Quinoa Black Bean Tacos

Quinoa Black Bean Tacos or Taco Salad
Where has this recipe been all my life? It is delicious, filling, and healthy!

A little fun fact about me, tacos are one of my favorite foods, along with potatoes and peppers, oh and chocolate :-)

Quinoa Black Bean Tacos or Taco Salad
I titled this post “Quinoa Black Bean Tacos” but this recipe could also be for taco salad, filling for quesadillas, or even for breakfast burritos.

And now I found I way to eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner – mmm!

Quinoa Black Bean Tacos or Taco Salad
If you use vegetable broth in place of the chicken broth this recipe easily becomes vegetarian.

You might have a man in your life who can’t live without meat, but if you put this dish on the dinner table and serve it with all of their favorite toppings, they won’t notice that it’s meatless.

Quinoa Black Bean Tacos or Taco Salad
We love quinoa. I’ve seen some crazy recipes like quinoa cookies, bread and pizza bites – maybe those will be coming to the blog!

If you’re looking for more quinoa based dished – we have an amazingly fresh recipe for asian quinoa salad, click here to see the post. It incorporates quinoa, edamame, red cabbage, and a cilantro dressing.

Quinoa Black Bean Tacos or Taco Salad

Quinoa Black Bean Tacos


  • 1 & 1/2 cups cooked quinoa (about 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 cup vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilis, undrained
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 & 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 2 (15 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Serve with:
  • Corn or wheat tortillas
  • Corn Chips
  • Chopped lettuce/spinach
  • Cheese
  • Avocado slices
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Salsa


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick saucepan over medium high heat. Also prepare the quinoa in a separate pot as directed on the package.
  2. Once hot, add onion and saute until golden and tender, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add in garlic and saute 30 seconds longer.
  4. Stir in the broth, diced tomatoes, cooked quinoa, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat, cover saucepan with lid and simmer about 20 minutes, until mixture has thickened.
  6. Stir in the corn and black beans and simmer, uncovered 5 - 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Mix in the lime juice and cilantro. Serve with desired toppings.

Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy.


Quinoa Black Bean Tacos or Taco Salad
Take your pick – taco salad or tacos!

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30 Responses to “Quinoa Black Bean Tacos”

  1. Peggy Brogdon Morgan — October 23, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Hi Beth, just wondering how spicy this is? I prefer mild.

    • The First Year Blog — October 23, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Hey Peggy! Not spicy at all! I can’t handle that much spice, and I think just tastes like taco seasoning. But you could always use less seasoning.

    • Peggy Brogdon Morgan — October 24, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Thanks, can’t wait to try it!

  2. Marie@InteriorFrugalista — October 24, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Beth, these look delicious! I’m so glad I found your link at the TGIF party.

    • The First Year Blog — October 25, 2013 at 7:38 am

      And they are delicious too!! I hope you get a chance to make them!

  3. Holly @ Holly's Helpings — October 26, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Well these look absolutely tasty! I bought a bag of quinoa for my latest recipe and I was wondering what to do with the rest of it. My boyfriend loves tacos so this would be right up his alley (even if it is meatless! – haha). Thanks for the recipe.

    • The First Year Blog — October 26, 2013 at 11:02 am

      How perfect is that, I hope you both like it!

  4. angie — October 26, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    looks yummy would be perfect generally any night dressed up or served straight great idea
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  5. joybee83 — October 26, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    This looks like a very tasty taco filling and it’s vegetarian. I love it. Another way to make a taco breakfast would be to make an omelet with this (I love salsa with my eggs so this would work great). I found you through Show Stopper Saturday.

    • The First Year Blog — October 26, 2013 at 11:24 pm

      What a wonderful idea about the taco omelet!

  6. Becca from ItsYummi.com — October 27, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    These look FABULOUS, Beth! I found your recipe on the Marvelous Mondays Link Party!

    • The First Year Blog — October 27, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      Thanks friend!

  7. Jen Nikolaus — October 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Beth! This looks so yummy! We love quinoa at our house, too! Pinning now – would love to have you link this up at Saturday Night Fever!

    • The First Year Blog — October 27, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      Another quinoa lover, woohooo!! Thanks Jen!

  8. Kristin — October 27, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    This sounds great! I’ve been wanting to try quinoa because it’s so healthy. I need to just dive in soon and this recipe looks like just the way to do it. If you get around to it this Tuesday (Monday night) stop by Tips and Tricks Tuesday where we share healthy living advice – we can’t get enough of so e good healthy recipes!

    • The First Year Blog — October 28, 2013 at 8:02 am

      Give it a try, you’ll love it! It’s a bit nutty in flavor, but paired with other ingredients, it’s great!

  9. lulu — October 28, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Quinoa is a staple at our house, so it’s always a good thing to have one more recipe using it as an ingredient. With black beans, we’re sure to like yours.

    • The First Year Blog — October 28, 2013 at 8:01 am

      We love quinoa with black beans too!

  10. Megan — October 28, 2013 at 7:18 am

    These look fantastic! I found your recipe next to my link up at Skip To My Lou’s party. :) I’ve pinned this to try soon.

    • The First Year Blog — October 28, 2013 at 8:03 am

      I appreciate you letting me know where you are coming from!

  11. Teresa — October 28, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    These look so wonderful. Pinning :) – Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Talent Show.

  12. monicapruett — October 31, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Pinned! Featuring at Family Fun Friday. :-)

    • The First Year Blog — October 31, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Thanks friend!!

  13. Grace Grits and Gardening — November 1, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    This looks amazing. I love quinoa and black beans. Pinning! Found you at From The Farm Blog Hop:))

    • The First Year Blog — November 1, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      Enjoy Grace!

  14. cheeriosandlattes1 — November 2, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    These look awesome Beth; great pics too! YUM!

    • The First Year Blog — November 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks for coming by Mackenzie!

  15. Dani Meyer — November 3, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Thank you for submitting your post to the From The Farm blog hop! You were featured as a favorite this week! Please come over and grab a featured blog button and thank the host that picked your post :)


    • The First Year Blog — November 3, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks Dani!


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