Quinoa Taco Bowls with Guacamole

These Quinoa Taco Bowls with Guacamole make a quick and healthy vegetarian meal that comes together in under 30 minutes. | platingsandpairings.com

These Quinoa Taco Bowls with Guacamole make a quick and healthy vegetarian meal that comes together in under 30 minutes.

These Quinoa Taco Bowls with Guacamole make a quick and healthy vegetarian meal that comes together in under 30 minutes. | platingsandpairings.com

These Quinoa Taco Bowls with Guacamole make a quick and healthy vegetarian meal that comes together in under 30 minutes. | platingsandpairings.comThese Quinoa Taco Bowls with Guacamole are on regular rotation at our house for Meatless Mondays. Not only are they easy to make in under 30 minutes, but they’re also packed with nutrients and totally customizable. Rick prefers his with lots of cheese, sour cream and tomato. I like my bowl with plenty of spicy salsa and a big scoopful of guacamole. No matter what you top your bowl with, you can feel good that the base is quinoa which is packed with protein, full of fiber and a good source of amino acids.

In my case – I totally justify the quinoa as balancing out the massive heap of guacamole that I pile on.

This quick-guacamole is totally simple to make. I don’t even really measure anything – I just taste a little bit, add some more seasonings, and adjust. 1 avocado, the juice of half a lime and a sprinkling of garlic powder and cumin, balanced out with some salt and pepper. You could use fresh garlic, but I find that for guacamole, the powdered kind works just as well and doesn’t leave you with as severe a case of dragon’s breath.

Also, I’ve recently discovered a couple new tools that make my guacamole making even easier -Casabella’s 4 ‘n 1 Avocado Tool – which makes it super easy to scoop and mash, and Casabella’s Guac-Lock which keeps your guacamole fresh and prevents browning – meaning that I can even make my guacamole up to a few days ahead of time.

These Quinoa Taco Bowls with Guacamole make a quick and healthy vegetarian meal that comes together in under 30 minutes. | platingsandpairings.com

To continue with this simple dinner, I’m using canned beans and seasoning them with just a bit of taco seasoning (the kind you find in the packet). This means that there’s no need to measure out ingredients and worry about buying a bunch of different spices.

And, that’s all there is to it! Just pile on your favorite toppings and enjoy these healthy Quinoa Taco Bowls. They’re perfect for Meatless Monday and Taco Tuesday – And I wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to eat them two days in a row…

These Quinoa Taco Bowls with Guacamole make a quick and healthy vegetarian meal that comes together in under 30 minutes. | platingsandpairings.com

These Quinoa Taco Bowls with Guacamole make a quick and healthy vegetarian meal that comes together in under 30 minutes. | platingsandpairings.com

Quinoa Taco Bowls with Guacamole

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Erin
These Quinoa Taco Bowls with Guacamole make a quick and healthy vegetarian meal that comes together in under 30 minutes.
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 15 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz can pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 Tbsp taco seasoning

Quick Guacamole

  • 1 avocado ripe
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • Garlic Salt to taste
  • Cumin to taste

Toppings

  • Roma tomato diced
  • Cilantro minced
  • Salsa
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream

Instructions

  1. Rinse quinoa well in fine mesh colander until water runs clear. Bring 2 cups of water to a rolling boil. Add quinoa and let simmer in salted water for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add beans and season with taco seasoning. Heat 5-10 minutes, until warmed through.
  3. Place quinoa in bowl and top with beans. Assemble bowls as you like with desired toppings.

Guacamole

  1. Mash avocado and lime juice with a fork. Season with a pinch of garlic salt and cumin. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.  

Wine Pairings for Quinoa Taco Bowls with Guacamole:

  • Look for lighter-bodied, fruit-focused reds like Beaujolais or Grenache.
  • Alternatively, a Malbec or Tempranillo will be a bit heavier, but compliment the smoky-spicy flavors in this dish.

