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Black Bean & Corn Quinoa

Some vegan quinoa recipes are boring, but this one definitely isn't. My daughter’s college asked parents for the best quinoa recipes to use in the dining halls. This healthy quinoa recipe fits the bill. —Lindsay McSweeney, Winchester, Massachusetts
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro, divided


  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, red pepper, celery and seasonings; cook and stir 5-7 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • Stir in stock and corn; bring to a boil. Stir in quinoa. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  • Add beans and 1/3 cup cilantro; heat through, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is an ancient South American grain. It’s often referred to as the “the perfect grain” because, unlike other grains, it offers a complete protein. This makes quinoa an excellent choice for vegetarian and vegan meals, which can otherwise tend to be low in protein
  • Chili powder is a seasoning blend made primarily from dried chili peppers. Other ingredients commonly include garlic, onion, salt, oregano, cumin, coriander, cloves, cinnamon and even cocoa powder.
  • Explore all the delicious ways to make quinoa power bowls.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1-1/4 cups: 375 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 668mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 10g fiber), 13g protein.


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    • Clementine1228
      May 5, 2020

      Good base of a recipe, but needed modifications to make it tastier. - extra chili powder - fresh cloves of garlic (2-3) garlic powder - red pepper flakes Added in the remainder of a jar of smokey chipotle salsa when finished cooking. Served with cheese -- YUM

    • Charlene
      Aug 11, 2019

      This is a delicious recipe and I did make a few changes after reading the reviews of others. I cooked all the veggies separate with the exception of the frozen corn I added to the red quinoa the last 5 minutes. Ingredient and other Changes Used vegetable oil Added 1 tbsp lime juice Cumin instead of chili powder Salt added 1/2 teaspoon and no pepper Italian parsley instead of cilantro Added approximately 12 cut up cooked baby carrots (cooked in microwave 1st) After everything was mixed together added 2 tbsp of butter

    • Kathy
      Jun 25, 2019

      Delicious! I bought the multi color quinoa and I used 1 cup water and 1 cup chicken stock, added some lime juice. Very good as a cold salad also.

    • Kristens198
      Apr 27, 2019

      Delicious and nutritious! We always skip the added salt and pepper. My husband thinks it needs meat; everyone else thought it was perfect!

    • Mike
      Apr 2, 2019

      Very tasty. Used chicken stock, as I had no vegetable stock. I think next time I might add a little cumin, and also some garlic. I would definitely not cook the vegetables with the quinoa, as the peppers and celery turn too soft for my taste. Prefer to have more variety in textures. Definitely will make this again, but will make some tweaks to add additional flavor, and just a little more heat.

    • NoodleNel
      Apr 12, 2018

      My vegetarian daughter loved it and I enjoyed it as well. She wants me to put more chili powder in it next time which I will. I added steamed broccoli on top of the servings for vegetables.

    • Isabel
      Apr 5, 2018

      This was super easy to make and had a great taste.I used olive oil instead. I used green pepper instead of celery, and i added 3 small cloves of garlic. I also used chicken stock.

    • Rahnee
      Apr 5, 2018

      Delicious hot! And the cold leftovers were delicious as well.

    • MommaBear1
      Jan 9, 2018

      7 points per serving on Weight Watchers , very good and easy to make

    • engprof
      Apr 13, 2017

      This is good, but was strangely blah and unappealing to the eye, I think because the veggies kind of stewed as the quinoa cooked. I added some garlic salt and some cumin for more flavor, and some diced raw green pepper for color and crunch. I'll probably make this again, but I'll cook the veggies and the quinoa separately, and or reserve some of the veggies to add in raw. It needs texture, for sure.