So I'm totally jumpin' on the one-pan Mexican quinoa bandwagon. It's been all over Pinterest. Erin posted her version. So now it's my turn. I made this last week for the first time and it was absolutely delish. So I knew I had to post it. Not only is this dish super healthy, but it's quick, easy, and you can make it however you want. You can find the original recipe here. But I very rarely follow a recipe exactly. So here's my version of One Pan Mexican Quinoa.
A splash of olive oil
1 medium onion - chopped
4 cloves of garlic - minced
1 cup of quinoa
1 cup of chicken stock (or you could use vegetable stock or water)
1 (14.5 oz) can of diced tomatoes, un-drained
1 (14.5 oz) can of corn (I used no salt added, drained)
Chili powder (1 teaspoon - more or less depending on your tastes)
Cumin (1/2 teaspoon - again more or less depending on your tastes)
Cilantro (I used used dried) 1 teaspoon
Crushed red pepper (totally depends on your tastes - I used just a little bit because I don't like things too spicy!)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 chicken breast, cooked and cubed (optional)
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and saute for about 2-3 minutes. Add in the garlic and saute for another minute or 2 (careful not to burn it - garlic burns QUICKLY!) Add in your can of tomatoes, can of corn, quinoa, chicken stock, and spices. Bring to a boil. Once it's boiling, cover your pan, reduce heat to about medium, and cook until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is done (about 25 minutes.) Once the quinoa is done and the liquid has all been absorbed stir in your cubed chicken until it's heated through. Serve immediately and devour!!!
If you take a look at the original recipe it calls for fire-roasted tomatoes, a can of beans, and a diced jalapeno. If I had fire-roasted tomatoes on hand I definitely would have used those. I don't like beans or jalapenos but they'd definitely give this recipe a more authentic 'Mexican' feel to it, so if you like those ingredients I'd definitely suggest using. You could also use this as filling in tacos or tortillas - YUM!! So play around with this recipe - it's the perfect recipe for that since you really can't mess it up (those are my favorite kinds of dishes!)
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