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Mexican couscous recipe

Mexican Vegetable couscous is a tasty and healthy fusion recipe made by combining Mexican ingredients with couscous from the Maghreb region. A simple vegan dish that can be served in the main course as well as a side dish.
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Mexican
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 5 main course servings
Calories 497kcal


  • 2 cups instant couscous
  • 3 cups vegetable stock/ water
  • 1.5 cups boiled/ canned kidney beans
  • 1.5 cups boiled/ canned black beans
  • 1.5 cup frozen sweet corn kernels
  • 3 large cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 medium-sized red onion finely chopped
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 medium-sized bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 1 avocado chopped
  • 1/2 cup parsley/ cilantro roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped jalapeno fresh/ pickled
  • Juice of 1 lemon adjust as per taste
  • 1.5 teaspoon red chili flakes adjust as per taste
  • Ground black pepper as per taste
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil


  • Boil vegetable stock/ water with some salt in a pot.
  • Put couscous in a large bowl. Pour boiling water/ stock on couscous and cover the bowl with a lid. Let it stay like that for at least 5 minutes. After that remove the lid and fluff the couscous with a fork. Keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add minced garlic and onion. Saute until the onion turns translucent.
  • Add broccoli florets and saute for around 3-4 minutes.
  • Add corn kernels and saute for another 5 minutes.
  • Once the corn is cooked add bell pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Next, add tomatoes, chili flakes, salt, and pepper. Mix and cook until tomatoes turn soft.
  • Add kidney beans and black beans. Saute for a few minutes.
  • Add couscous. Mix everything and switch off the gas.
  • Finally, add parsley, lemon juice, avocado, and jalapeno. Mix everything. Enjoy!


  1. Use quinoa or boiled rice if you don't have couscous.
  2. This dish can be served in the main course as well as a side dish. If serving in the main course, it will be sufficient for around 5 people. If serving as a side dish it can be served to around 10 people.
  3. Feel free to use any vegetable that's available to you.


Calories: 497kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 745mg | Potassium: 962mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1494IU | Vitamin C: 74mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 4mg