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One Pot Southwest Quinoa

So this past week I have been trying to purge myself of my smart phone addiction. This story doesn’t really have anything to do with today’s recipe, One Pot Southwest Quinoa but I am so excited about it I needed to talk about it. So prepare for a non recipe related side story. If you are here just for One Pot Southwest Quinoa please feel free to scroll down.

I was visiting my parents back in Minnesota a couple weeks back and we had a couple hours to spare one sunny afternoon so we took Archie to a big playground so that he could play. Archie is still only one and a half so it is basically slides, swinging, and digging in the sand, but as we were playing I could not help but obsess at this one mom. I don’t mean to call anyone out because we have all been guilty of it and she could have been in the middle of something really important but this mom was sitting on a bench so zoned into her iphone that she didn’t even hear her poor daughter beg for her mom to watch her go down the slide, this girl wasn’t even asking for the mom to get up off the bench she just wanted her mom to look up from her phone for 10 seconds and watch her go down the slide. I don’t know why this specific moment stuck in my brain but I wasn’t able to shake it.

A few days later I came across an article about smart phone usage in parents and how a staggering amount of children have had to ask their parents to put away their phones during dinner. Yikes! As I found myself thinking about these different scenarios I continued to find myself sitting on my iphone on Facebook for absolutely no reason whatsoever. Just mindlessly scrolling. Am I kidding myself?!?

So I went cold turkey, well mostly. This past weekend I put my phone in the charging area Friday night and left it there until Monday morning. Let me tell you it was absolutely amazingly refreshingly awesome (is that enough describing words). I have continued to stay off of it for the most part this week, this biggest reason I have gone on is to do blog stuff! Over this purging weekend, I responded to text messages and the occasional Snapchat but on my own time, I didn’t even check email it was wonderful. Going into this week I outright took Facebook and Netflix off of my phone, I can check Facebook on my laptop once a day if I feel so inclined. I kept Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat (so far), Instagram because I can’t post my lovely picture recipes from my laptop, Pinterest because that is a food bloggers bloodline, and Snapchat because believe it or not my parents have Snapchat, and my family has a group snap chat in which it is mostly me sending pictures on Archie (if my family didn’t live all over the country I would say Snapchat would probably be gone as well). And although I have kept these apps on my phone, I have not been checking them very often if at all during the day, letting myself catch up with any blog related things once Archie is in bed.

But with all that is said and done is I have found myself happier, with so much more time, and not kidding, a cleaner house. I am going to continue to limit my screen time, purge myself when necessary, and prove to my son that my iphone isn’t a part of me. So on top of making One Pot Southwest Quinoa, consider giving yourself some less screen time this week 😉

So lets get back to what you came for, this delicious, nutritious, and easy dinner, One Pot Southwest Quinoa. Full of vegetables and healthy grains, ready from start to finish in less then 40 minutes, and only one pot to wash, a guaranteed winner!

One Pot Southwest Quinoa

One Pot Southwest Quinoa

One Pot Southwest Quinoa


  • This dish isn’t super spicy but if you are sensitive to spice switch out the jalapeños for a green bell pepper
  • This dish can be made vegan by omitting the cheese and sour cream
  • If you are using a large skillet make sure you use one with high sides like this one I have (It is part of a set and love this whole set)

or just use a large pot

One Pot Southwest Quinoa on a red plate

One Pot Southwest Quinoa

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

a perfect meatless weeknight meal featuring quinoa, black beans, and lots of fresh vegetables


  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2-3 jalapeños, diced seeds removed
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 15oz can corn, drained
  • 1 15oz can black beans, drained
  • 1 15oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 TBSP ground cumin
  • 2 TBSP ground chili powder
  • 1 cup quinoa

garnishes for serving:

  • pepper jack or cheddar cheese
  • avocado
  • cilantro
  • sour cream/greek yogurt


  1. Heat olive oil in a high sided large skillet over medium heat (or large pot if you don't have a skillet with high sides). Add peppers, onions, and garlic. Cook over medium heat, 4-5 minutes until onions start to become translucent.
  2. Add corn, black beans, tomatoes, cumin, and chili powder to the pot, stir to combine.
  3. Add quinoa and 2 cups of water to the pot, stir to combine. Cover and let cook 15-18 minutes until quinoa is soft and fully cooked.
  4. Turn heat to warm, remove the lid and give the pot a stir. Let slowly simmer for 4-5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, add cheese if using. Serve immediately with preferred garnishes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 874mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 16gSugar: 11gProtein: 14g

Nutritional data is automated, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made. Nutrition does NOT include garnishes.

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Jess K

Tuesday 8th of January 2019

This dish is EXTREMELY spicy! I would suggest adding teaspoons of the spices instead of tablespoons! I didn’t even add in the jalapeños, and even used less Chili powder than the recipe stated, yet it was crazy how much spice was packed into this dish! I tried adding sugar, cheese, sour cream and half and half and nothing fixed the spice enough for me to enjoy the dish :( it has great flavour and great potential if there is less spice added!

Lauren Schmidt

Thursday 10th of January 2019

I am sorry that this didn't work out for you! I have made this dish many times as written and thought the flavor was right on but I thank you for your feedback and I will take it into consideration.


Friday 5th of May 2017

I've been looking for ways to use up a bunch of fresh salsa and it seems like your recipe could be tweaked to do that. Thanks! I try to be careful about missing out on life to due smartphone use, too. Once or twice my almost three year old has said "mama, put your phone away" and that never feels good! Always inspires me to try harder.

the Schmidty Wife

Friday 5th of May 2017

This recipe could definitely be tweaked to include salsa! I hope you enjoy it :) And I am glad I am not the only mama worried about my smart phone usage!

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