One Skillet Vegetarian Quinoa Fajitas

Hi there friendly friend! Today I’m bringing you a healthy dinner recipe for Vegetarian Quinoa Fajitas. This recipe is super easy to make yet delicious and healthy. It’s perfect for Meatless Mondays or any day of the week.

Vegetarian Quinoa Fajitas for #BackToSchoolWeek from

Back to school is a bit like New Years for me. It’s a time for renewal, for thinking about how I want my life, and my family’s life, to be for the next year. The resolutions I make are a bit different though. Mostly I’m thinking about being more organized and finding ways to make our mornings run more smoothly.

But one Back to School resolution is quite similar to the New Year’s resolutions I usually make: For us all to eat healthier.

Towards that goal, I am planning to put more focus on vegetables and alternate protein sources. Having a vegetarian dinner at least once a week (a meatless Monday kind of routine) is one way that I can do that.

This vegetarian dinner is one of my favorites and I plan to add it to our meal rotation more often. That won’t be a hard thing to do since it’s a delicious meal that my whole family enjoys:

These vegetarian quinoa fajitas are a healthy meal, and, as I said, my whole family loves them. Even better, it’s quick to make and uses only one skillet. That means dinner prep is fast and dinner clean-up is even faster.

The best thing is if we have leftovers in the skillet. Then I just put the lid back on and pop it into the fridge. Dishes done.

Wait, no. That’s not the best thing. There’s something better. The leftover skillet full of hearty healthy cheesy quinoa is an easy side dish the next day. Or it turns into a fantastic soup for lunches. I add broth until it’s a thickness that I like, heat and package into a thermos.

I may not succeed in getting everyone ready on time in the mornings, but with dinners like this up my sleeve I might manage to keep one of my Back to School resolutions.

Vegetarian Quinoa Fajitas for #BackToSchoolWeek from

For another quick and healthy vegetarian quinoa dish, be sure to also check out my recipe for cheesy quinoa stuffed mushrooms.
Vegetarian Cheesy Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms

Now, here is my recipe for Vegetarian Quinoa Fajitas:

One Skillet Vegetarian Quinoa Fajitas

This quick and easy dinner is all cooked in one skillet, meaning that it's a breeze to make and to clean up afterwards. This is a meatless dinner and yet it is very satisfying due to the protein in both the beans and the quinoa. The leftovers from the skillet make a wonderful side dish on their own and an even more delicious soup, just add broth! Note: This dish can be made ahead. Make the quinoa and bean filling ahead and then cover and refrigerate. Warm it up and add the cheese.


  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 of a medium onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can low-sodium black beans, drained
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 and 1/2 cups water or low-sodium broth
  • 1/2 cup shredded finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 12 (6 inch) flour tortillas
  • 1 cup salsa or pico de gallo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt


  1. Warm the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and the bell pepper. Cook stirring occasionally until softened, 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add the chili powder, salt and smoked paprika. Stir. Add the quinoa, beans, tomatoes and water or broth. Stir. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and allow to simmer until all liquid is absorbed and hte quinoa is soft, about 13-16 minutes.
  3. Remove the skillet from the heat and uncover. Fluff the quinoa with a fork. Sprinkle with the cheddar cheese. Return cover and allow the heat from the quinoa to melt the cheese.
  4. Serve the quinoa mixture in flour tortillas with the salsa and sour cream.

25 Responses to “One Skillet Vegetarian Quinoa Fajitas”

  1. Ellie — August 12, 2014 @ 7:45 pm (#)

    I love this recipe!! So versatile and incredibly easy to make. It makes enough to last me an entire week and then some. I passed it along to my brother(a picky eater and beginner cook) and he has given it rave reviews despite the fact that he is a meat lover and frequently complains when a dish is lacking meat. I add extra chili powder and green chiles for a little more flavor and spice but overall this is one of my proudest discoveries thank you for sharing!

  2. Mary Brown — August 21, 2013 @ 6:21 pm (#)

    WOW…there is only one word for this…FABULOUS!!!! Just made this for dinner and my husband and I just LOVED it! This is a definite keeper and we will be eating this on a regular basis! THANK YOU for sharing!

    • Christine Pittman — August 22, 2013 @ 9:44 am (#)

      Mary, Thank you so much. I am beyond delighted that you made my recipe and that you guys like it. Thanks for telling me. You’ve made my day!

  3. Amy | Amy's Cooking Adventures — August 20, 2013 @ 6:06 pm (#)

    Always love another way to use quinoa! Yum!

  4. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork — August 19, 2013 @ 7:13 pm (#)

    I love the idea of using quinoa instead of rice with Mexican meals! I’ll need to try this!!

  5. tanya — August 19, 2013 @ 3:37 pm (#)

    I have only recently begun serving my family quinoa. I think this would make them very happy, it looks and sounds so good!

  6. kelley @ Miss Information — August 19, 2013 @ 2:44 pm (#)

    I never would have thought of using quinoa in a taco! I usually use it as a side. Can’t wait to try this. Thanks!

  7. Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — August 19, 2013 @ 2:06 pm (#)

    What a wonderful weeknight meal, especially for a Meatless Monday! I love all of the flavors going on – and so colorful!!

  8. Camille — August 19, 2013 @ 12:46 pm (#)

    I definitely need to try quinoa soon! These look delicious!

  9. Katie — August 19, 2013 @ 12:00 pm (#)

    Yum! I love the idea of quinoa fajitas… what a brilliant idea and perfect meatless monday dish!

  10. Heather @ French Press — August 19, 2013 @ 11:49 am (#)

    these look delicious. we enjoy quinoa, but I had never thought to use it in fajitas. gorgeous meal

  11. Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life — August 19, 2013 @ 9:47 am (#)

    I’ve just been recently introduced to quinoa, and this looks like an easy recipe to use it in, thanks!

    • Christine Pittman — August 19, 2013 @ 9:56 am (#)

      It is easy andmy kids like it a lot (probably because of the cheese). Let me say this though, even if your box of quinoa says that you don’t have to rinse it before cookingit, still rinse it. There is sometimes a bitter-ish taste that seems to come from a powder on the outside of the grains. I’ve had bad-tasting quinoa from not rinsing a couple of times now and have decided that it’s just not worth skipping that step. Can’t wait to go check out eveyrone else’s #BackToSchoolWeek posts. Yum!


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