One-Pan Mexican Quinoa Dish

I don't have a legit name for this dish, but I figured the whole "one-pan" thing was pretty important. It is to me anyway! A healthy, fulfilling meal that requires minimal cleaning afterwards? It's a winner, for sure.
one pan mexican

I was inspired by another recipe I found but I changed it up enough that I'm claiming it as my own now. This recipe will make about 4 servings. Here's what you'll need:

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup quinoa
1 cup vegetable broth
1 can of rotel
1 cup corn kernels
2 bell peppers, diced
1-2 teaspoons chili powder (depending on how spicy you like things!)
Salt/Pepper to taste
Lime juice
Fresh chopped cilantro (I used a large handful, this is up to your taste buds as well!)

Heat the oil in a skillet (med-high) and add the garlic. Stir it a few minutes until your entire house smells of delicious garlic. Sidenote- Jared walked in while I was at this step and was SO excited about whatever I was making… I had to break it to him that it was only 2 ingredients so far ;)

Then dump in the quinoa, vegetable broth, rotel, corn, diced bell peppers and chili powder. Mix, mix, mix! Add the salt and pepper to taste. Resist sneaking a bite!
Bring your one-pan awesomness to a boil and then cover, reduce the heat and leave it alone until the quinoa is fully cooked. This should only be about 20ish minutes. Once the quinoa is cooked, stir in the lime juice and cilantro. Try not to go overboard on your lime juice and cilantro like I always do… but really, I can't get enough of those flavors. I mean, I could seriously just dive into this bag right now and be happy.

This was delicious by itself, and also served over a chopped up avocado for an even more filling meal! You really can't go wrong with this recipe and could substitute/add many things to make it fit your tastes! You could also add black beans, or diced jalapeno for an even spicier meal. While I'm trying my best to limit my dairy intake, I know a dollop of sour cream or some shredded cheese would taste delicious with this meal as well.

Save this recipe, make it soon and make it often!


  1. Ooo I have never made anything like this but it look delish! I may have to attempt it now! Happy Thursday!

  2. This sounds delicious! I needed a new quinoa recipe - I'm going to make this next :)

  3. Can't wait to try this!!!! Yum!! I know I'll use way more than a normal amount of cilantro and lime! Can't help it ;)

  4. This sounds SO good... definitely going to give it a try!

  5. Looks amazing. I've been wanting to try some new dishes using quinoa!! :)

  6. one pan + no meat? sold. get in my belly. i found you through your guest post about disney! :)

  7. One pan wonder meals are my go to meals at all time. Sounds so good.

  8. This sounds so yummy! I can't wait to try it.

  9. Yum!! I love a good one pan, easy weeknight meal!!! I will definitely try this. Just pinned it :)

  10. I do love a meal that allows me to take it easy on the dishes!! I haven't fallen in love with quinoa yet...maybe now is the time?!

  11. I can not wait to try this!!! Looks sooo good!

  12. I pinned this one for later! Looks delicious!!

    1. Thanks for pinning, Kim! It was so tasty, we've made it twice already. Hope you enjoy it :)

  13. I made this last week and it was so yummy!!! It was the perfect thing to fill me up during my 10-day cleanse!!!


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