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.


Quantity Unit Name Link Alternatives
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water or broth
¾ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon granulated onion
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup tomato sauce


  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.

Prep Time: 35 minutes
Serving Size: 6 servings
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