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Slow Cooker Mexican Quinoa and Black Beans

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  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Flavorful quinoa with salsa, black beans and sliced avocado. An easy meatless meal or an amazing side dish. 


  • 1 (14 oz) can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup uncooked and rinsed quinoa or orzo
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lime juice
  • Avocado slices


  1. Add beans, quinoa (or orzo), water, salsa, bay leaf, cumin, salt and garlic to the slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on HIGH for about 2 hours.
  3.  Remove lid and fluff quinoa with a fork.  Remove the bay leaf.
  4.  Add in fresh lime juice to taste and salt and pepper to taste.
  5.  Serve topped with sliced avocado.


Ideal slow cooker size: 3 quart If you’d like to see a video of this recipe click here.

  • Method: Slow Cooker