Crockpot Mexican Quinoa Tacos

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Delicious and meatless Mexican quinoa tacos made easy in the slow cooker. Dump it and forget about it meal! {FREEZER FRIENDLY, GLUTEN-FREE}

Healthy Quinoa Tacos made in the CROCKPOT

Quinoa Tacos

Say hello to your New Years’ healthy eating resolutions done right.

If you happen to think that healthy can’t also be one of the tastiest things you’ve ever eaten, then make this recipe ASAP. This meal is healthy, quick, and ultra tasty!

ingredients Healthy Quinoa Tacos made in the CROCKPOT
P.S. I’m totally winning at New Years Resolutions so far. I never have been great at them, so 2016 is my year right?! And since I didn’t want to be that person that started running on the first of January, I actually started back into running three days before the first.

We will see how long it lasts. In the past I’ve been a huge runner. Absolutely loved running, BUT with kiddos and a husband that happens to have an insane work schedule it’s been a challenge the past couple of years. So, yoga has replaced running and been my workout thing. However, come the 1st of January, I was that person that signed up for a half marathon coming up. Woot woot!

And by woot, woot, I mean, PLEASE wish me luck. Also, the husband convinced me to sign up on Strava (an exercise tracking app). So I did and, um, I have one follower and that is him. I’m winning this running game so far…

Healthy Quinoa Tacos made in the CROCKPOTHealthy Quinoa Tacos made in the CROCKPOTAlong with running, which the husband already does faithfully every single day (he’s training for another marathon in a couple of months), we’ve both decided a healthier diet (after all the holiday treats) is in order.

When I talk about a healthy meal though, no sacrifice of taste is a MUST. And these tacos fit the bill. They are meatless while still ultra filling and packed with good-for-you ingredients.

The best part though? They really are as easy as opening cans and dumping them in the crockpot.

As far as toppings for these quinoa tacos, those are up to you! Our FAVORITES: queso fresco cheese, a chopped avocado, squeeze of fresh lime, and cilantro. Other ideas: cheddar cheese, fresh chopped tomato, green chilis, jalapeno, shredded lettuce, etc. Whatever you like on your tacos!!Healthy Quinoa Tacos made in the CROCKPOT

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Crockpot Mexican Quinoa Tacos

4.84 from 25 votes
Delicious and meatless Mexican quinoa black bean tacos made easy in the slow cooker. Dump it and forget about it meal! {FREEZER FRIENDLY, GLUTEN-FREE}
Quinoa Tacos made in the CROCKPOT
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Crockpot Mexican Quinoa Tacos

Quinoa Tacos made in the CROCKPOT
4.84 from 25 votes
Delicious and meatless Mexican quinoa black bean tacos made easy in the slow cooker. Dump it and forget about it meal! {FREEZER FRIENDLY, GLUTEN-FREE}
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword quinoa tacos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup chicken stock or vegetable broth
  • 2 cans (15 ounces EACH) black beans
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes in tomato juice*
  • 1 can (10 ounces) enchilada sauce**
  • 1 can (15 ounces) corn
  • 3 tablespoons or 1 packet (1.25 ounces) taco seasoning***
  • Corn or flour tortillas
  • Top with your favorites: queso fresco cheese, diced avocado, cilantro, fresh lime

Instructions

  • Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh sieve to remove bitter saponin coating.
  • In a large crockpot (I use a 6 quart crockpot), add in the quinoa, chicken stock (vegetable broth to keep vegetarian), drained and rinsed black beans, undrained diced tomatoes in tomato juice, enchilada sauce, drained corn, and packet taco seasoning (or homemade taco seasoning).
  • Stir. Cover and cook on high 2.5 hours to 4 hours depending on the heat of your slow cooker.
  • Important notes with cooking quinoa in slow cooker: slow cookers cook at different temperatures! You'll want to watch this carefully if you have a slow cooker that runs hot so the quinoa doesn't get mushy. This recipe doesn't work on low because quinoa will get mushy when cooked on low for long time periods.
  • When quinoa is cooked through, serve on corn or flour tortillas and top with your desired toppings.
  • Garnish with a squeeze of fresh lime, cilantro, a diced avocado, and lots of queso fresco cheese!

Recipe Notes

*Use diced tomatoes with green chilies for more spice if desired. **I like medium enchilada sauce in this recipe. I use Great Value, Rosarita, or Old El Paso all with great results. Homemade should also work -- just make sure it is to your heat preference. ***If Gluten intolerant, make sure to buy a gluten-free taco seasoning packet. If vegan is a concern, make without cheese!

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FREEZER MEAL! Instructions: Combine ALL of the ingredients, mix, and pour into a large resealable ziplock bag (remove any air). (Double bag to be safe!)

Freeze. When ready to enjoy the next day, thaw overnight in your fridge (or for 24 hours). Pour the mixture in your slow cooker and follow cooking instructions written in the recipe box.
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127 Comments

  1. These tacos look delicious and I LOVE that they’re made in the Crockpot! I’m in the same boat as you are… have not ran much in the past couple of years and really want to get back at it this year. Good luck!

