about this protein packed dish! :)

  4. Jaime Aug 14 at 11:14 am Reply

    We love quinoa in our house! This is a great recipe. I’ll definitely have to try it soon.

  5. christine Aug 14 at 2:29 pm Reply

    Quinoa and black beans just seem to go together, dontchya think? I love the combo!

  6. I’d never actually had quinoa until just this past week, and I LOVED it! Now I’ll have to try your recipe! AND if only I could get my husband to like it. He wasn’t to KEEN on the QUINoa…haha.

  7. Debbie Denny Aug 14 at 4:39 pm Reply

    Now that looks interesting! I will have to try it.

  8. Chrystal @ YUM eating Aug 14 at 7:11 pm Reply

    I have been looking for some quinoa recipes to try. I finally purchased my first bag and have no idea what to do with it!

  9. Terrie Aug 14 at 7:33 pm Reply

    Bob and I aren’t huge fans of quinoa but tried this for dinner tonight… LOVE LOVE this recipe! Thanks Elizabeth

  10. Black beans and quinoa are just made for each other!

  11. veronica Aug 14 at 8:29 pm Reply

    Quinoa is so good. I have it every once in a while with my salads

  12. Amber Conaway Aug 14 at 8:45 pm Reply

    I have never had quinoa before but it looks SO yummy! I can’t wait to try this thanks for the recipe!

  13. I like quinoa, haven’t had it in awhile, I will have to try this recipe!

  14. Krystal Aug 14 at 10:03 pm Reply

    I’ve never tried this one! Seems like a good recipe!

  15. Carly Anderson Aug 14 at 10:13 pm Reply

    I really need to try out quinoa. This recipe looks like a great one to try it with!

  16. Jennifer Aug 14 at 11:04 pm Reply

    yum!! So healthy and the recipe sounds amazing!

  17. Shasta Walton Aug 14 at 11:32 pm Reply

    This looks so good! I love trying new recipes, so I will have to try this one soon.

  18. Tami Aug 14 at 11:48 pm Reply

    I tried quinoa once and although I thought I wouldn’t like it…I actually found it quite delicious. I must try your recipe. Thanks so much for sharing.

  19. Aug 15 at 2:20 am Reply

    Yummy! Love new healthy recipe ideas.

  20. Rosey Aug 15 at 7:54 am Reply

    That’s a great combination. I’d like this, black beans and quinoa are two of my faves.

  21. Shell Aug 15 at 8:17 am Reply

    This looks really good! Thanks for the recipe!

  22. Christie Aug 15 at 9:56 am Reply

    I love quinoa! Never thought of adding black beans. YUM

  23. Angie | Big Bears Wife Aug 15 at 10:06 am Reply

    It’s like you’re a mind reader! I’ve been looking for a great Black Bean Quinoa recipe!

  24. Lisa Aug 15 at 1:51 pm Reply

    I’ve been wanting to try quinoa but wasn’t sure what to do. This sounds really good!

  25. Tracey Aug 15 at 2:30 pm Reply

    I’m a huge quinoa lover so I was I was excited to see this recipe. I will be trying it out!

  26. Susan Aug 15 at 4:48 pm Reply

    I find sides such a challenge in the summer because I want something light and quick.This looks perfect!

  27. Dawn Aug 15 at 5:05 pm Reply

    I love Quinoa! This recipe looks amazing, I’ll have to try it out.

  28. Tess Aug 15 at 5:23 pm Reply

    I love to use quinoa. So many different dishes you can make using it.

  29. Family Travel Blogger Aug 15 at 5:30 pm Reply

    Oh yum, two of my favorite things quinoa and black beans! I’m always looking for ways to mix things up.

  30. Brett Aug 15 at 8:41 pm Reply

    This looks delicious. I’ve always wanted to try quinoa.

  31. Amy Desrosiers Aug 15 at 9:43 pm Reply

    What a unique and appealing combination! I have not experimented too much with quinoa but it does look great!!

  32. Angela S Aug 15 at 11:42 pm Reply

    I really enjoy quinoa but this is very different than anything I have made. I’ll have to try this.

  33. Dina Aug 16 at 1:35 pm Reply

    I like quinoa. I’ve never made it and need to try this recipe.

  34. Janeane Davis Aug 16 at 5:05 pm Reply

    Quinoa is such a good food. It is a new food that I am feeding our family with some success.

  35. Bobbie Aug 17 at 12:16 am Reply

    I love Quinoa. I am looking forward to trying this recipe.

  36. Shannon Gosney Aug 17 at 2:38 am Reply

    I haven’t tried many Quinoa dishes, but this sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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