Quinoa with Chorizo and Chayote Squash Recipe

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This is a delicious main dish using quinoa and spicy chorizo sausage.  I love chorizo, but it isn’t exactly low fat, so I wanted to use just a little for the taste, and have most of the dish be more healthy ingredients.

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quinoa with chorizo and squash

I found the chayote squash at the farm market, and it looked so different I decided I had to try it. It is native to Central America and Mexico, and can be basically used like summer squash in recipes. It is also one of the ugliest vegetables I have ever seen! Either zucchini or yellow squash would work fine if you can’t find chayote.

A bunch of green vegetables with quinoa on a table.

4.50 from 2 votes

Quinoa with Chorizo and Chayote Squash Recipe

Published By Anne
Quinoa is combined with squash and chorizo for a one dish meal.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Servings: 4
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  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 chayote squash diced
  • 2 chorizo sausage
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 teaspoon chipolte sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cilantro sprigs


  • Bring the water to a boil in a medium sauce pan and add the quinoa. Cook 15-20 minutes until done.
    2 cups water, 1 cup quinoa
  • Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a skillet. Sautee the onion for 5 minutes. Add the red pepper and chayote squash and cook 5 more minutes. Add minced garlic and cook 1 minute.
    1 Tablespoon olive oil, 1 red pepper, 2 garlic cloves, 1 chayote squash, 1 onion
  • Slice the chorizo sausage and add it to the skillet, along with the corn, chipolte sauce and salt and continue to cook for 10 minutes.
    2 chorizo sausage, 1 cup frozen corn, 1 teaspoon chipolte sauce, 1 teaspoon salt
  • Stir in the cooked quinoa, and top with sprigs of cilantro.
    cilantro sprigs

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 595mg | Potassium: 511mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1177IU | Vitamin C: 55mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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15 thoughts on “Quinoa with Chorizo and Chayote Squash Recipe”

  1. I like the idea of it with the chorizo. I have Turkey smoked sausage..I bet that would be good! I could use the quinoa and skip potatoes. Make it so much healthier.

    And that squash..wow! Never have seen anything like that!

  2. I love that you decided to make a healthier version of this quinoa by cutting down on the chorizo. This just made me realize that good food is both healthy and delicious. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.


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