Protein Packed Spicy Quinoa TACO Bowls Recipe

Spicy Quinoa Taco Bowls Recipe
Written by The Protein Chef

Today we make a delicious meal prep friendly recipe that features a new way to prep quinoa with Pacific Foods Organic Chicken Bone Broth!

For this one we’re gonna start by cooking our quinoa so throw in 1 1/2 cups of quinoa into a pot with 3 cups of some Pacific Foods Organic Chicken Bone Broth. Now most people cook quinoa with water but cooking it with a broth will not only make it taste a world better…it also adds more protein to the recipe (especially since this broth has 9 grams per serving). Bring that to a boil then cover and reduce your heat to a simmer until all of your broth is absorbed which should take around 15-20 minutes.

After your quinoa is prepped take out a bowl, add your quinoa into it, 1 can of drained & rinsed black beans, 1 can of drain & rinsed pinto beans, some lime, 12 ounces of a protein (cooked ground beef, turkey, chicken, tofu, shrimp, tuna, etc), 1 cup of cooked corn, 1 diced avocado, 1 1/2 teaspoons of chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, and a little salt & pepper. Mix all of those ingredients together and portion it out!

I should also note if you haven’t figured it out already that Pacific Foods is sponsoring this post and we have a few other surprises coming at you in the future so get ready!!!

Here is the recipe:

  • 1 1/2 Cups (258g) Quinoa
  • 3 Cups (24 Ounces) Pacific Foods Organic Chicken Bone Broth
  • 1 Can (439g) Drained & Rinsed Black Beans (Low Sodium Preferred)
  • 1 Can (439g) Drained & Rinsed Pinto Beans (Low Sodium Preferred)
  • Squeeze of Lime
  • 12 Ounces Cooked Protein (Beef, Turkey, Chicken, Tofu, Shrimp, Tuna, etc)
  • 1 Cup Cooked Corn
  • 1 Diced Avocado
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • Salt & Pepper


  • Top it with a little fat free sour cream or plain yogurt, some salsa, and a little cheese!
  • Eat it cold or throw it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes!

How to make:

  • Cook your Quinoa by adding it into a pot with your Pacific Foods Broth and bringing it to a boil
  • Once it boils, reduce your heat to a simmer, cover, and let that cook for 15-20 minutes or until all of your Pacific Foods Broth has been absorbed
  • Add in your cooked Quinoa to a large bowl with all of your other ingredients
  • Mix everything together
  • Portion and top

Calories in the whole recipe (1800g):

  • Calories: 2485
  • Fat: 45g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Sodium: 3072mg
  • Carbs: 319g (Net Carbs: 230g)
  • Fiber: 89g
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Protein: 201g

Calories in each 360g serving (if you make 5):

  • Calories: 497
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: .6g
  • Sodium: 614.4mg
  • Carbs: 63.8g (Net Carbs: 46g)
  • Fiber: 17.8g
  • Sugar: 1.4g
  • Protein: 40.2g

About the author

The Protein Chef

Derek Howes is a personal trainer and chef with over a decade of experience in the gym and kitchen. Derek, who is also known as The Protein Chef on his blog and YouTube channel shows his viewers every week that food doesn’t need to be boring or repetitive, it’s all about balance, moderation, and having the knowledge to change things up. His recipes which have been featured in the news, magazines, and on TV are cheap, quick, AND delicious! His motto in life is “everything in moderation” and is without question the most important habit he follows.


Leave a Comment

Join TPC Free!

FREE exclusive content, sales, weekly re-cap, upcoming projects, and MUCH MORE!

Subscribe now

You're awesome!