Quinoa soup with beef {Sopa de quinua con carne}

Quinoa soup with beef

My mom would add quinoa to a variety of different soups, the quinoa adds consistency and makes the soup more filling, in addition to being very good for you. As a kid I loved the way the quinoa almost pops when you eat it, it made the soups a little bit playful. There are a quite a few different ways to make quinoa soup, the more traditional Ecuadorian quinoa soup is made with milk and cheese and has a very creamy consistency. This is a lesser known soup that is made with beef, potatoes and peas. In this meaty version, the quinoa is cooked separately and added towards the end.

Recipe for cooking quinoa

Quinoa soup with beef

Quinoa soup with beef


  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 cup diced white onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp of ground achiote or annatto (or paprika)
  • 1 tsp of ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground white pepper
  • 1lb of beef, cut in medium sized chunks
  • 10 cups of water
  • 2 cups of fresh or frozen peas
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa or quinua (with onion, garlic and broth)
  • 4 medium sized Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 tbs finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tbs finely chopped cilantro
  • Salt to taste
  • Sides:
  • Avocado and aji hot sauce


  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in soup pot.
  2. Add the diced onions, minced garlic, diced tomatoes, achiote or paprika, cumin and white pepper, cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add the beef, mix until well coated with the sauce, cook for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the water, increase the heat to high and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to medium and cook until the meat is tender, about 40 minutes.
  6. Add the potatoes, peas and cooked quinoa, increase the heat and bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 25-30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  8. Add the chopped parsley, chopped cilantro and salt to taste.
  9. Serve with aji and avocado.

Quinoa soup or sopa de quinoa Quinoa soup with meat or sopa de quinua con carne

Quinoa and beef soup recipe


  1. Made this soup today and it was super delicious and so simple! I boiled the meat first by itself to skim off the impurities and leave a clear broth before adding the seasonings and then the yellow potatoes which are so great in soup! I served it with crumbled Feta and aji. Total hit, delicious!!! Thank you for this great recipe!

  2. I am so excited to try this! I’m having a baby in about a month and trying to stock the freezer with delicious foods. I almost hate to freeze it, but I’ll have to make some for before and after the baby comes. Sounds delicious and filling!

  3. This soup is FANTASTIC! My son doesn’t usually like quinoa but LOVES it in this soup….Making it now for probably the 5th time, muchiiiiiiiiisimas gracias :)

  4. This looks so tasty! Will have to make this soon

  5. Dear Layli,
    We always make this soup at home. We all love it! What a great recipe ;) xx

  6. Hi Laylita! I come from Quebec. I make this soup for our lunch today, my kids and me love it! Quinoa in soup especially with beef it’s tasty and beautiful, thank you for idea.

  7. mmmmmm it is a cool day here in okinawa. had everything except beef. used leftover garlicky roast chicken and potatoes with spinach and mushrooms. since everything was leftovers made it into one huge serving of soup for me!!!!!! but then shared with my son…..sigh :-) we loved it. can’t wait to make it again and again

  8. I made this recipe yesterday and I had so much that I gave some to relatives (my husband’s family) and they are Bolivian-American. Some of the relatives had recently come to visit here in MD…anyway…they all reported to my husband that they LOVED this recipe. I added some veggies to it (carrotts, celery and red pepper) because I am trying to get the hubby to eat them.

    Thanks sooo much. I will definitley add this to my cooking repretoir.

  9. This looks so good I’m going to serve it as a special at the restaurant where I work tonight. Muchas gracias.

  10. What beautiful food. My family and I thank you for this wonderful recipe. The aji is delicious too, we made ours with four serranos.

  11. que riiicoooo

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