Yield: about 6-8 servings


  • 1½ cups pre-rinsed quinoa*
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. ground chipotle chile powder
  • ¼ tsp. ground cumin
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 1¾ cups water
  • ½ cup roasted unsalted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup crumbled queso fresco
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • Juice of 1 lime
« »
  • step 1: HideShow Images

    Add the quinoa to a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.  Toast, stirring frequently, until the quinoa is fragrant and making a popping sound, about 5-7 minutes.  Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

  • step 2: HideShow Images

    Replace the pan on the burner over medium heat.  Melt the butter and olive oil together.  Stir in the diced onion, chipotle powder, cumin and salt.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to soften, about 5 minutes.

  • step 3: HideShow Images

    Increase the heat to medium-high.  Stir in the water and quinoa and bring the mixture to a simmer.  Cover, lower the heat to a simmer over low heat, and let cook just until the quinoa is tender and the liquid is absorbed, 18-20 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking. Remove the pan from the heat and let sit, still covered, for 10 more minutes.  Remove the lid and fluff with a fork.  Stir in the peanuts, queso fresco, scallions and lime juice.  Serve warm.

  • step 4: HideShow Images

    *If your quinoa is not pre rinsed, place in a fine mesh strainer, drain well, and then spread on a rimmed baking sheet lined with towels.  Let dry for 15 minutes before proceeding with the recipe.