We’ve spiced up the tired side dish routine by creating a healthy Mexican quinoa loaded with only the freshest of our favorite ingredients—jalapeños, green tomatillo sauce, cilantro and lime.

While Spanish rice is a perfectly swell wingman for spicy grilled shrimp tacos, an authentic side dish good enough to stand alone will win you high-fives all around.

The best part about this recipe is that everyone can dress it to his or her liking. Set all of the toppings out in bowls and let your tribe build their own. That means less work for you and more happy tummies!

A bowl of delicious Mexican quinoa.

Mexican Quinoa Recipe

Make an authentic side dish tonight that’s good enough to stand alone—this easy recipe for Mexican quinoa is healthy and fresh!


Yield: 6 -8 servings
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  • In a large skillet, add the oil and heat until shimmering. Sauté the onion, celery, carrot and jalapeño about 3–4 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the veggies and stir into the mixture. Cook the flour for 1 minute then add chicken or vegetable broth. Whisk to combine. Scrape the bits (the fond) from bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  • Cover and let simmer for 10 minutes. Five minutes before serving, stir in the green tomatillo sauce and cooked quinoa. Sprinkle with cilantro and red pepper flakes.
  • Garnish with white onions, lime and cilantro. Enjoy!


If you’re looking for a main dish with similar fresh flavors, give our Mexico City-style one-pan chicken a whirl!
Calories: 200kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 532mg, Potassium: 386mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g
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Mexican quinoa recipe