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Slow Cooker Quinoa Lettuce Cups

Packed full of protein these Slow Cooker Quinoa Lettuce CupsĀ make a delicious, healthy and fun dinner for adults and kids!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 20 mins
Total Time3 hrs 40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Slow Cooker Quinoa Lettuce Cups
Calories: 456kcal


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 1 pound beef, ground, 90% lean
  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes, canned
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 8 ounce black beans, canned
  • 1 cup corn, canned
  • 1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Serve With

  • 12 leaf lettuce, romaine
  • 1 cup, chopped or sliced tomato, red
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 2 stalk green onion


  • Heat the oil in a skillet on the pan and add the onion and garlic. Fry lightly for 3-4 minutes until the onions start to soften. Add the minced beef and cook on a higher heat until the meat has browned.
  • Spoon the onions, garlic and minced beef into the slow cooker. Add the quinoa, stock, tomatoes and spices and stir well. Cook on low for approximately 3 hours until the quinoa is cooked and has absorbed all the liquid.
  • Stir in the black beans and corn and sprinkle the grated cheese on top. Put the lid back on the slow cooker and leave it for another 10 minutes until the cheese has melted before switching off the slow cooker.
  • Fill each lettuce leaf with two large spoonfuls of the chili quinoa and top with a small handful of chopped tomatoes, avocado and spring onions.
  • Serve immediately with salsa and sour cream (optional).


Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 694mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 4g