Mexican Quinoa & Black Bean Bowls

I love Mexican food for so many reasons. One of which being how easy it is to prepare a healthy, balanced meal with loads of flavor.

The other night I was sorting through the kitchen trying to come up with a quick, healthy, meal on the cheap and this is what came to be…

Mexican Quinoa and black bean recipe



– 1 cup quinoa
– 1 lb ground turkey
– 1 can black beans, drained & rinsed (to reduce sodium)
– 1 bunch cilantro
– 2 Tbs. chili powder
– 1/4 tsp garlic powder
– cayenne pepper to taste
– 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
– 1/4 tsp dried oregano
– 1/2 tsp paprika
– 2 tsp cumin
– s & p to taste

– toppings of choice: lettuce, tomato, cheese, avocado, greek yogurt, etc.(use what you have on hand!)


– Cook quinoa according to package directions.

– Warm black beans in a sauce pan over medium heat.

– Cook ground turkey over medium-high heat until cooked through.

– Wash cilantro and finely chop.

– Add 1/4 cup water, spices, 1 handful of chopped cilantro and black beans to the turkey and stir well.

– Layer your bowl with 1/4 cup quinoa, 1/4 cup turkey/bean mixture, and toppings of choice

(Tip: use plain, nonfat greek yogurt as a healthy substitute for sour cream)

This recipe is simple, cheap and healthy. A total win in my book.

It’s packed with protein and the beans provide a healthy does of fiber and antioxidants. The healthy fat from the avocado provides anti-inflamatory properties which can help to reduce your risk of disease, regulate your blood sugar and leave your skin glowing.



PS – you may also enjoy how to make healthy tortilla chips & balsamic roasted veggie bowls.

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    Made this tonight – great recipe! Thank you.

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