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One Skillet Vegetarian Quinoa Fajitas

Hi there friendly friend! Today I’m bringing you a healthy dinner recipe for Vegetarian Quinoa Fajitas. This recipe is super easy to make yet delicious and healthy. It’s perfect for Meatless Mondays or any day of the week.

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Back to school is a bit like New Years for me. It’s a time for renewal, for thinking about how I want my life, and my family’s life, to be for the next year. The resolutions I make are a bit different though. Mostly I’m thinking about being more organized and finding ways to make our mornings run more smoothly.

But one Back to School resolution is quite similar to the New Year’s resolutions I usually make: For us all to eat healthier.

Towards that goal, I am planning to put more focus on vegetables and alternate protein sources. Having a vegetarian dinner at least once a week (a meatless Monday kind of routine) is one way that I can do that.

This vegetarian dinner is one of my favorites and I plan to add it to our meal rotation more often. That won’t be a hard thing to do since it’s a delicious meal that my whole family enjoys:

Vegetarian Quinoa Fajitas

Vegetarian Quinoa Fajitas is a healthy meal, and, as I said, my whole family loves it. Even better, it’s quick to make and uses only one skillet. That means dinner prep is fast and dinner clean-up is even faster.

The best thing is if we have leftovers in the skillet. Then I just put the lid back on and pop it into the fridge. Dishes done.

Wait, no. That’s not the best thing. There’s something better. The leftover skillet full of hearty healthy cheesy quinoa is an easy side dish the next day. Or it turns into a fantastic soup for lunches. I add broth until it’s a thickness that I like, heat and package into thermoses.

I may not succeed in getting everyone ready on time in the mornings, but with dinners like this up my sleeve I might manage to keep one of my Back to School resolutions.

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Now, here is my recipe for Vegetarian Quinoa Fajitas:

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One Skillet Vegetarian Quinoa Fajitas
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This quick and easy dinner is all cooked in one skillet, meaning that it's a breeze to make and to clean up afterwards. This is a meatless dinner and yet it is very satisfying due to the protein in both the beans and the quinoa. The leftovers from the skillet make a wonderful side dish on their own and an even more delicious soup, just add broth! Note: This dish can be made ahead. Make the quinoa and bean filling ahead and then cover and refrigerate. Warm it up and add the cheese.
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 6
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil
  • ½ of a medium onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can low-sodium black beans, drained
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 and ½ cups water or low-sodium broth
  • ½ cup shredded finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 12 (6 inch) flour tortillas
  • 1 cup salsa or pico de gallo
  • ½ cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  1. Warm the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and the bell pepper. Cook stirring occasionally until softened, 3-5 minutes. Add the chili powder, salt and smoked paprika. Stir. Add the quinoa, beans, tomatoes and water or broth. Stir. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and allow to simmer until all liquid is absorbed and hte quinoa is soft, about 13-16 minutes.
  2. Remove the skillet from the heat and uncover. Fluff the quinoa with a fork. Sprinkle with the cheddar cheese. Return cover and allow the heat from the quinoa to melt the cheese.
  3. Serve the quinoa mixture in flour tortillas with the salsa and sour cream.


20 Responses to “One Skillet Vegetarian Quinoa Fajitas”
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  2. Ellie says:

    I love this recipe!! So versatile and incredibly easy to make. It makes enough to last me an entire week and then some. I passed it along to my brother(a picky eater and beginner cook) and he has given it rave reviews despite the fact that he is a meat lover and frequently complains when a dish is lacking meat. I add extra chili powder and green chiles for a little more flavor and spice but overall this is one of my proudest discoveries thank you for sharing!

  3. Mary Brown says:

    WOW…there is only one word for this…FABULOUS!!!! Just made this for dinner and my husband and I just LOVED it! This is a definite keeper and we will be eating this on a regular basis! THANK YOU for sharing!
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    • Christine Pittman says:

      Mary, Thank you so much. I am beyond delighted that you made my recipe and that you guys like it. Thanks for telling me. You’ve made my day!

  4. Always love another way to use quinoa! Yum!
    Amy | Amy’s Cooking Adventures recently posted: Italian Bean, Potato, and Kale Soup #BacktoSchoolWeek 30 Minute Meals

  5. I love the idea of using quinoa instead of rice with Mexican meals! I’ll need to try this!!
    Meghan @ The Tasty Fork recently posted: Corn and Crab Quesadillas #BackToSchoolWeek

  6. tanya says:

    I have only recently begun serving my family quinoa. I think this would make them very happy, it looks and sounds so good!
    tanya recently posted: Chicken With Buffalo Fettucine Alfredo #backtoschoolweek

  7. I never would have thought of using quinoa in a taco! I usually use it as a side. Can’t wait to try this. Thanks!
    kelley @ Miss Information recently posted: #backtoschoolweek 30 Minute Meals: Pesto Chicken Pasta

  8. What a wonderful weeknight meal, especially for a Meatless Monday! I love all of the flavors going on – and so colorful!!
    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes recently posted: Queso-ized Breakfast Burritos

  9. Camille says:

    I definitely need to try quinoa soon! These look delicious!
    Camille recently posted: Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

  10. Katie says:

    Yum! I love the idea of quinoa fajitas… what a brilliant idea and perfect meatless monday dish!
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  11. these look delicious. we enjoy quinoa, but I had never thought to use it in fajitas. gorgeous meal
    Heather @ French Press recently posted: Pork Tenderloin Salad for #Backtoschoolweek

  12. I’ve just been recently introduced to quinoa, and this looks like an easy recipe to use it in, thanks!
    Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life recently posted: #BacktoSchoolWeek: Spicy Peach Pork

    • Christine Pittman says:

      It is easy andmy kids like it a lot (probably because of the cheese). Let me say this though, even if your box of quinoa says that you don’t have to rinse it before cookingit, still rinse it. There is sometimes a bitter-ish taste that seems to come from a powder on the outside of the grains. I’ve had bad-tasting quinoa from not rinsing a couple of times now and have decided that it’s just not worth skipping that step. Can’t wait to go check out eveyrone else’s #BackToSchoolWeek posts. Yum!

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