Mexican Quinoa Bowls

by Kelli H. on February 6, 2012

Do you ever have weekends that are totally jammed packed? I do…I feel like some weekends my list of things to do is a mile long, and I have no idea how I’ll get to everything. I really do wish weekends were three days. Last weekend I sold a wakesurf board on craigslist, bottled beer, made cookies (sharing on Friday!), went on a long wog with David and Ryder, did my taxes, cleaned the house, grocery shopped, worked on blog, made lunches & dinners, and went on another long wog with Ryder. Wow, that’s a lot to accomplish in two days! The best part was taking Ryder to Sonoma Regional Park. He really showed his true Labrador colors! He swam SO well! He jumped in the lake over and over retrieving a stick we found. It was SO cute! I wish I had my camera with me.

But onto the food. I mean, that’s what’s really important, right?
I tried showing the quinoa bowls before on this post. They didn’t really get the recognition they deserve. I think it had to do with the pictures being done on my phone, or possibly the disgusting lighting? For whatever reason, the Mexican quinoa bowls deserve another chance. They are one of my favorite lunches or dinners. So easy to make and so tasty! Plus, they are pretty healthy and vegetarian. 
You need some key ingredients, that consist of the colors of the Mexican flag.
You also need some salsa. This is the salsa I use because it’s the best. There, I said it. This Roasted Chipotle 365 salsa is the best JARRED salsa money can buy. I recommend using this one, but really, any will work!
Do you guys like Tapatio? Are you more of a Cholula person? Or Tabasco?
How do you pronounce Tapatio?
David and I say “TA-PATIO” It’s totally wrong, but that’s how we do it around these parts.
BTW, we’re totally into tapatio. Cholula is okay if there is nothing else, and tobasco?
NEVER!!
So the key step to these bowls are sauting up your veggies on HIGH heat.
Just let them go and get nice and charred. Very much like fajitas or “fa-jitas”.
It’s hard to tell in this photo, but see how the onions have some brown on them? 
That’s what you’re looking for!
I really hope you enjoy these bowls!
I do!
Mexican Quinoa Bowls
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 onion, sliced
1 small jalapeno or 1/2 large, cut in half, seeded, and sliced
1 teaspoon olive oil
salsa
jack cheese, shredded
cilantro, to garnish

1. Bring 2 cups of water to a bowl in a medium size pot. Stir in wash quinoa, bring to a bowl. Lower heat, and simmer for 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork.
2. In a cast iron skillet, or large saute pan, add olive oil, over high heat, add in peppers, onion, and jalapeno. Stir for about 10 minutes or until charred.
3. In a bowl, add as much salsa as you like, top with charred veggies, jack cheese, and cilantro. 

Enjoy!

Which do you prefer; Tapatio, Cholula, Tabasco, or another hot sauce?

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog February 6, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Delicious looking mexican quinoa! I will definitely give it a try some time. I love tabasco and siracha!! 🙂

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Made in Sonoma February 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I forgot about siracha! That’s some good stuff!

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David Wells February 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm

This is so good! I kinda wish we were having it again this week! 🙂 My favorite is Tapatio, of course! I use it in my eggs every morning… yum yum yummmmmmmmmm!

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Made in Sonoma February 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm

You’re in luck! We’re having it on Thursday! 🙂

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Baking Serendipity February 7, 2012 at 4:01 am

I love looking back on busy weekends like yours and feeling productive, but hate how quickly they fly by! This past weekend my husband and I painted our bathroom, upgraded the handles and hinges on the doors in our house, did the laundry, met with friends for happy hour and went to two super bowl parties. Ridiculously fast weekend! I’m ready for another…with more relaxation this time 🙂

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Made in Sonoma February 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm

home improvement projects always make me feel productive. Sounds like were VERY busy!

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Kathryn @ Flopoodle February 7, 2012 at 4:15 am

My bf is not a huge quinoa fan, but I think these might convert him 🙂 They look great!

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Made in Sonoma February 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm

If these don’t convert him, I don’t think anything will. 🙂

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Maren February 7, 2012 at 6:12 am

Your pictures this week are so beautiful and I love the quinoa bowl idea.

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Made in Sonoma February 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Thanks!

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wallopingteaspoon February 7, 2012 at 9:35 pm

We have at least 5 kinds of hot sauce in the house at all times, because my man eats everything SPICY. Local folks is our current fave – http://localfolksfoods.com/index.html and we always have Sriracha, too!

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Made in Sonoma February 7, 2012 at 9:44 pm

haha, I think it’s kind of standard to have multiple hot sauces in the house. My man LOVES spicy everything, too!

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lifeofdi.com February 19, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Love spicy foods! 🙂 YUM!

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