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Tropical Quinoa and Black Beans


The dramatically colorful dish is flavored with a variety of seasonings for a taste of the tropics. A splash of fresh lime juice when ready to serve brightens the flavors even more. If you prefer extra heat, add a minced jalapeno or serrano chile in addition to or in place of the cayenne.

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  • 1 cup quinoa, well rinsed
  • 1 ripe mango, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 small red onioin, minced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, minced
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp dried thye
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • Can add a minced jalapeno or serrano chile
  • 1 can of black beans
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges for serving



Step 1

1. Cook quinoa in a saucepan of boiling water until tender, 15-20 mins. Drain and set aside.

2. While quinoa is cooking, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and bell pepper, cook until softened, about 4 mins. Stir in ginger, garlic, sugar, ground spices, and cayenne and cook till fragarant., 1 min. Add the beans and reserved quinoa and season to taste with salt and pepepr.

3. Stir in reserved mango, cilantro, and lime juice. Cook until heated through, 2-3 mins. Serve hot with lime wedges.


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