Similar to a one-pot Mexican quinoa dish, here is a spicy quinoa meal prep with chorizo and jalapenos, which is a great way to throw in vegetables and spices in your pan.
Most of the meals I cook are one-pot type recipes and you often find my raving about them because they are straightforward and easy for my cooking days.
Quinoa is great as it contains good health benefits and this is a recipe to help give it some spicy flavour with the addition of chorizo and jalapenos.
The aroma of this dish made the kitchen smell so good!
How to make a one-pot spicy quinoa chorizo?
1) Main Ingredients
Quinoa: I usually order a tricolour blend which is a blend of white, black and red quinoa, however, you can use any type of quinoa for this recipe. Before cooking, ensure that is has been rinsed in water.
Chorizo: You purchase any decent chorizo that you see in the supermarket.
Chopped Tomatoes: You will need a tomato sauce and canned chopped tomatoes is what I usually use. However, feel free to use any variation.
Bell Peppers: I used two bell peppers for this recipe which were finely chopped and is an addition to the pleasant aroma in the kitchen.
Red Onion: Try to use a red onion for this recipe as it is much better for this type of dish.
Spices: This one-pot spicy quinoa dish has been seasoned with cumin and smoked paprika. I also add jalapeño slices from a jar. The chorizo is spicy enough anyway but with the addition of the other spices really gives this quinoa a kick!
Sweet Corn: One small can will be enough for this dish.
Black Beans: I forgot to add black beans but I would include them in this recipe.
Lime Juice: Finish it off by squeezing a lime. With all the spices included, lime juice is a refreshing addition.
Guacamole (served fresh): You add fresh guacamole on the day of eating the spicy quinoa and it really does add the finishing touch. I personally would not bother preparing the guacamole in advance for this recipe.
This is a one-pot dish which really requires a simple step by step process.
Step 1: Add olive oil, red onions and garlic cloves. Cook for 3-5 minutes, and add the bell peppers and cook for a further 3-5 minutes.
Step 2: Add the quinoa, chopped tomatoes, sweet corn, chorizo, jalapeños, cumin, smoked paprika, salt and black pepper. Stir to combine, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes until the quinoa is fully cooked through.
Step 3: Remove cover, add the lime juice and give it a final stir.
Add guacamole: On the day of eating, fresh guacamole seriously complements the spicy quinoa.
Reheating: This spicy quinoa with chorizo is fine to meal prep and refrigerate up to four days.
Spicy Quinoa with Chorizo and Jalapeno
- 200 g Quinoa rinsed
- 150 g Chorizo diced
- 1 Red Bell Pepper diced
- 1 Yellow Bell Pepper diced
- 1 Red Onion finely chopped
- 2 Garlic Cloves finely chopped
- Jalapeno Slices from jar
- 1 Cannned Chopped Tomatoes
- 1 Can Sweet Corn
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tsp Ground Cumin
- 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
- Salt and Black Pepper To Taste
- 1 Lime juiced
- Add olive oil to your large pan, on medium heat, and add the red onions and garlic cloves. Cook for 3-5 minutes, and add the red and yellow bell peppers and cook for a further 3-5 minutes.
- Add the quinoa, chopped tomatoes, sweet corn, chorizo, jalapenos, cumin, smoked paprika, salt and black pepper. Stir to combine, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes until the quinoa is fully cooked through.
- Remove cover, add the lime juice and give it a final stir.
- For meal prep purposes, refrigerate up to four days.
- Ensure you rinse the quinoa before cooking.
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