Instant Pot Mexican Quinoa

4.61 from 61 votes
Time 30 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 374
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Do you have only 30 minutes to put dinner on the table? Then try this Instant Pot Mexican Quinoa!

One pot, vegan, gluten-free and it gets done in 30 minutes or less! Perfect for those busy nights!

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mexican quinoa in a round black bowl, garnished with diced avocados and a lime wedge

Last week I was in Salt Lake City to attend a blogging conference. I really enjoyed it! The thing is that blogging can get really lonely, the human interaction is minimal plus not many people understand the work that goes behind it.

So it was great to be among like minded people who get what you do and in general it was just nice to catch up with my virtual blogging friends.

I shared a lot from the conference on my Instagram stories, so if you want to keep up with what goes in my kitchen and life beyond blogging, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram.

The first thing I did after coming back was to go grocery shopping and then make this Mexican Quinoa. This is one of my favorite things to make in the Instant Pot!

mexican quinoa in a round black bowl, garnished with diced avocados and a lime wedge

This Instant Pot Mexican Quinoa

✓ is one pot meal

✓ gets done in 30 minutes or less!

✓ is vegan and gluten-free

✓ flavored with cumin, smoked paprika and chili powder

✓ leftovers makes great lunch and also perfect for lunch-box

I love easy meals and I am sure you love them too. You guys have been loving the Thai Peanut Noodles that I shared on the blog recently and so I thought of sharing more easy dinner recipes with you guys.

When it comes to easy dinner, I always go back to my trusted Instant Pot. It never disappoints me!

mexican quinoa served in a small blue plate with a fork on the side

How to Make Mexican Quinoa

To make this mexican quinoa is really easy. The prep work is minimal and the result is so good. I really love recipes which require less prep work, I am not a fan of chopping and peeling.

All you have to do is to saute the onion, garlic and jalapeno in little oil and then add the tomato, beans, corn and quinoa along with the spices to the pot.

Add water and let it cook on high pressure. Finish off with cilantro and lime juice! I also like to add some diced avocados before serving.

 

Helpful Tips

  1. I have used fire roasted crushed tomatoes here, you may use plain crushed tomatoes too.
  2. De-seed the jalapeño to make the dish less hot.
  3. Adjust spices levels to taste. Add more of the chili powder if you like it hot.
  4. I added 1.25 cups water to this recipe and it results in a softer quinoa (more like rice as you can see in pictures). If you want quinoa seeds to be more separated and be more like the way it looks in salads, use 1 cup water.
  5. Some of the newer Instant Pot models get the BURN message frequently. If you face similar problems with your IP, add the crushed tomatoes at the end (on top of everything) and DO NOT stir after adding the tomatoes. Close the pot and cook as usual.

Hope you guys like easy one pot Mexican Quinoa recipe. It’s healthy, flavorful and the best part is that it is so easy to put together!

Method

Press the saute button on the Instant Pot. Once it displays hot, add oil to it and then add the chopped onion, garlic and jalapeño. Saute for 2 minutes until onion is softened.

Add the black beans, fire-roasted crushed tomatoes and corn kernels. Mix well. I used frozen corn kernels and put them in warm water for 5 minutes before adding to the pot.

Please note if your IP has the problems of getting BURN message, do not add tomatoes at this point. Add everything else and add tomatoes at the very end. Do not stir after adding the tomatoes.

Add the spices – cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder. Also add the salt and black pepper and mix.

Add the quinoa and toss until well combined.

Add water or vegetable broth and mix.

Close the pot with its lid. Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 1 minute with the pressure valve in the sealing position.

Let the pressure release naturally.

Open the pot, fluff the quinoa with a fork. Add cilantro and lime juice.

Add in the diced avocados and serve Mexican Quinoa immediately. You may also top it with guacamole, salsa or some sour cream!

mexican quinoa in a round black bowl, garnished with diced avocados and a lime wedge

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Instant Pot Mexican Quinoa

mexican quinoa in a round black bowl, garnished with diced avocados and a lime wedge
Manali
Mexican Quinoa flavored with cumin, smoked paprika and chili powder. This easy one pot meal is made in the Instant Pot and is the perfect meal for those busy days. Vegan & gluten-free.
4.61 from 61 votes
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 5
Calories 374 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small red onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 jalapeno chopped, de-seed for less heat
  • 14.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup corn kernels I used frozen and added them to warm water for 5 minutes
  • 15 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder or to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup quinoa uncooked, 180 grams, rinsed well, I usually rinse quinoa for 1-2 minutes
  • 1-1.25 cups water or vegetable broth use 1 cup if you want quinoa grains more separated
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime juice of 1 lime
  • 1 avocado diced

Instructions
 

  • Press the saute button on the Instant Pot. Once it displays hot, add oil to it and then add the chopped onion, garlic and jalapeño. Saute for 2 minutes until the onion is softened.
  • Add the black beans, fire-roasted crushed tomatoes and corn kernels. Mix well. I used frozen corn kernels and put them in warm water for 5 minutes before adding to the pot. [Please note if your IP has the problems of getting BURN message, do not add tomatoes at this point. Add everything else and add tomatoes at the very end. Do not stir after adding the tomatoes].
  • Add the spices – cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder. Also add the salt and black pepper and mix.
  • Add the quinoa and toss until well combined. Then add the water or vegetable broth and mix.
  • Close the pot with its lid. Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 1 minute with the pressure valve in the sealing position. Let the pressure release naturally.
  • Open the pot, fluff the quinoa with a fork. Add cilantro and lime juice.
  • Add in the diced avocados and serve Mexican Quinoa immediately. You may also top it with guacamole, salsa or some sour cream!

Nutrition

Calories: 374kcalCarbohydrates: 56gProtein: 14gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 531mgPotassium: 743mgFiber: 14gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 570IUVitamin C: 13.7mgCalcium: 76mgIron: 4.4mg
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152 thoughts on “Instant Pot Mexican Quinoa

  1. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious! Even my meat loving hubby loved it. Gonna make a double batch next time and freeze . Thanx Lin

  2. 5 stars
    Manali this recipe is super delicious!! I’ve made it three times and sent it to four friends. One friend has made it and loves it too. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Hi, followed your instructions about the BURN message and we still got it. Any ideas, possibly more liquid than 1.25 cups?

    1. hmm no idea…that’s plenty of liquid to get to pressure..the newer IP models are having this problem is what I have heard..you shouldn’t have got the burn message after you followed the steps

    2. 5 stars
      I also got the burn message but no fear! I now make this and place into a pyrex dish on top of a trivet with a cup of water added to the pot. Stops the burn. Super tasty.

  4. Hi there, can I double this recipe with the same cook time etc? I have a large family, but I am not familiar with my Instant Pot yet.

    1. It doubled perfectly in the 6 qt Instant Pot.
      I cooked it way longer than the 1 minute under high pressure but I dont remember how long. Maybe 10 minutes then 4 more.

      1. that’s called the time it takes to release pressure. You pressure cook for only 1 minute but after that it takes around 15 minutes to release pressure. Quinoa can’t possibly cook in 1 minute. I have mentioned the cook time as 20 minutes which includes the time taken to release pressure.

    1. 5 stars
      Made this today and it turned out much better than I expected. Thank you for a tasty recipe. I followed the recipe almost entirely. I used 2 whole, diced Jalapeno’s, and used veggie broth. We topped with fresh chopped cabbage, cilantro, lime juice, shredded cheese, avocado, sour cream and a dash of kosher salt. I had 2 bowls it was so good!

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