This Southwestern Quinoa and Black Beans recipe can be made in about twenty minutes and works as a light main course for lunch or as a side dish! Healthy and delicious!

Southwestern Quinoa and Black Beans

This Southwestern Quinoa and Black Beans recipe can be made in less than 30 minutes and doubles as a healthy side dish or light main course for lunch! 

Course Main or Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican, southwestern
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Calories 285 kcal
Author Tempie


  • 1 tbsp ghee or olive oil
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper
  • 1 large jalapeƱo, ribs and seeds removed if desired, finely chopped
  • 3 small cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt or to taste
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup quinoa (rinsed if not pre-rinsed kind)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cups frozen sweet corn (no need to defrost)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (or to taste)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice or to taste (about 1/2 large lime)


  1. Heat oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and peppers to the pan, and let cook, stirring occasionally until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, chili powder, onion powder and cumin to the pan and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. 

  2. Add the quinoa, black beans, corn, salt and water to the pan and stir together. 

  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and let simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed,  15-20 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Add the cilantro and lime juice to taste. Mix together, check seasonings, adjust if necessary and serve. 

Nutrition Facts
Southwestern Quinoa and Black Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 285 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 319mg 13%
Potassium 132mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 2g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 23.7%
Vitamin C 36%
Calcium 1.9%
Iron 11.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.