Vegan One-Pot Mexican Quinoa

Hi friends!

A few weeks ago I posted this meal idea on my Instagram and you all begged me to post it on the blog so here it is! Ask and you shall receive. Vegan one-pot Mexican pasta is going to be your new favorite 15-minute dinner that yields a whole heck of a lot of leftovers (uhh yes please!). This quinoa recipe is 100% plant-based, oil-free, gluten-free and absolutely delicious.

What does one-pot mean?

You basically throw all of your ingredients into one pot, cook it for 15 minutes then it’s done! How easy is that? One pot recipes are great because it minimizes clean up, it makes a large amount of food for great leftovers or to feed a lot of people. Try meal prepping a batch of this early in the week to eat for lunches or dinners!

Why is it important to use organic produce?

I used the fresh organic cilantro for my vegan one-pot Mexican quinoa from Josie’s Organicsan amazing all organic company that grows their produce in the fertile California Valley. I love their inspiring story and love supporting them by buying their produce

If I see Josie’s Organics in the grocery store, I snatch it up real quick because it’s truly such fresh produce. You can find their produce at stores like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Sprouts and many more. Josie’s Organics doesn’t use any synthetic fertilizers or pesticides on their farms. This is so important! Be sure to look out for Josie’s Organics in your local store! Use their store locator here!

vegan one-pot mexican quinoa

How long does this take to cook?

After 15 minutes of the vegan one-pot Mexican quinoa cooking, it’s ready to eat! The best part is mixing in the fresh, fragrant cilantro for a much needed freshness. Yum! I add about 1 cup of cilantro to the pot and WOW sooo good!

When it’s done it’s going to look just like this. This recipe yields about 8 servings so if you need to make a large family dinner, feed a lot of mouths or simply want to meal prep a great dish, this is for you!

If you don’t want a huge amount then cut this recipe in half and your problem is solved. Reheat the leftovers for up to 4 days after you make it. You can freeze this too!

Vegan One-Pot Mexican Quinoa

This vegan one-pot Mexican quinoa is: 






Filled with veggies


A lil spicy

Vegan One-Pot Mexican Quinoa

What can I garnish it with?

  • Avocado
  • Cashew sour cream
  • Crushed up tortilla chips
  • Freshly diced tomatoes
  • Guac
  • More salsa

….or even add this into taco shells with avocado and cashew sour cream for quinoa tacos! Yes please!

Vegan One-Pot Mexican Quinoa

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Vegan One-Pot Mexican Quinoa

Vegan One-Pot Mexican Quinoa (gluten-free, oil-free)

Savory, flavorful, 15-minute dinner that's delicious and healthy. 100% plant-based, oil-free, gluten-free and makes a lot of servings.
serving 8 servings
prep time 5 minutes
cook time 15 minutes
total time 20 minutes

the ingredients

  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro I use Josie's Organics
  • 3 cups bell pepper diced
  • 1 15 oz can of black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup corn cut off the cob
  • 1 cup salsa of choice
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1 cup red onion diced
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • jalepenos optional for more spice


  • Add all ingredients (except cilantro) into a large pot with a lid. Stir, cover and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling turn down to medium/low heat and cook covered for 15 minutes or until liquid is completely absorbed.
  • When done, stir in fresh cilantro!
  • Serve and enjoy!

This post was made in partnership with Josie’s Organics

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In good health,


Danielle Brown

Hi! I’m Danielle Brown, the face behind HealthyGirl Kitchen! I share easy, approachable plant-based recipes that are not only healthy but taste amazing. Follow me on Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook for free vegan meal ideas, recipes and healthygirl tips.

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  1. Kate says:

    Do I dare say one could add some green chiles, chipotle chili pepper, ground (cayenne) red pepper, salsa verde, and/or cumin for more flavor? If you like it spicy that is! Also what about some butternut squash or sweet potato? I used those once making a chili and it was so good! Thank you for this recipe! I can’t wait to try it out! I’m sure it’s super flavorful!


  2. Mariana Sousa says:

    Beautiful tasty and super easy!!!!5 stars

  3. Lea says:

    Looks so flavorful! Easy clean-up from one-pot meals is always an added bonus!