Quinoa Taco Bowls

Overhead shot of quinoa taco bowls with quacamole.

Quinoa Taco Bowls with quick-guacamole make a quick & healthy vegetarian meal that’s ready in under 30 minutes. Perfect for busy weeknights or meal prep!

These 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 dollop 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.

Nowadays, I find myself making my quinoa more and more often in the Instant Pot. It comes out perfectly fluffy every time, and there’s no babysitting it. However, you can also make it the standard way – on the stove top. Just boil it in salted water for 15-20 minutes while you prepare the rest of your ingredients.

Hand reaching for quinoa taco bowl.

To make these quinoa taco bowls extra simple (and quick) 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. It’s an easy way to add in a bunch of flavor with minimal effort and ingredients.

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 definitely wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to eat them two days in a row…

Close up overhead shot of quinoa taco bowl.

These quinoa taco bowls are also perfect for meal prep. I like to portion the beans and quinoa into food storage containers. Then, when I’m ready to eat, I just pop one into the microwave and pile on those toppings again.

What are good toppings for taco bowls?

  • Tomatoes
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream
  • Cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Radishes
  • Hot Sauce
  • Corn Chips
  • Pickled Jalapenos
  • Pickled Onions
  • Lettuce

And, of course, some delicious guacamole! I made a quick version that calls for only 4-ingredients and takes under 5 minutes to prepare.

How do you make quick guacamole?

  1. Scoop out the pulp of one avocado.
  2. Add the juice of half a lime.
  3. Sprinkle in some garlic salt and cumin.
  4. Mash with a fork.

That’s it!

This guacamole is dangerously quick. I find myself making it more often than I’d like to admit… It’s perfect for when you have an avocado that’s on the verge of being too ripe. I like to use it as a dip for veggies in place of blue cheese or ranch since it’s filled with healthy fats and vitamins.

How would you top your quinoa taco bowls? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Overhead shot of quinoa taco bowls with quacamole.

Quinoa Taco Bowls with Guacamole

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: quinoa bowl, taco bowl
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 455 kcal
Author: Erin

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 ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 ounce can pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning

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
  • Radishes sliced

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.  

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Wine Pairings for Quinoa Taco Bowls:

  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Taco Bowls with Guacamole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 455 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 752mg 31%
Potassium 1103mg 32%
Total Carbohydrates 66g 22%
Dietary Fiber 18g 72%
Sugars 1g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 2.7%
Vitamin C 13.8%
Calcium 11.6%
Iron 32.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Overhead shot of quinoa taco bowl next to bowl of guacamole and radishes.

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8 comments

  1. doniree

    This looks excellent! I’d love to include this in an upcoming link round-up for my newsletter subscribers! Also, I <3 the wine pairings 🙂

    Reply

  2. Marlynn | Urban Bliss Life

    Oh YUM! This is exactly the kind of meal I love to make for lunch while working from home. Love this quinoa taco bowl!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Marlynn! I love it too for a quick and easy lunch!

      Reply

  3. Jade Helm / Tasting Pour

    Great idea for a weeknight dinner. I personally think a huge dollop of guac is very healthy. 😉

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Right?! Healthy fats…

      Reply

  4. Renee @ The Good Hearted Woman

    In the summer, we are all about Bowls! This taco bowl looks great, too – I love the texture that quinoa brings to the table.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks so much Renee! I love making bowls so much – It’s so fun to customize them!

      Reply

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