Rice-Cooker Spanish Quinoa and Beans (GF)

Updated: Jul 11, 2020

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Note: Blog post, images, and recipe updated on July 11, 2020

Rice-Cooker Spanish Quinoa and Beans
Rice-Cooker Spanish Quinoa and Beans

Did you know that your rice cooker can make more than just rice? For a long time, I was afraid of making anything other than rice or the occasional steel cut oats in mine. But then I saw my boyfriend’s roommate pull an entire gourmet meal out of his like it was a McDonald’s drive-through. I knew my rice cooker was not living up to its potential.


Rice-Cooker Spanish Quinoa and Beans
Rice-Cooker Spanish Quinoa and Beans

A quick internet search opened my eyes to the dishes and even dessert you can make in this appliance. My rice cooker banana bread is a post for another day however. Right now, we’re talking about one of the easiest, healthy dinners you can make: Spanish quinoa and beans.

This is based on Spanish beans and rice, which is quick, easy and delicious on its own. I like using quinoa for an extra protein boost, but feel free to use rice or any other kind of grain you’d like. Just note that you may need to adjust the cooking time on your rice cooker.



Enjoy it as a side dish or dress it up a little with some tortillas and guacamole to make it a full meal. When I make it for my family, my mom likes wrapping it all in a lettuce cup with a smack of hot sauce for an extra kick. This is also one of my favorite recipes to meal prep because it can be enjoyed hot or cold as a grain salad and the flavors develop over time making it even tastier.


If you make this recipe or any others on my blog, tag me in a photo on Instagram @figisisters . I would love to see your recreation!