Friday, April 1, 2016

Mexican Quinoa Skillet Dinner

This Mexican Quinoa Dinner recipe is full of fresh, flavorful ingredients. A one skillet meal, ready to eat in about 35 minutes!
This Mexican Quinoa Skillet Dinner recipe is full of fresh, flavorful ingredients. A one pan meal in about 35 minutes!
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Apparently it is Mexican week on the blog!  Today's Mexican Quinoa Skillet Dinner was inspired by the leftovers I had from Tuesday's Mexican Quinoa Salad.  I enjoy meals like this, where I can buy some ingredients and then reuse them in the week for another meal. Less waste, and I guess a bit less creativity on my end - but hey, it works for me and I ended up with two fantastic dishes!

Fresh and flavorful is the name of the game with these veggies and healthy ingredients.  And you know what else is great?  Inviting a good friend to come over for lunch and not having them mind that we must first do a photo shoot!  Now that is friend indeed!

When my friend Steph called and asked if I wanted to do lunch, I knew I wanted to get together, but I also knew I needed to make this Mexican quinoa dish before some of my ingredients went south.  So when I asked if she wanted to come over here, she happily agreed.

When she first arrived, I had just started the prep work so she pitched right in so we could get this going (Oh and I also had promised The DIY Guy this for lunch as well).  From start to finish, it took about 35 minutes and I was able to remove about a bowl's worth for John before we started the shoot.

My "studio" is in my daughter's old bedroom that is on the second floor.  So we trooped upstairs and I did a set-up that I thought would work and got started on some pictures.  I shoot tethered, so we were able to see right away if the pictures looked good.  It was really great having a second set of eyes to see if things worked or need to be tweaked.
We ended up taking pictures for about 30 minutes (which is short for me since I typically spend 45-60 minutes).  We both were pretty satisfied and headed back to the kitchen to eat.  We were both starved and had second helpings - so I'm thinking I don't need to make dinner today!  Now I'm wondering if I should start inviting other friends over on Fridays and turn it into a series...  Any local takers out there???  Will you work for food???  Thanks Steph for being my sous chef and lunch date!

Oh and did I mention this Mexican quinoa skillet is all made (and served) from ONE pan?

Mexican Quinoa Skillet

by Cooking on the Front Burner
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Yield 4-6 servings
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper diced (or half orange pepper)
  • 1/4 cup diced sweet onion
  • 1 pound diced chicken
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 11 oz can corn, drained
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 4 oz diced green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup quinoa (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup Queso Cheese crumbled
  • S & P to taste
  • Cilantro
  • Green Onions
  • Avocado
  1. In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat then add the peppers and onions; saute for 5 minutes then push to one side of skillet
  2. Add the diced chicken and cook/stir until just browned
  3. Add in the salsa, black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, chilies, quinoa, taco seasoning and chili powder. Mix and then add the broth and bring to a boil
  4. Cover the skillet and cook about 20 minutes until quinoa is done.
  5. Serve in bowls and top with queso, diced avocado, sliced green onions and cilantro
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This Mexican Quinoa Skillet Dinner recipe is full of fresh, flavorful ingredients. A one pan meal in about 35 minutes! | Cooking on the Front Burner

Mexican Quinoa Skillet Dinner

Mexican Quinoa Skillet | Cooking on the Front Burner


  1. Deb, it was so fun to see you in action! Lunch was delicious...loved this dish! And the pictures turned out very well. I volunteer to come any Friday when I'm not working! Thanks for the fun afternoon...

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself - fun afternoon!

  2. Hi Deb, this dish would be great for a quick weeknight dinner. Pinned! Oh, and awesome photography. Joan-My Cookie Clinic

  3. I adore how customizable quinoa is! Plus I'm all about the one pot meals :)

  4. This looks like the perfect easy lunch...

  5. I love quinoa! I've never had it in a Mexican dish before, I have to try this!

  6. Seriously, this looks AH-MAZING! What a gorgeous dish!

  7. I am a huge lover of Mexican dinner! This looks amazingly delicious! Can't wait to try.

  8. This looks delicious, I love skillet dinners like this!

  9. This is my family's FAVORITE way to eat taco form! Yum!

  10. Yum! I think everyone in my family would adore this!

  11. I love the ingredients and have ingredients on hand, they are all favorites and your recipe looks delicious. I have printed to try and Pinned to share!!

    I also followed you on FB, Instagram, Pinterest and BL.
    I came by your recipe on TOtally TErrific Tuesday!!

    Would love to have you stop by and share on my #OMHGWW

    I hope you have a beautiful day!

  12. Looks healthy and delicious! What a great dish for a lunch date :) You should come share this at Welcome Home Wednesdays! Party opens 7a CST Wed.

  13. Oh yummy! We love Mexican and who doesn't love a one skillet dinner!? Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight party Pinned & shared.

  14. This looks so good, I've pinned it twice - on my Weeknight Suppers board, and my Skillet Recipes board. Can't wait to try it!

  15. This is my kind of meal! I love one-pot-wonders! Thanks for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party! Hope you'll share even more awesome recipes this week!

  16. one pan, simple ingredients that can be adjusted for food allergies, PRICELESS

  17. Lovely! I’d eat that in a heartbeat and have seconds, too!

  18. This looks so delicious! We're always looking for new ways to use quinoa because it's a favorite.

  19. Looks yum so I saved it to try - meat free.


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