Tex Mex Black Bean and Quinoa Bowls

Tex Mex Black Bean And Quinoa Bowls Recipe

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My husband purchased a smoker not too long ago and I have been having loads of fun testing smoked cheese, bacon, etc. in recipes! From Eating Well and with several alterations.


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20 Min
1 Hr
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  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 c
    quinoa, rinsed and drained (i used tri-colored quinoa for color)
  • 1 tsp
    cumin seeds, slightly crushed or cumin powder
  • 1
    bay leaf (fresh if possible)
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 1 c
    sliced cabbage (i used a combination of red and green cabbage)
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh cilantro, minced
  • 2 Tbsp
    rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 c
    cooked black beans, rinsed and drained (i cooked black beans in a crock pot instead of using canned)
  • 1-2 tsp
    chili powder (i tested with guajillo chili powder)
  • 1 tsp
    dried oregano
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste
  • ·
    mixed greens, kale, spinach leaves, etc.
  • ·
    *smoked* sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
  • ·
    avocado slices or avocado cream (see below)
  • ·
    lime wedges

How to Make Tex Mex Black Bean and Quinoa Bowls


  1. QUINOA: Heat up 1 tablespoon olive oil on medium hehat l and lightly sautè the quinoa with the cumin powder and bay leaf for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce the temperature if necessary to avoid burning. Pour in the water and bring to the boil. Cover and cook 15 minutes.
  2. Combine the cabbage with the cilantro, rice vinegar and olive oil.
  3. Stir together the beans, chili powder and oregano. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. TO SERVE: Arrange mixed greens/lettuce in a bowl. Top with a serving of beans then the quinoa.
  5. Add some of the marinated cabbage mixture, shredded cheese and the avocado cream. Garnish with lime wedges.

    Quick avocado cream: Mash together one peeled avocado, some lime juice (about 1 T.), little bit of sour cream/mayonnaise/cream cheese/plain yogurt. Add pinch of salt. Mash until very creamy.

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About Tex Mex Black Bean and Quinoa Bowls

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: Southwestern
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian

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