Mexican Ground Beef Quinoa Skillet – $5 Dinner Challenge

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.

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Mexican Ground Beef Quinoa Skillet

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 40 minutes


  • 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


  • Brown ground beef and onion; drain excess fat.
  • Rinse quinoa in sieve/colander.
  • 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.)
  • Serve Mexican Ground Beef Quinoa Skillet.

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

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  1. Jenny says

    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!

  2. says

    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!

  3. says

    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.

  4. Diane says

    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!!

  5. Natalie says

    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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