Spicy Quinoa “Taco Meat”

The ever-versatile quinoa gets another twist as a ground beef substitute. Take this protein-packed, low-glycemic food and turn it into a healthy meat for tacos or anywhere else you need ground beef.


Yields6 ServingsPrep Time5 minsCook Time30 minsDifficultyBeginner

Ingredients

 1 cup uncooked quinoa
 2 cups water or broth
 ¾ tsp salt
 1 tsp granulated onion
 1 tsp granulated garlic
 1 tsp chili powder
 ½ tsp cumin
 ½ tsp black pepper
 ¼ cup tomato sauce

Instructions

1

Rinse quinoa thoroughly in a mesh strainer for 2 minutes. This step is important for getting rid of the bitter flavor of quinoa.

2

Add to pot with 2 cups water or broth and bring to a boil.

3

Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes or until liquid has been absorbed and quinoa is tender.

4

Transfer quinoa into a saucepan and stir in seasonings.

5

Add tomato sauce and let quinoa cook for 5 minutes or until quinoa crisps up to resemble taco meat.

6

Freeze taco meat in a ziplock bag and have it on hand for future meals.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size ⅓ cup

Servings 6


Amount Per Serving
Calories 120
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1.3g2%
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 363mg16%
Total Carbohydrate 22g8%
Dietary Fiber 2.7g11%
Sugars 1.3g
Protein 3.3g7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Ingredients

 1 cup uncooked quinoa
 2 cups water or broth
 ¾ tsp salt
 1 tsp granulated onion
 1 tsp granulated garlic
 1 tsp chili powder
 ½ tsp cumin
 ½ tsp black pepper
 ¼ cup tomato sauce

Directions

1

Rinse quinoa thoroughly in a mesh strainer for 2 minutes. This step is important for getting rid of the bitter flavor of quinoa.

2

Add to pot with 2 cups water or broth and bring to a boil.

3

Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes or until liquid has been absorbed and quinoa is tender.

4

Transfer quinoa into a saucepan and stir in seasonings.

5

Add tomato sauce and let quinoa cook for 5 minutes or until quinoa crisps up to resemble taco meat.

6

Freeze taco meat in a ziplock bag and have it on hand for future meals.

Spicy Quinoa “Taco Meat”
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