two meatless tacos side by side, full of seasoned quinoa and garnishes of cheese and veggies

Chipotle-Lime Quinoa Taco Meat (THM:E meatless meal!)

Love tacos but on a budget? Maybe meatless meals are your jam? Say hello to Chipotle-Lime Quinoa Taco Meat for kids, vegans, and Trim Healthy Mamas alike! A complete protein, quinoa easily stands in for ground beef in a pinch, especially when laden with your favorite toppings (cheese, sour cream, & black beans, anyone?) and enjoyed in Mexican-inspired dishes like taco salad or stuffed peppers!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Author Dawn Yoder


  • 6 cups soaked and cooked quinoa if cooking in broth for THM:E meals use fat-free broth
  • 2/3 cups pure water
  • 1 tablespoon paprika powder
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano or 2 teaspoons cut, dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cacao powder optional
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons sea salt to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon chipotle powder to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice


  1. Whether cooked quinoa is cold or still hot, simply mix it together with the water, spices, and lime juice until well combined.

  2. If seasoned quinoa is cold, simply add it to a saucepan along with a small amount of water. Heat over low to medium heat until warmed through. Watch carefully and stir frequently to prevent sticking or burning.

  3. Serve immediately, or allow to cool and package for the freezer.
  4. To reheat frozen quinoa, follow the same instructions for chilled quinoa, above.

Recipe Notes

*I follow this method for soaking and cooking quinoa in my Instant Pot. It's easy and works perfectly every time!