One-Pan Southwest Quinoa (30-Minute Vegan Pantry Recipe!)
This is a super easy recipe that’s made in one pan in less than 30 minutes… and it’s completely vegan! Bonus – this Vegan One-Pan Southwest Quinoa recipe can be made with ingredients in your pantry. Don’t have all these ingredients in your pantry? Check out my substitution suggestions in the recipe notes.
Servings Prep Time
6servings 5minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
6servings 5minutes
Cook Time
  1. Heat 1 cup of water to a boil, then mix in the Better Than Bouillon Seasoned Vegetable Base, stirring until the seasoning has dissolved. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a pot or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the diced onion and saute for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the quinoa to the pot and stir into the onion and oil mixture. Saute, stirring, for 1 minute more.
  4. Add the reserved Better Than Bouillon and water mixture to the pot along with the black beans, corn, diced tomatoes (with their juices), seasoning salt, oregano, garlic powder, chipotle, paprika, cumin, and pepper. Stir until well combined, and bring to a low boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover the pot. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the quinoa has softened.
  6. Remove the pot from heat and stir in the juice from 1 lime.
Recipe Notes

Substitution Ideas: Since this is a pantry meal, I’ve got some substitution options for today’s recipe in case you don’t have all the ingredients on hand. Here are some options for you:

  • Olive oil: You can substitute vegetable oil.
  • Onion: You can substitute a red or green bell pepper, or you can skip this ingredient if you don’t have an onion, and it won’t impact the outcome of the meal that much.
  • Better Than Bouillon Seasoned Vegetable Base: You can substitute Roasted Chicken Base, but keep in mind that the meal will no longer be vegan.
  • Black beans: Kidney beans or pinto beans are good substitutes, or you can skip this ingredient.
  • Corn: You can substitute 1 cup of frozen corn for the canned corn, or just skip this ingredient altogether.
  • Canned diced tomatoes: You can substitute a comparable amount of jarred salsa, a can of diced tomatoes with chilies, or chop other canned tomatoes (if you have whole, sliced, or fire-roasted canned tomatoes).
  • Chipotle seasoning: You can substitute chili powder if you don’t have chipotle powder. If you have canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, use 1/2 – 1 whole chipotle pepper (depending on your spice preferences) from the can, minced.
  • Lime: If you don’t have a lime, you can use 1-2 tablespoons of bottled lime juice, juice from a lemon, or skip this ingredient altogether.

Topping Ideas: If you have them on hand, these are delicious topping ideas for serving One-Pan Southwest Quinoa. Keep in mind that these are not all vegan:

  • Salsa
  • Diced avocado
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded Mexican cheese blend