Spicy Cumin Quinoa

Ever since I discovered that I loved cumin with quinoa, I had been wanting to try a new recipe. I came across an Ingrid Hoffman recipe on Food Network, and modified it.

Spicy Cumin Quinoa
Makes 6-8 servings.
  • 1 3/4 C Quinoa
  • 2 1/2 C Water
  • 1 TBSP. olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. Mrs Dash Chipotle seasoning
  • 1 tsp. chipotle pepper spice
  • 1-2 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. canned chopped green chiles
  • 1/2 C fresh parsley, chopped


  • Rinse quinoa in a mesh colander with very fine holes to get off the bitter saponin coating. 
  • Place quinoa and water in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil. Simmer, with lid on for about 15 minutes.
  • While quinoa is hot, stir in spices and seasonings.
  • While quinoa is cooking, saute the onion and green pepper in a large saute pan. Add salt and pepper. When almost finished cooking, add green chile peppers and garlic.
  • Stir in the cooked quinoa into the onion and pepper mixture.
  • Top with chopped parsley.

I ate mine with a drizzle of this Lizano sauce from Costa Rica. We brought the sauce back from our vacation because we loved it so much. It has a hearty cumin flavor that goes with everything. It’s like ketchup for Costa Rica!

And then I added a dallop of light sour cream because I found the dish pretty spicy.


  1. kelli says

    Awwww my, I don’t know most of the ingredients so I wouldn’t know how it tastes. That’s my problem with recipes, I don’t know where to look for the main ingredients.

    • says

      My suggestion, if you are unfamiliar with your grocery store, would be to ask the employees at the store where to find the ingredients. Or, better yet, have a dietitian help you find healthy ingredients!

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