Change Up Spanish Rice for Spanish Quinoa

Spanish Quinoa | 2CookinMamas

There are just some days that you want to do without the extra starches and added empty calories of processed food and this was one of those days. I decided to try my hand at exchanging the rice in one of our favorite rice dishes, Spanish Rice, with quinoa and see if it would match up. Well it not only matched up but  surpassed it! I think I will be making this in the future in place of our favorite rice version. 

And if you didn’t know, using quinoa is a great benefit to a healthy life style as it is one of the most complete proteins, supplying all eight essential amino acids, and fills you up just as much as whole grains.

Spanish Quinoa


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well
  • 2 cups chicken broth (use vegetable broth for a vegetarian meal)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 10-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 4-oz can green chiles
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder


Drain the diced tomatoes and green chiles, reserving liquids in a 2 cup measuring cup. Fill the measuring cup the remaining way with chicken broth,  up to the 2 cup mark. 

In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa with the 2 cups of tomato-chile-broth mixture. Bring to a boil, cover, lower heat and cook for approximately 15-20 minutes. Fluff with fork.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil and saute onion and pepper for about 5 minutes or until onion is translucent. Add tomatoes, green chiles and chili powder and just heat until tomatoes are warm. Toss in quinoa and serve immediately.

Serves 4.

Serve as a side dish or as a main meal. It is both vegetarian and gluten-free! 

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    Julie @ This Gal Cooks
    04/01/2014 at 10:30 pm I bet this is crazy good, Linda! I love subbing rice with quinoa. Great recipe!
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      Linda Warren
      04/02/2014 at 12:44 pm It was really incredibly good and now I am on the hunt for more recipes to convert. I loved the ones you shared as well.
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    Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen
    04/02/2014 at 3:39 am I love quinoa and love this idea to use it in place of rice! Rice always takes so darn long to cook unless you have a rice cooker, anyway! I'm making chicken enchiladas one night this week so I think I will try it with that! Pinning. :)
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      Linda Warren
      04/02/2014 at 12:38 pm We love quinoa too and finding its many uses in traditional recipes is fun. Let us know how everyone liked it. Thanks for stopping by.
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    Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes
    04/02/2014 at 3:14 pm Love this idea! I am a quinoa addict - actually going to buy some more now at the supermarket. This is such a unique and flavourful idea!
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      Linda Warren
      04/02/2014 at 8:22 pm Hope you like it. It was actually one of the dishes with quinoa that my husband enjoyed. Yay!
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