  2. Congrats to you for kicking off 2016 with a bang! I wish you lots of luck with the running gig and the half marathon. If you keep eating wonderful dishes like these Mexican quinoa tacos, you will have all kinds of crazy energy! Pinning!

    1. Hey Janice! I’m not quite sure what the question is, I used BOTH diced tomatoes and enchilada sauce in this recipe! πŸ™‚ And neither are drained. I hope that helps!

      1. Thanks for the fast response! Predictive texting changed “put” to “out,” sorry for the confusion. Adding the enchilada sauce riiiight now. ?

        1. You are welcome! Glad I could get to it πŸ™‚ Haha no worries, dang autocorrect!! I hope you love these πŸ™‚

  3. These looks so good, I’m making this weekend! Question…would the cooking time change if adding chicken? Has anyone tried that?

    1. If you cut the chicken into smaller pieces and make it pretty covered with liquid it should be done in about 2 and 1/2 – 3 and 1/2 hours depending on the heat of your slow cooker.

  4. This was amazing! I did make some changes though bc who follows recipes exactly πŸ˜‰ I added some green chiles, pinto beans and ground turkey. I’m not a fan of quinoa usually but this was so good. Definitely will make this again!

    1. Haha! πŸ™‚ I am so thrilled to hear about your changes and that you enjoyed this recipe!! Thanks so much for the comment πŸ™‚

  5. 4 stars
    These worked out really well for taco night for me – everyone else eats meat. Although the quinoa was done, there was still a lot of liquid in it, so I just used a slotted spoon and it was perfect. So tasty, especially with some lime juice on top. Thanks for a wonderful ,healthy recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    Hi Chelsea! I recently discovered this recipe and it’s out of this world! The very first time I made it I forgot to buy the taco shells so I ate everything in a bowl and it was still amazing! My favourite part is the fresh avocado on top. Also, I just wrote a blog post on my website and linked this recipe in the post – I hope thats okay! I didn’t use any photos but I’ve linked your site. You can check it out here http://femmesociety.ca/5-things-that-made-me-happy-this-month/

    Keep up the awesome recipes Chelsea!

    1. Awe thank you so, so much Kate! Your excerpt in the post made my day! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  7. 5 stars
    These are delicious! I’ve started adding ground turkey to them which is also yummy! I was wondering if you had the nutrition information on them? Trying to plug into my fitness pal…

    1. So glad you like these Nadia! The ground turkey sounds fantastic! πŸ™‚ I’m sorry I don’t have nutritional information on these, but if you plug the ingredients into My Fitness Pal it should give you a pretty accurate nutrition label!

    2. I entered into my fitness pal already and with 99% lean ground turkey green chilies and pinto beans in place of a can of black beans it is:
      337 calories
      4.6 g fat
      30.2 G protein
      45.1 carbs1204.2 mg sodium
      10.8 g fiber
      7.4 g sugar

  8. This is sooo good! This is the 2nd time I’ve made this and I love it. It makes a lot for 2 people so I just put half of it in a Tupperware and freeze it for another time. I do make a few changes; instead of red enchilada sauce I use green, 1 can black beans 1 can of pinto, 1lb ground turkey and a can of green chills.
    I figured out the calories and it’s only about 340/ serving if you say this make 6 servings.
    AMAZING, easy dinner!

    1. Yay! I’m so thrilled to hear you’ve enjoyed this dinner!! Thank you so much for the comment Camille πŸ™‚

  9. 5 stars
    This was incredible and full of flavor, now to share with some of the ladies at work , thanks for the recipe , sprayed Pam on the corn tortillas and fried til toasted !

    1. Hmm the enchilada sauce is pretty integral to the overall flavor. I supposed you could use tomato sauce or petite diced tomatoes (un-drained) but you’d probably want to add some extra spices since enchilada sauce does have quite a few spices. Wish I could be of more help!

  10. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness, this recipe is so good. I’m not a big fan of quinoa, but I had some in the pantry so I thought I would give this a try. I wasn’t expecting much. We have had it two nights in a row now. Leftovers were just as good as the first day. This will definitely become one of our go so dinners. Thank You!

  11. How are these as leftovers?! I’m already afraid I may have overcooked and made it mushy. If I refrigerate and reheat the next day, how will this taste?!

    1. They are a *bit* mushier as leftovers, but we love them throughout the week for lunches. If they are already mushier from being overcooked, they might not hold up all week, but they should be fine for a couple days!

    1. When I make this we have it for leftovers and love it! It’s definitely mushier the longer it is stored in the fridge though

  12. How long does this last in the freezer? I’d like to stock up on freezer meals for when baby arrives. πŸ™‚

  13. 5 stars
    I just about have everything in but I don’t have enchilada sauce! I have all of the spices to make it but I don’t know if the lack of β€œsauce” will mess up the cooking! I’m going to try tomato sauce and add the spices to that :/ I’ll see if it works!

  14. 5 stars
    Chelsea, I love you and all your recipes. My whole family knows you by name. Lol

    Thank you for what you do!

    I like adding some diced sweet potatoes to this recipe πŸ™‚

    1. Awe you made my day!! πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for the comment! And sweet potatoes sound like an amazing addition!

