Vegan Black Bean “Fried” Quinoa

This black bean fried quinoa stir-fry is a quick and easy vegan meal. Use up leftover quinoa and black beans for an easy meal prep recipe! 

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Black Bean "Fried" QUinoa in a Skillet

This month’s recipe redux challenge was to show how we cook once and remix the leftovers. In prepping for this month’s post, my overachieving tendencies kinda took over and I ended up with three recipes. Let me explain…

As much as I love black beans, I realized that I had not posted a black bean recipe here on the blog. I mean. I eat them at least once a week. So this post is me completely overdoing it on black bean recipes. The first up is my Black Bean Fried Quinoa.

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It all started with my slow cooker black beans. The slow cooker beans are an excellent canvas to build flavorful meals throughout the week. I took that recipe and made two.

For the Black Bean Fried Quinoa, I wanted to build in layers of flavor to elevate the beans. I started by sauteeing onions with ancho chile powder.

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I added in the cooked quinoa. Now, I could have easily stopped right here. The toasted quinoa mixed with the spicy onion mixture was tempting. But I added the rest of the ingredients to complete the meal. Scroll down to get the full recipe.

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For TAKE TWO: I combined the leftover slow cooker beans with some of my favorite spices to make a Spicy Black Bean Soup with Ancho Chile Pepitas

Ancho Black Bean Quinoa in a bowl
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Black Bean Fried Quinoa

This black bean fried quinoa is a quick and easy vegan meal. Use up leftover quinoa and black beans for an easy meal prep recipe! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black beans
Servings: 4
Calories: 335kcal
Author: Marisa Moore


  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil (or any neutral-tasting oil)
  • ½ cup sweet onion diced
  • ½ cup green bell pepper diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup cooked black beans drained
  • ½ cup corn kernels
  • fresh limes and cilantro to garnish


  • Heat the oil over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion and bell pepper in the oil until translucent. Add the chile powder and garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
  • Add the quinoa. Cook until any lingering oil or moisture is absorbed. Add the black beans and corn. Heat through and serve.
  • For extra flavor, add a squeeze of lime and chopped cilantro on top.


If using canned beans, add one can of rinsed and drained black beans.


Calories: 335kcal

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24 Comments on Vegan Black Bean “Fried” Quinoa

  1. Alanna
    March 22, 2015 at 4:38 PM (5 years ago)
    That quinoa is calling my name! I adore black beans and am always looking for new ways to incorporate them into my meals. Can't wait to try this! Reply
    • Marisa
      March 23, 2015 at 6:41 AM (5 years ago)
      Thanks Alanna! Black beans are already so flavorful that these recipes come together in a snap! Reply
  2. Min
    March 22, 2015 at 4:46 PM (5 years ago)
    I cook a batch of dried beans about twice a month and freeze them. However, I've never made them in a slow cooker so I'm excited to try! Loving the addition of ancho chile powder! And I see two of our foods here (wink wink) Reply
    • Marisa
      March 23, 2015 at 6:39 AM (5 years ago)
      LOL! I didn't even think of that Min! But yeah... beans in the slow cooker are the easiest thing! Reply
  3. Farrah
    March 22, 2015 at 9:06 PM (5 years ago)
    This looks amazing! I have a bag of dried black beans that I've been meaning to use. Hooray for being able to make it in a slow cooker! :D Reply
    • Marisa
      March 23, 2015 at 6:40 AM (5 years ago)
      Thanks, Farrah! I tend to only use my slow cooker in the winter. This year -even if only for beans- I think I'll use it more often. Reply
  4. Jessica @ Nutritioulicious
    March 23, 2015 at 1:16 PM (5 years ago)
    Yum! This looks so delish. I love black beans also. So many great flavors in this quinoa dish! Reply
    • Marisa
      March 26, 2015 at 11:11 AM (5 years ago)
      Thanks, Jessica! I love that it's so flexible. I added different veggies to it throughout the week. Reply
    • Marisa
      March 23, 2015 at 9:05 PM (5 years ago)
      I actually like it so much better. Perfect canvas for many meals to come! Reply
  5. genevieve @ gratitude and greens
    March 27, 2015 at 9:45 PM (5 years ago)
    You had me at ancho chile powder. This sounds so yummy and I can't wait to try it! And I totally agree: black beans are awesome! Reply
    • Marisa
      March 28, 2015 at 2:14 PM (5 years ago)
      I know. Don't you just love the sweet heat of ancho chiles?! Thanks for stopping by! Reply
  6. Traci
    December 31, 2018 at 12:09 PM (11 months ago)
    Perfect recipe for this time of year! Vegan skillet meals are so lovely...let's eat ALL the quinoa and black beans!

    5 stars

    • Marisa
      December 31, 2018 at 2:23 PM (11 months ago)
      I'm with you, Traci! All the way with ya! Reply
  7. Kathi
    December 31, 2018 at 12:15 PM (11 months ago)
    This looks like lunch all week to me! Piled high on top of some fresh greens! Yum!

    5 stars

    • Marisa
      December 31, 2018 at 2:24 PM (11 months ago)
      It's so perfect for meal prep and would be delicious atop a big pile of greens! Reply
  8. Saima
    December 31, 2018 at 12:57 PM (11 months ago)
    Quinoa! Never tried it before, so your recipe is calling to me to make it! Will do so soon.

    5 stars

    • Marisa
      December 31, 2018 at 2:24 PM (11 months ago)
      Oh yeah. You gotta try quinoa. It's pretty bland so adding it to a flavorful dish is my favorite way to use it. Reply
  9. Tara
    December 31, 2018 at 12:59 PM (11 months ago)
    Yum! This definitely sounds perfect for using up leftovers. I love your use of the ancho chili powder.

    5 stars

    • Marisa
      December 31, 2018 at 2:22 PM (11 months ago)
      Ancho chiles add a nice, almost sweet heat! Reply
    • Marisa
      December 31, 2018 at 2:25 PM (11 months ago)
      Thanks Lauren. And Yes. It's perfect for either or both and an easy meal prep recipe too! Reply

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