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.


  • 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


  • Rinse quinoa thoroughly in a mesh strainer for 2 minutes. This step is important for getting rid of the bitter flavor of quinoa.
  • Add to pot with 2 cups water or broth and bring to a boil.
  • Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes or until liquid has been absorbed and quinoa is tender.
  • Transfer quinoa into a saucepan and stir in seasonings.
  • Add tomato sauce and let quinoa cook for 5 minutes or until quinoa crisps up to resemble taco meat.
  • Freeze taco meat in a ziplock bag and have it on hand for future meals.

Ready in about 35 minutes
Makes 6 servings

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