Spanish Quinoa – A Take on Spanish Rice

Spanish Quinoa is a protein-boosted take on your favorite.Spanish Rice. All the same delicious flavors of tomatoes, onions, peppers and diced green chiles are there and it takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish. Perfect paired with your favorite Mexican dinner.

Spanish Quinoa | 2 Cookin Mamas Spanish Quinoa is a protein-boosted take on your favorite.Spanish Rice. All the same delicious flavors of tomatoes, onions, peppers and diced green chiles are there and it takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish. #quinoa #sidedish #spanishrice #dinner #recipe

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.

Spanish Quinoa square | 2 Cookin Mamas

I love making dishes with quinoa, like Quinoa Waffles, Quinoa Salad and Shrimp & Quinoa Skillet. Whether it’s a main or a side dish, I always feel good about adding it to the menu. Quinoa can be an essential part of a healthy life style, as a complete protein it supplies all eight essential amino acids and it fills you up just as much as whole grains.

Spanish Quinoa ingredients | 2 Cookin Mamas

This recipe is super easy and surpassed all my expectations! In fact, I think I will be making this in the future in place of our favorite rice version. All you need are 8 basic ingredients that you can find in your kitchen. And it can be on the table in less than 30 minutes! The hardest part is cooking the quinoa – I know, not too hard is it?! While the quinoa is cooking just saute the onion and green pepper. Once that is done it’s just a matter of tossing everything together. And what you get is a bowl of yum!!! And it’s gluten-free as well as vegetarian if you use vegetable broth.

Spanish Quinoa bite | 2 Cookin Mamas

I like to serve mine as a side to my favorite Mexican dishes like Chicken Enchiladas and Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos.

Enjoy!

5 from 2 votes
Spanish Quinoa square 2 | 2 Cookin Mamas
SPANISH QUINOA
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Spanish Quinoa is a protein-boosted take on your favorite.Spanish Rice. All the same delicious flavors of tomatoes, onions, peppers and diced green chiles are there and it takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish. Perfect paired with your favorite Mexican dinner.

Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • 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
  • 10 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 4 oz can green chiles
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
Directions
  1. 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.
  2. 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 minutes. Fluff with fork.

  3. 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.

 

Check out the variety of quinoa, such as our favorite Nature’s Earthly Choice Premium Organic 100% Whole Grain Quinoa, found on Amazon.com. It’s a great place to pick up packaged raw foods as well as gluten-free foods. And if you are part of Amazon Prime there is free 2-day shipping.

 

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    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!

    • Reply
      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.

  • Reply
    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. 🙂

    • Reply
      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.

  • Reply
    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!

    • Reply
      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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  • Reply
    Claire
    04/22/2018 at 1:10 pm

    This is just a great side dish.
    Spanish rice is a firm favourite in our household and this quinoa version is such a great change.
    Everyone loves it 😀
    Thank you for the recipe

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      04/22/2018 at 3:00 pm

      So glad you liked it! It’s one of our favorites.

  • Reply
    Jenn L
    04/22/2018 at 2:24 pm

    I LOVE spanish rice as a side dish and this tasty quinoa version is beyond wonderful! So colorful and healthy!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      04/22/2018 at 2:58 pm

      Thanks Jenn! We really like it so much now it’s the only one we make.

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