Vegan 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! 

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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

Black Bean Fried Quinoa
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

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! 

Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: black beans, quinoa, vegan recipes
Servings: 4
Calories: 335 kcal
Author: Marisa Moore Nutrition
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed or corn oil
  • ½ cup sweet onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • ½ cup green bell pepper diced
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup cooked black beans drained
  • ½ cup corn kernels
  • fresh limes and cilantro to garnish
  1. Heat the oil over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion in the oil until translucent. Add the chile powder and garlic and sauté for 1 minute.

  2. Add the quinoa. Fry it in the skillet until any lingering oil or moisture is absorbed. Add the bell pepper, black beans and corn. Heat through and serve.

  3. For extra flavor, add a squeeze of lime and chopped cilantro on top.
Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts
Black Bean Fried Quinoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 335
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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14 Comments on Vegan Black Bean Fried Quinoa

  1. Alanna
    March 22, 2015 at 4:38 PM (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago)
      I know. Don't you just love the sweet heat of ancho chiles?! Thanks for stopping by! Reply

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