Spanish quinoa is a delicious and healthy alternative to Spanish rice which is made with refined white rice. This protein-packed recipe is quick, easy, and is made in one pot. A perfect side dish on Taco Tuesday or a great addition to burritos or burrito bowls.
I’ve been making Spanish rice for YEARS. My mother made the BEST Spanish rice and she taught me how to make it right before Tom and I got married. My mom learned how to make it from Mrs. Perez, who was a neighbor and also happened to be my Aunt Mary Kay’s mother-in-law.
Mrs. Perez came over to our house every Christmas morning with homemade tamales, her incredible Spanish rice, and two types of salsa. To this day I crave that meal every Christmas morning!
I’ve tried to make Spanish rice using brown rice instead of white rice, but the texture is just not right. Recently, I decided to experiment using quinoa instead of white rice.
Quinoa is high in protein, fiber, and iron and is a whole grain and, as it turns out, it is DELICIOUS when I add the ingredients found in my favorite Spanish rice recipe! All of the flavors I love without using refined white rice. Perfect as a side dish with tacos or enchiladas or in a burrito bowl with my slow cooker refried beans.
Spanish quinoa is a delicious and healthy alternative to Spanish rice which is made with refined white rice. This protein-packed recipe is quick, easy, and is made in one pot. A perfect side dish on Taco Tuesday or a great addition to burritos and burrito bowls.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 1 cup green pepper, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- fresh cilantro chopped for garnish
Heat olive oil in saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and green pepper and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and continue sauteing another 2-3 minutes until tender.
Stir in quinoa, tomato sauce, broth, and garlic powder. Bring to a boil.
Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Simmer 20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Fluff with fork and serve.
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