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Spicy Southwest Quinoa Bowl.

These bowls are LOADED with southwest flavors like sweet potatoes roasted in taco seasonings, black beans, cilantro, lime and quinoa.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 344kcal


Quinoa + Veggies

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • zest + juice of 1 lime
  • 2 sweet potatoes chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Old El Paso Taco Seasoning
  • 1 ounce can black beans rinsed + drained, 14
  • salt + pepper
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • sliced avocado + queso fresco for serving (omit if vegan)
  • warmed Old El Paso flour tortillas for serving

Mango Slaw

Charred Tomatillo Vinaigrette

  • 6-8 tomatillos husk removed
  • 1 ounce can Old El Paso Chopped Green Chiles 4
  • 2 cups fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • juice from half of a lime
  • salt to taste


Mango Slaw

  • In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and toss well. Massage the slaw with your hands for 1-2 minutes. Cover and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

Charred Tomatillo Vinaigrette

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add the tomatillos to the baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes or until the tomatillos are charred. Add the tomatillos and the remaining ingredients to a blender. Blend until completely smooth. Taste and add salt as needed. *NOTE: I like to roast the tomatillos and sweet potatoes at the same time.

For the Bowls

  • Cook the quinoa according to package directions. Fluff with a fork and toss with the zest + juice of 1 lime and chopped cilantro. Keep warm.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Place the sweet potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Add the taco seasoning and gently toss with your hands or two spatulas to evenly coat. Bake for 15-20 minutes, then flip and bake for 10 minutes more or until the sweet potatoes are tender.
  • Toss the black beans with salt, pepper and a handful of chopped cilantro.
  • To assemble the bowls, divide the quinoa among bowls. Top with the sweet potatoes, black beans and sliced avocado. Add the mango slaw and drizzle the bowl the with the tomatillo vinaigrette. Sprinkle with queso fresco and serve with warmed flour tortillas. EAT!


*If you do not have queso fresco on hand, you may substitute cheddar cheese. *The vinaigrette can be made up to 1 week in advance, just keep covered in the fridge. The slaw can be made up to 2 days in advance and stored in the fridge. *To make these bowls a littler hardier, try adding chicken, steak, or my favorite - 2 or 3 fried eggs! YUM!


Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 825mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 11950IU | Vitamin C: 58.8mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 3.7mg