Quinoa, Black Bean and Corn Tacos


Tacos! These Quinoa Black Bean and Corn Tacos have been a go-to recipe for my family for over 5 years now and we still can’t get enough of them! No one ever even misses the meat!

Quinoa Black Bean Tacos

A Delicious and Healthy Taco Recipe

These are incredibly hearty and filling and they are jam packed with healthy ingredients. This is definitely one of my favorite recipes!

I have changed this recipe a lot since I originally shared it. Not that it was bad at all I just made the recipe more efficient and improved the texture. Before you’d cook the quinoa first then add it and simmer for 20 minutes. So it ended up cooking longer than needed and was too brothy.


I also added seasonings to my taste and cut back on the cayenne because most people don’t love heat as much as I do. So now we’ve got a perfect, quick, weeknight dinner the whole family can enjoy.

Tacos filling mixture in a bowl.

Ingredients You’ll Need for This Recipe

  • Olive oil
  • Yellow onion
  • Garlic
  • Chicken broth
  • Canned tomatoes with green chilis
  • Quinoa
  • Spices – chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, S&P
  • Frozen corn
  • Black beans
  • Lime
  • Cilantro
  • Tortillas and toppings for serving

Close up image of taco filling in a bowl.

How to Make Quinoa Tacos

  • Saute onion and garlic.
  • Add broth, tomatoes, quinoa and spices.
  • Bring to a boil then simmer to cook quinoa through.
  • Stir in corn and black beans and heat through.
  • Mix in cilantro and lime.
  • Serve in tortillas with desired toppings.

Quinoa Black Bean Tacos

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Quinoa, Black Bean and Corn Tacos

5 from 3 votes

These Quinoa and Black Bean Tacos have been a go-to recipe for my family for nearly 5 years now and we still can't get enough of them! No one ever even misses the meat!

Keyword: Quinoa Recipes, Tacos
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 329 kcal


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 (14.5) oz can diced tomatoes with green chilis
  • 3/4 cup dry quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, then more to taste (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Serve with:

  • Corn tortillas, warmed
  • Chopped lettuce
  • Monterey jack or cheddar cheese
  • Diced avocados
  • Diced tomatoes


  1. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick saucepan over medium high heat. Add onion and saute 3 minutes. Add in garlic and saute 1 minute longer. 

  2. Stir in broth, diced tomatoes, quinoa, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat, cover saucepan with lid and simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in corn and black beans, simmer until warmed through, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes longer. 

  5. Mix in lime juice and cilantro. Serve warm over tortillas with desired toppings.
  6. Recipe originally shared April 2013. Updated August, 2017.

  7. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

Recipe Notes

  • Nutrition info is for filling only.
Nutrition Facts
Quinoa, Black Bean and Corn Tacos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 329 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Sodium 50mg 2%
Potassium 890mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 57g 19%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 4g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 10.4%
Vitamin C 20.4%
Calcium 8.2%
Iron 26.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Leslie Taylor: Delicious! I like these better than ground meat tacos, hands down! May 29, 2018 at 3:41pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the 5 star feedback! June 4, 2018 at 10:58am Reply

  • Tiffany: Amazing dish! Thank you so much for this recipe! Nice addition to my new choice of lifestyle. May 11, 2018 at 7:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you enjoyed it! May 17, 2018 at 11:15am Reply

  • Katy: Just made this today with a few minor tweaks for my own taste and it was delicious! I just became full vegetarian and was missing tacos but this totally satisfied my craving. Do you happen to have the nutritional info on them? Like how many calories? No worries if not, just figured I’d ask! April 27, 2018 at 3:43pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked them Katy! Yes, I just added them to the recipe. Thanks! May 1, 2018 at 12:41pm Reply

  • deb: One of my favorite recipes ever. So healthy and filling. April 7, 2018 at 6:00pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to comment! Glad you liked it! April 12, 2018 at 12:10pm Reply

  • Jacqlyn: Are the tomatoes supposed to be drained? My batch ended up very goopy. Not sure if they were supposed to be drained or if my onion was perhaps too large. Thanks for the recipe! March 16, 2018 at 7:04pm Reply

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