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Quinoa Tacos

on November 5, 2013

My kids enjoy tacos, but I was never really wild about them until I played around with this recipe, which is a winner in our house!  I like to eat my taco meat in a romaine lettuce leaf “shell”.  I buy organic corn taco shells for the kids and my husband.  The great thing about this recipe is that it really bulks up your meat filling, so it goes a long way and we always end up with a good amount of leftover filling.

I started cooking with quinoa last summer.  At first, I was just using it to make sides, but it’s actually quite versatile! Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a grain-like seed with good nutrient content.  Quinoa seeds contain essential amino acids like lysine and good quantities of calcium, phosphorus, and iron.  You can read more about the benefits of quinoa here.

I hope you give this recipe a try and it becomes a regular meal in your house as it is in ours.


Quinoa Tacos

1 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil

1 small onion (or 1/2 large onion), diced

1 lb organic grassfed ground beef

2 tbsp taco seasoning (recipe below)

1 cup uncooked quinoa

2 cups chicken or vegetable broth (preferably home-made)

About 1.5 cups organic corn kernels (Cut fresh off the cobb is best, but frozen organic will do.)


Taco Seasoning:
2 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp paprika
1 Tbsp cumin
2 1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp pepper

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Topping Suggestions:
Sauteed peppers
Sauteed mushrooms
Sauteed onions
Cheese (shred your own)
Sour Cream (always choose full fat without unnecessary added ingredients!)
Shredded romaine lettuce or whole leaves to use as shells



Saute’ onion in the oil with a little sea salt & pepper.  Add the ground beef (season with a little more s&p) and cook until browned.  Add the taco seasoning, cook for an additional minute.  Add the quinoa and broth.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for approximately 15-20 minutes until the broth has been absorbed and the quinoa is cooked through, stirring occasionally.   Add corn and heat through.  You will know when the quinoa is done because it will look like it has popped open, revealing the spiral germ of the seed.

Serve with warmed taco shells and/or romaine lettuce “shells”.   Put out a variety of toppings for everyone to make their own taco creation!

*Always use organic ingredients whenever possible.

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One response to “Quinoa Tacos

  1. Yum! I’ve been looking for different ways to eat quinoa since it is such a super food!!

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