Mexican Quinoa Bowls

Confession time…  Several months ago I posted on Facebook about foods I just don’t like.  and quinoa was one of them.

I really just didn’t care for the taste.  Since then, I did a cleanse with my hubby and we actually learned to like quinoa.  Maybe because we felt like it was one of the few replacements for grains and carbs that we had.  At any rate, because of that cleanse, I came up with a few ways that I enjoy quinoa.  This is one of them.

Mexican Quinoa Bowls from Eat It & Say Yum

These bowls are similar to a typical rice bowl, but I start with a bed of cooked quinoa.  On top of that I add a healthy portion of chicken.  Because this is a ‘Mexican’ bowl, I add my favorite Mexican food toppings.  Your options are limitless, but here are some of my favorite:

Avocado and Tomatillo Green Salsa– I HAVE to have this one.

Pico de Gallo– another must in my book


Sour Cream


Sauteed Peppers and Onions- gives the dish a nice fajita taste

Sliced olives

Sliced green onions

Refried Beans

Or any other topping you choose.

Mexican Quinoa Bowls from Eat It and Say YumOne thing I love about this dish is that it is easy.  When I make quinoa I always cook extra to have as left overs, and I do the same with the chicken.  So I can easily reheat the quinoa and chicken, and throw whatever else I want on top.  Great for lunches!

Mexican Quinoa Bowls

Mexican Quinoa Bowls


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa- cook with water according to package directions
  • 2-3 cups of shredded or diced chicken
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • Toppings of your choice, I recommend: pico de gallo
  • avocado and tomatillo green salsa
  • guacamole
  • cheese
  • sour cream
  • sliced green onions
  • etc.


  1. Cook the quinoa according the package directions. Chop and saute your chicken over medium-high heat, adding the seasonings as you cook the chicken. Or use leftover shredded chicken, saute in a pan with the seasonings.
  2. Prep your toppings while the quinoa and chicken are cooking. (Some may take advance prep- depending on what toppings you choose.)
  3. Once everything is ready, divide the quinoa into four bowls. Top that with the chicken, and any other toppings you choose.
  4. Serve immediately and enjoy a healthy meal.

And like I mentioned before this meal was something that I ate while doing a cleanse, so that right there should tell you that is healthy.  Just don’t go crazy with all the toppings if you want to see more health benefits from eating this type of food.  (Read cut out the cheese and sour cream.)

Anyway, do you like quinoa?  I’d love to hear what your favorite way to eat it is.

You might also like:

Homemade Guacamole

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Avocado and Tomatillo Green Salsa

Avocado and Tomatillo Green Salsa from Eat It & Say Yum

Pico de Gallo

Fresh Pico De Gallo from Eat It & Say Yum 791

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