Spanish Rice Using Quinoa

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

My boys love Spanish rice in a restaurant but we only eat brown rice at home and I was not happy with the results. Using a basic Spanish Rice recipe, I replaced the rice with Quinoa. If you haven't tried Quinoa you must - It is just so yummy and easy to make! Be sure to rinse it very well (VERY well!) or it could taste bitter.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Depending on your preference, blend the canned or fresh tomatoes in a blender to remove chunks.
  2. Add water to tomatoes so you have 1 1/2 cups liquid (tomatoes + water).
  3. Add well rinsed quinoa, water/tomato mixture and garlic to a sauce pan and heat to boiling.
  4. Lower heat & simmer for 15-20 minutes until the liquid is absorbed.
  5. Add remaining ingredients & mix well.
  6. Salt as needed.


Most Helpful

Does not make very much, I suggest doubling the recipe.

Suzanne December 22, 2010

This turned out better than I expected!! I absolutley loved it, loved it!! I had all of the ingredients in my pantry and fridge, so that was really nice! I love that it's healthy, inexpensive, and easy, my three favorite things in a recipe!! the only thing I did differently was adding diced carrots and sliced olives. So so yummy!!

usarmywife01 May 12, 2010

Very very good recipe. We eat quinoa plain all the time, and let's be honest- it's not the best tasting food! This was a great way to serve this grain- and I was able to make it into a side dish for fish. I used diced tomatoes with green chilis, because I had it on hand- I think that was a great choice- extra zing. I used three garlic cloves which I blended with the tomatoes. I added the seasonings mentioned during the cooking, rather than at the end. The only issue I had was that I didn't have the option to add water, as the tomatoes blended into 1.5c of liquid. So, I upped the liquid because I didn't know if the quinoa would cook with no water. It worked out very well. My cooking time to get it to a non-soupy texture was 24 minutes. Thanks for sharing!

MrsMM July 12, 2009

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