Thursday, June 28, 2012

Black Bean Quiona Mexican Bowls

This is one of the most perfect summer recipes.  It requires little prep work. It is warm and hearty but you don't have to turn the oven on.

I have been using quinoa left and right lately. Mr. J doesn't seem to mind it as long as it is jazzed up with bold flavors.  This dish certainly meets that requirement.

Inspired by Chipotle and a ripe avocado on the counter I decided I wanted a burrito for dinner.  But they can be heavy and it was like a million degrees outside. Instead of a burrito I opted for a  rice bowl and then I realized we had quinoa.  Quinoa bowl it was...

Topped with lots and lots of salsa. I realized now that my salsa collection is starting to rival my nut butter collection. You can customize this for any taste with varying the amount of seasonings and toppings.  I loaded on the hot stuff.  And then had a nice cold beer.

Mexican Black Bean Quinoa Bowls

by Emily Morris
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can corn kernels, no salt added
  • 1 can diced green chilies
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red peppers
  • shredded cheese of your preference
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • sour cream
  • salsa
Cook quinoa according to directions with water.

Mix beans, corn, chilies, tomatoes, garlic and spices in bowl. Combine until well blended.

Put layer of quinoa in serving dish. Top with equal amounts of black bean mixture. Layer with cheese. Melt in microwave till cheese is melted, about 30 seconds.

Top with avocado, salsa and sour cream.

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  1. You're so lucky that Mr. J is willing to eat quinoa! I love the recipe!

  2. I'm still new to quinoa because my kids and husband were not into it when we had it at a bbq party outside. This looks really delicious to me though. It's easy and healthy meal that we all need!

  3. Looks like a party in a bowl!! I have been craving Mexican style food ever since we ate at Chipotle. :)

  4. Hi There! I just stumbled on your blog and was reading the About section and saw that you went to Bryn Mawr. I went there myself as well! So I wanted to give a proper hello to a fellow Mawrter.

    I really enjoy your recipes. Please keep up the great work!

  5. That looks delicious--and MUCH healthier than going to Chipotle.

  6. What a great bowl! I am on a quinoa kick lately!

  7. I am ALL about quinoa! This bowl looks amazing!

  8. Wow - that looks perfect! So bright and colorful. I think honey bunny would love this!

  9. Mexican food has never looked so healthy but delicious my friend :D


  10. This is definitely way better than a burrito! Sounds so delicious =)

  11. i will try this recipe sometime. i am into quinoa now as well and love the mexican spin on it.

  12. I LOVE this! I want it for dinner tonight please!


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