  15. 5 stars
    I made these tonight and my family loved them! Every recipe of yours is fantastic! Your recipes are quick abd easy! Thank you so much!

  16. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness, made these for the first time tonight and they were spectacular! And so incredibly easy. This is gonna be a keeper. Thank you!

  17. 5 stars
    I don’t know why I waited so long to make these! They are absolutely DELICIOUS!!! Will definitely be making them again β™‘

    1. I’m sure you can! I haven’t tried it yet, so I can’t give the recommendation, but please let me know if you try it out!

  18. If I want to make a double batch can I just double the recipe and then put it all in a crockpot on bight for the same timeframe for the single batch?

    1. Yes; it should be around the same time (maybe an additional 30 mins or hour) but make sure you have a really large crockpot, because one batch really fills it up!

  19. Can I make a double batch by doubling the recipe and put all in crockpot for the original cooking time or double cooking time?

    1. I’ve never tried doubling this recipe, so I’m not sure how it will go as far as cooking evenly. It should be around the original cooking time though πŸ™‚

  20. 5 stars
    This recipe was INCREDIBLE! My husband and I have only recently started eating a plant-based diet and this was so heaty and delicious. My husband has already requested this dish again – it’s a definite winner!

    1. Tara, i’m so glad to hear this. This is definitely a big hit at my house, and it’s so nice to have a meal that is healthy, and everyone likes! πŸ™‚

  21. I loved these! I Want to make them again for a party tomorrow , but just realized I’m out of black beans πŸ™ will any other beans work?

    1. It’s all about taste! If you like other beans and think they go well with those flavors than you for sure can use different beans. I’d recommend pinto beans!

  22. Do you think this would work with rice instead of quinoa? Maybe trying it stovetop would be easier if I did rice though

    1. I’ve never had much luck with rice cooking evenly in the crockpot, so I would recommend stovetop for rice!

  23. Love it! So easy to make, pretty much all ingredients I always have at home, and to just dump it in the crockpot for a few hours? What could anyone possibly complain about? I haven’t found many crockpot recipes I enjoy that are vegetarian but not loaded with cheese. This is definitely on my list though!

  24. 5 stars
    My family eats Vegetarian Mon-Friday. I found this recipe and made it tonight! It was super easy. I cooked the quinoa and just dumped everything together in a pot to warm up! No crockpot needed! This was a HUGE hit! Definitely will be making this again!
    Thank you!

  25. 5 stars
    My husband and I Absolutely loved this!! Used vegetable broth to make it plant based compliant! I will definitely make this when we have visitors!

  26. I was wondering how liquidy this turns out? Will I need to serve it with a slotted spoon of some sort or does the quinoa absorb the liquid as it cooks?

  27. Hello! I am so excited to try this recipe as all the reviews sound amazing and I LOVE crockpot recipes. I am curious to know if I should drain the can of corn? I threw it in my crockpot already with the corn juice from the can so fingers crossed you’re supposed to keep the corn juice too.

    1. Hey! The instructions say β€œdrained corn” but it should still be okay, maybe just drain off extra liquid if needed! Hope you love it!

      1. 5 stars
        Oh crap! My Bad! I was just looking at the ingredients list and just once overed the actual recipe. Thank you for the prompt reply! My kitchen is smelling delicious and I’m sure it will still be great!

        1. No worries at all! πŸ™‚ I should add that to the ingredient list, so thank you for that suggestion! πŸ™‚ I hope you loved it!

  28. 5 stars
    This is so, so good!! The flavors are perfect with just the right amount of spice (used mild enchilada sauce and taco seasoning packet)! Easy and delicious crockpot recipe! Thank you!

    1. It is necessary for this dish, but if you don’t like enchilada sauce you probably won’t like this meal to be honest! It definitely has a strong enchilada flavor. Sorry Renee!

  29. Loved every recipe of yours I tried so far. Thank you! Planning this meal for tomorrow night, but wondering what 6-8 servings means – does it mean it will feed 6-8 people or it will fill 6-8 tortillas? I have 2 teenage boys that eat a lot!!

    1. Hey Pascale! So glad to hear that πŸ™‚ I’d say this feeds 6-8 people (probably closer to 6 with 2 teenage boys :)) It makes a ton of filling and when you load it in tortillas with toppings, it’s a good amount of food! Hope that helps πŸ™‚

  30. 5 stars
    We loved this recipe! My sister is such a fussy eater and said it was delicious!! Highly recommend ❀️❀️

  31. 5 stars
    Just made these and subbed rotel per your notes to spice it up a little. My husband is still raving about these. He used the term “restaurant quality”! Thanks for sharing this recipe. It really was so simple. I also learned to rinse quinoa. I have just started using that grain and didn’t rinse prior to making this recipe.

  32. 5 stars
    Love, love, love this recipe, as does my 15 month old! Thanks for a great one! Also, I use my own black beans and it works well to. 2×14 ounce cans is equal to 2.5 cups.

  33. 5 stars
    Came out really well; was filling and delicious.
    Had to mix the quinoa really well after the 2.5 hour mark.
    I served it with Mexican style cheese as a burrito and it was awesome!

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