Black Bean Quinoa Taco Soup

Quinoa Taco Soup



I couldn’t think of a more perfect recipe to share on Meatless Monday than this Black Bean Quinoa Taco Soup! This soup is not only vegetarian, it’s also vegan… and most importantly, it’s so delicious!

Black Bean Quinoa Taco Soup

Oh and did I mention the prep time is 15 minutes? Gotta love the power of the almighty slow cooker!

Vegetarian Taco Soup Recipe



The idea for this recipe came from my desire to make a vegetarian version of one of LLB’s most popular recipes, Taco Soup.

I love using both quinoa and black beans in vegetarian recipes because they are both packed with protein!

  • 1 cup quinoa = 24 g protein
  • 30 oz black beans = 49 g protein
  • 1 lb ground beef = 65 g protein

As you can see the black beans and quinoa in this soup provide more protein than a pound of ground beef and contain way less calories and fat! Now, let’s get cooking!

Vegetarian Taco Soup Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ red onion (diced)
  • 1 jalapeno (de-seeded and diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 (15 oz) cans black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 4 oz can green chilies
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning (click for recipe)
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 2 cups vegetable broth

Optional Toppings

  • sour cream
  • lime wedges
  • cilantro
  • avocado (diced)

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the diced onion and jalapeño. Sauté for 3-5 minutes, then add the minced garlic.

Vegetarian Taco Soup Recipe

Sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes, then place the mixture in a slow cooker. Add the black beans, tomatoes and green chilies.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Taco Soup

Add the quinoa, taco seasoning and cilantro. Pour the vegetable broth over the top.

Crock Pot Black Bean Quinoa Taco Soup

Place the slow cooker on high for 30 minutes – 1 hour to cook the quinoa, then turn to low and cook for 6-8 hours.

Vegetarian Black Bean Taco Soup

I topped mine with sour cream and avocados for a little creaminess, and fresh cilantro and lime juice for a little extra zing!

Crock Pot Vegetarian Taco Soup



If you want to keep it vegan, omit the sour cream and top with diced avocado or creamy guacamole!

Black Bean Quinoa Taco Soup

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian (and vegan!)

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Black Bean Quinoa Taco Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Serving Size: 4-6

Black Bean Quinoa Taco Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Enzo Olive Oil
  • ½ red onion (diced)
  • 1 jalapeno (de-seeded and diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 (15 oz) cans black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 4 oz can green chilies
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • Optional Toppings
  • sour cream
  • lime wedges
  • cilantro
  • avocado (diced)

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the diced onion and jalapeño.
  3. Sauté for 3-5 minutes, then add the minced garlic.
  4. Sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes, then place the mixture in a slow cooker.
  5. Add the black beans, tomatoes and green chilies.
  6. Add the quinoa, taco seasoning and cilantro.
  7. Pour the vegetable broth over the top.
  8. Place the slow cooker on high for 30 minutes – 1 hour to cook the quinoa, then turn to low and cook for 6-8 hours.
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