Looking for more Taco Bowl recipes? Try these:

Casabella is giving one of my reader’s a chance to win their 4 ‘n 1 Avocado Tool, Guac-Lock, and Skillet Slingers. Be sure to enter below. The giveaway ends May 7, 2017. Update: A winner has been announced – Congratulations Tracie C!

These Quinoa Taco Bowls with Guacamole make a quick and healthy vegetarian meal that comes together in under 30 minutes. | platingsandpairings.comThese Quinoa Taco Bowls with Guacamole make a quick and healthy vegetarian meal that comes together in under 30 minutes. | platingsandpairings.com

37 comments

  1. Jenniferanne

    This would be really great when I take guacamole to a party or other gathering

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    1. Erin

      The Guac Lock is perfect for parties Jennifer – Good luck!

      Reply

  2. Catherine @ Ten Thousand Hour Mama

    Yum, these look delicious! I could eat a combo of beans/grains/veggie/guac every day and never get tired of it. 🙂

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Catherine!

      Reply

  3. grace

    guacamole makes everything better, though this didn’t need help!

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    1. Erin

      I agree – I can honestly eat bowls of guacamole in one sitting!

      Reply

  4. Janet L

    Perfect timing for Cinco de Mayo! Plus I love any dish that doesn’t require the oven in this heat!

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    1. Erin

      I *wish* we had “heat” here in Oregon – But I know it must be coming soon! (fingers crossed)

      Reply

  5. stacey

    This post is making my stomach growl! Yum!

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  6. Natalie R

    These look so good!! I’m glad the dinner “bowl” phase is sticking around because I swear it makes you feel fuller (longer) and tastes better. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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    1. Erin

      I agree Natalie – I love having bowls for dinner – They’re less messy and definitely more filing!

      Reply

  7. Stephanie Phelps

    This recipe looks os good and with eating healthier this year and loving guacamole this would be amazing to have!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Good luck to you Stephanie!

      Reply

  8. Amy C.

    We eat a lot of avocados in out house. These would be great to win!

    Reply

  9. Karen D

    Guacamole is one of my favorite foods

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    1. Erin

      Me too Karen! I can eat an entire bowl – With or without chips 😉

      Reply

  10. Melissa Chee

    This meal looks absolutely delicious!!! YUM. 🙂

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  11. Pech

    I’m a big fan of taco bowls as you cut out the tortilla calories and you did one better here by using Quinoa!

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    1. Erin

      I much prefer “bowls” to wraps… Is it just me?

      Reply

  12. Create/Enjoy

    SO vibrant and colorful! This gets me excited for outdoor, summery meals!

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    1. Erin

      Yes! Bring on the summer!

      Reply

  13. Kelly Nicholson

    i ‘m hungry ,and its all your fault!

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  14. Andrea @ Cooking with a Wallflower

    This quinoa taco bowl looks soo good and I love that it takes less than 30 minutes to make, perfect for a weeknight dinner.

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    1. Erin

      I agree Andrea – I’m all about quick cooking on weeknights!

      Reply

  15. karen r

    Gorgeous bowls – so healthy and fun!

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    1. Erin

      Thank you Karen!

      Reply

  16. Stacey Roberson

    I love guacamole! The 4 ‘n 1 Avocado Tool would be useful – I cut up avocados at least once a week.

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  17. Alexandra

    Looks so delicious! I love quick meals but can never seem to find enough that I can add guacamole to. Our family would eat avocados every evening if given the opportunity.

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    1. Erin

      I know, right? Why are avocados just so darn yummy! I wish I lived in a location in the US where I could have an actual avocado tree!

      Reply

  18. Carolsue

    I love all these prizes, but the skillet slingers are something I’ve never seen and could really use!

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  19. Tracie Cooper

    I would love to try and make these for Sunday Brunch!

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  20. Melissa Storms

    The Guac Lock looks like a great kitchen tool for guac lovers.

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    1. Erin

      I agree Melissa – It’s such a cool concept and no one likes brown guacamole!

      Reply

  21. Kelly M.

    Yum! This looks amazing!

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  22. manda

    Love quinoa

    Reply

  23. Jenny Ham

    Looks good I will take some right now…

    Reply

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