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Gluten Free Mexican Style Quinoa

I love Mexican food. However, corn and rice do not love me which are the two staples of this wonderful cuisine. Since we are also a gluten free home, I have had to get creative in the kitchen. Not a bad thing by any means, but as you may be experiencing as well, changing up the ingredients can be a bit intimidating and takes some trial and error. Also, keeping the flavors and texture similar can also be a challenge.

I used quinoa because it is a nutrition powerhouse and has a great texture when cooked correctly. Quinoa is:

  • A great source of manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, fiber, folate and zinc.
  • A complete source of protein.
  • Source of heart healthy monounsaturated fats (oleic acid and ALA).

Check out this video to learn how to make perfect quinoa.

For this recipe, I kept it simple (as I like to do) using 5 ingredients and spices. It is on the mild side as I do have kids and want them to eat it too. If you’d like to make it spicier, add 1/2 tsp cayenne powder.

gluten free mexican quinoa


Gluten Free Mexican Style Quinoa

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 15 oz can unsalted diced tomatoes
  • 1 can diced chile's
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 cup rough chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a medium sized pot, add your water. While bringing to a boil, rinse your quinoa to remove phytic acid.
  • Add quinoa to boiling water. Turn heat down to medium-low. Add in everything except the cilantro and EVOO. Reduce heat to low, cover and let cook for 20-25 minutes.
  • When all liquid has been absorbed, remove from heat. Fold in cilantro and EVOO. Salt and pepper to taste.



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