Quinoa and Black Bean Burritos with “Guac De Gallo” – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 14, 2011

I have been on a bit of a quinoa kick lately.  Making it way more often than rice!

(I guess that’s what happens when you buy 8 lbs. of the stuff!)

Cinnamon Walnut Quinoa, plus a Curried Chicken Quinoa that I’ll be making this week and a Spicy Southwest Quinoa that I’ve got on the calendar to share soon!

And now…

A “new and improved” rice and beans burrito!  Using not rice, but  of course, quinoa…

With a side of “Guac de Gallo” if you will.

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Quinoa and Black Bean Burritos with “Guac De Gallo”


  • 1 cup quinoa ($.75)
  • 2 cups liquid – water or vegetable broth
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes ($.16)
  • 2 cups cooked black beans ($.40), or 1 15 oz. can black beans
  • 2 tsp ground cumin ($.10)
  • Juice from 1/2 lime ($.33)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-8 tortillas, depending on size and how many burritos you want! ($.75)
  • 1 avocado, seeded and diced ($1)
  • 1 tomato, seeded and diced ($.75)
  • 1/2 green pepper, seeded and diced ($.37)
  • Couple dashes ground cumin ($.02)
  • 2 sprigs cilantro, chopped ($.25)
  • Juice from 1/2 lime (price above)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a medium saucepan, cook the quinoa in the 2 cups of liquid, as directed on the package.  As it nears it’s cooking time (after about 15 minutes), stir in the diced tomatoes undrained and the black beans.  Add the ground cumin and the lime juice.  Continue cooking for about 10 minutes, or until any remaining liquid cooks off.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Spoon into warm tortillas, roll and eat.
  • If you want a little zing in your burritos, use Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilies in place of the diced tomatoes.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the avocado, tomato, green pepper and add some ground cumin, chopped cilantro, lime juice and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Option #1: Serve the “guac de gallo” on the side.
  • Option #2: Serve the “guac de gallo” inside the burritos.
  • Either way, there won’t be anything left on your plate!

Cost $4.88

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristia@Family Balance Sheet March 14, 2011 at 7:30 pm

I hate to admit it, but I have never had quinoa. I’ll have to give it a try.

Thanks for the link-up.


Sara at Saving For Someday March 14, 2011 at 7:39 pm


These are terrific! And quinoa is a great source of protein, unlike rice. These would be great for a low-carb meal or if trying to increase protein intake in kids. Thanks for the recipe!



Ashley @ Savings in Season March 14, 2011 at 8:19 pm

My recipe has quinoa and avocado too! They’re two of my favorite foods, I think.


Ashley @ Savings in Season March 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm

…And from the looks of the link-up, it was Tex-Mex night for most of us!


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy March 15, 2011 at 9:10 am

I love anything in a wrap! Thanks!


Kristen April 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Not sure where in the world you buy peppers and quinoa that is that cheap. A few cups of quinoa is $5.99 at the store and a pepper is AT LEAST $1.. $2 for a red pepper.


Grace October 15, 2012 at 3:41 pm

I would like to know too, I love quinoa but it’s super expensive!


Jane June 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Me three ;-)


Jane June 16, 2014 at 3:29 pm

The price was always a concern. I would like to know where to buy.


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