Mexican Ground Beef Quinoa Skillet – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 5, 2010

Alrighty y’all!

Tonight’s recipe comes from Marilyn! And I’ve got another similar one that I’ll share tomorrow night. This week might turn into “Skillet Dinner Week”…or it might not?!??!?

(Hint: I’ve got some great grilling recipes coming your way!)

So if it rains…and you can’t get out to the grill, stay in and make these skillet dinners instead.

1 lb. ground beef (could use ground turkey)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 14-oz. can diced tomatoes (with juice)
1 4-oz. can chopped chilies
1 cup quinoa
1-1/2 cup water
1-1/2 T. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin

1. Brown ground beef and onion; drain excess fat.
2. Rinse quinoa in sieve/colander.
3. Add tomatoes, chilies, quinoa, water and spices to ground beef mixture and simmer (uncovered) for about 25 minutes. (If water evaporates too quickly, cover pan for remainder of cooking time.)
4. Serve Mexican Ground Beef Quinoa Skillet.

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P.S. This is totally a Pantry Staples Recipe too!


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Kelly Lininger April 5, 2010 at 7:55 pm

I just love your site – I linked your site to my recent post on my meal planning and the Weekly Menu Planner I use from your site.

Thanks again!


Heather April 5, 2010 at 8:54 pm

When you say a similar recipe tomorrow I hope you mean using quinoa. I need more quinoa recipes so bring ‘em on!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 5, 2010 at 9:05 pm


Sadly…it’s not quinoa for tomorrow! But I do have some on my to try list!


Sarah April 5, 2010 at 9:16 pm

It seems like I wasn’t the only one in a mexican fiesta mood today! :)


Arthi April 6, 2010 at 10:09 am

My blog lists mainly Indian recipes, and most of them are meatless, so you would find that they mostly fall under 5$ a meal.


Jenny April 6, 2010 at 11:32 am

Can’t wait to try this! Like a previous poster, I have been looking for quinoa recipes, and this one sounds like it’s right up my alley! Yum! Thank you!


Dorothy April 7, 2010 at 7:02 am

I was already making turkey & black bean tacos for dinner, so I changed it up and tried this version with the quinoa. EVERYBODY in my family ate it! I’ve tried several recipes using quinoa and the results were barely edible. This recipe is a keeper! I’d love to see your future quinoa recipes. Thank you!


Heather April 9, 2010 at 12:55 am

We tried this and it was a hit! My 3 year old has been in a barely consuming enough calories for life spell and this was the first meal he gobbled up! Yippee! Now we are on a ravenous eating kick.
My husband liked this so much he declared we should eat quinoa twice a week! I don’t have enough recipes to support that though.


Diane April 10, 2010 at 9:45 pm

This was so good–my whole family had seconds!! I let it thicken up so I could serve it inside warm tortillas with fresh cilantro, cheese, lettuce, low-fat sour cream, and olives. Yum!!! Bring on the quinoa recipes!!


Carol Conti April 12, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Delicious recipe! We all loved it.


Viki February 2, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Yum, im making this tomorrow but with tofu saute instead of ground beef!


Kristin April 17, 2012 at 10:42 am

This looks fantastic! About how many servings does this make??


Natalie April 9, 2013 at 8:52 pm

This was AMAZING!

I used 2 cups of chicken broth and Morning Star Meatless Crumbles. I topped with cheese and greek yogurt (as sour cream).

Thanks for sharing! Will be making this in the future :)


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