Tex-Mex Tomato Quinoa

I came across this recipe after Heather from Where’s the Beach left a comment on my Grilled Mediterranean Veggies with Bean Mash post. I clicked on her website link, and initially just bookmarked the recipe to try at a later date, but then I started to think about lunch, and realized that I had everything on hand to make it.

Tex-Mex Tomato Quinoa - Vegan and Gluten-Free

I’ve made impromptu Mexican rice a few times, but I’ve always used white or brown rice. Using quinoa is an even healthier alternative, so I doubt that I’ll use anything else going forward.

I’ve always just used vegetable broth or water to make my quinoa. It never occurred to me to use canned tomatoes. Again, it’s something I’ll be keeping in mind in the future.

Tex-Mex Tomato Quinoa - Vegan and Gluten-Free

Thanks Heather, for this easy little recipe!

Tex-Mex Tomato Quinoa - Vegan and Gluten-Free


  • I added a sauteed onion and 1 clove of minced garlic to the quinoa, along with some cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. I served it alongside some baby spinach and black beans, with a slice of lime and some fresh cilantro (fresh coriander).
  • This makes 2 generous servings. I served everything in a bowl on the first day, and opted for a plate the next day.
  • The quinoa is simple but satisfying and it would be a great side dish to any Southwest/Mexican meal, including refried beans, taco salad, enchiladas or fajitas. I add quinoa directly into my vegan chili, but this would be great served with regular vegetarian chili.
Vegan Tex-Mex Tomato Quinoa
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This quick and easy side dish is great with a side of beans or any other Mexican-style dish. Vegan and Gluten-Free.
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Mexican, Southwest, Tex-Mex
Serves: 2
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ⅓ cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 can (400ml) diced tomatoes, with liquid
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • salt and pepper
  • lemon wedges
  • cilantro (fresh coriander)
  1. In a medium saucepan, mix quinoa and diced tomatoes (with juice) and bring to boil. Lower heat to lowest setting, cover saucepan and simmer until quinoa is ready, about 15 minutes.
  2. While quinoa is cooking: in a frying pan, heat oil over medium heat and stir-fry the onion, garlic, cumin and chili powder until onions translucent.
  3. Mix onion mixture into quinoa mixture and season with salt and pepper. Serve garnished with lime wedges and cilantro.
Adapted from: http://wheres-the-beach.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/hitting-gym-and-lazy-means-creative-tex.html


  1. You’re awesome girl – that looks so good! Love the addition of the sauteed garlic.

    • vegangela says:

      Hi Heather – Thanks again for this great little recipe! Sorry it took so long to post, but I wanted to get all my “summery” ones out of the way first. I love the idea of cooking the quinoa with canned tomatoes… who knew? Anyway, thanks again and keep in touch! :)

      • I’m just glad you liked it! Thanks so much for posting it and linking back. Much appreciated ;-)

  2. Amanda says:

    I made this dish for Thanksgiving and loved it! I usually use veggie broth with my quinoa but I loved the tomato base instead!

    • vegangela says:

      Hi Amanda – Thanks so much for letting me know! I’m glad you liked it. I always used broth before as well, but this is such a nice option. I’ve got a creamy-tomato version coming soon… stay tuned :)

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