Easy Green Mexican Quinoa

Easy Green Mexican Quinoa

Make your Cinco de Mayo a wild success with this fun, fresh, and simple recipe. This Easy Green Mexican Quinoa is the perfect side dish for any crowd celebrating the festive day!

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Easy Green Mexican Quinoa
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Easy Green Mexican Quinoa

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 158kcal
Author: Kim Maes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup quinoa - rinsed
  • 1 small white onion - roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • 2 cups low-sodium gluten-free chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 4 scallions - coarsely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper - seeded and chopped
  • 4 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 lime - juiced
  • Tomatoes - chopped (optional garnish)


  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir quinoa and onion into hot oil and cook until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add half the minced garlic to the quinoa mixture and cook until garlic is fragrant and slightly softened, 1-2 more minutes. Add salt and broth to the quinoa mixture. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the liquid has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  • In a food processor, finely pulse the remaining minced garlic, cilantro, scallions, jalapeño, spinach leaves, and lime juice. Add mixture to quinoa after the quinoa has been cooking for 15 minutes. Blend thoroughly and cook, covered, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve. Top with tomatoes, if desired, for garnish.


You can substitute rice for the quinoa, if desired, and just cook the rice as directed on the package.


Nutrition Facts
Easy Green Mexican Quinoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 158 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 45mg2%
Potassium 413mg12%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 2160IU43%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Easy Green Mexican Quinoa Recipe

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Tags: Cinco de Mayo Kim Maes Optionally Vegan Optionally Vegetarian Quinoa
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