dirty quinoa

This Dirty Quinoa recipe is a twist on Dirty Rice.

This Dirty Quinoa with venison recipe provides a high level of quality protein and its packed with nutrition too. When I first discovered quinoa, I wondered what the hype was all about.  Now that I have tried it many ways, I personally LOVE it, but not everyone does!  Unlike most people, I can eat it plain or with light coconut oil. Most people, on the other hand, want something else to spice it up.  This recipe is a slick way to add some zest and FUN to a popular side dish staple.


  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 pound ground venison
  • Small onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon blackened seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil


  • First, bring chicken broth and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and broth has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Next, mix venison, onion, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, egg, garlic, paprika, cumin, sea salt, blackened seasoning, and cayenne pepper together in a large bowl.
  • Finally, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir venison mixture until browned, about 15 minutes. Add quinoa; cook and stir until heated through, about 2 minutes.