Mexican Quinoa Casserole

[ 19 ] October 3, 2013 |

Mexican Quinoa Casserole

I love quinoa. Can you tell? This Mexican quinoa casserole is hard to beat.

Quinoa is arguably the best plant-based source of protein. It includes all nine essential amino acids in adequate quantities. So when you whip up this Mexican quinoa casserole, there’s no missing the meat over here.

Mexican Quinoa Casserole

 I was thrilled with the results of this dish when I made it last night for friends. They all raved about the flavor. I actually served it as an appetizer but it’s very filling and satisfying. It’s equally terrific served as a main dish for a nice vegetarian meal.

Mexican Quinoa Casserole

Rich spices, lots of veggies, plenty of quinoa, delicious black beans, and melted cheese. Can you taste it already? The black beans, corn, and cheese prove to be a perfect companion to quinoa in this casserole. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips, and watch it disappear.

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Mexican Quinoa Casserole
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Serves: 6
  • 1 cup quinoa, dry
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 3 any color bell peppers, diced
  • ½ jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups chopped plum tomato, seeded
  • 15 oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup plus 2 tbsp (for garnish) cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup plus ¼ cup (for garnish) green onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup ripe olives, sliced
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  1. Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve until water runs clear, drain and transfer to a medium pot. Add water and salt and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and simmer until water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside off the heat for 5 minutes; uncover and fluff with a fork.
  2. Add to a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F and set aside an 8” x 11” baking dish.
  4. Preheat large skillet on medium heat and add olive oil. Add garlic and cook for 20 seconds mixing often. Add corn, bell peppers, jalapeno pepper, cumin and chili powder. Sauté for 3 minutes. Add lime juice and tomatoes and sauté for another 3 minutes. Transfer to the quinoa mixture.
  5. To the quinoa mixture add black beans, ½ cup cilantro, ¼ cup green onions, and olives.
  6. Combine all the ingredients.
  7. Transfer the mixture to the baking dish, top with cheese and bake for 30 minutes, uncovered. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with remaining cilantro and green onions, and serve warm. Serve warm with tortilla chips

Mexican Quinoa Casserole

Marie Poulin
Marie Poulin is a passionate food blogger and professional personal chef who enjoys sharing her healthy, inventive, recipes. You can find her on social media and subscribe to her blog to receive instant blog updates and receive a free ebook, Tasty Quinoa Recipes!

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Category: Appetizers, Healthy Choices, Vegetarian

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  1. Elise says:

    Delicious!! I made the recipe and then put it in individual casserole dishes so I can eat it all week –perfect for a college student like me cooking for one. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Neva says:

    My first time making quinoa, my husband and I absolutely loved this! Thanks!

  3. Kristi says:

    What would you recommend for adding some meat? Ground turkey or lean ground beef would taste ok in it? How would you modify the cooking directions – or would you just add the cooked meat before baking?

  4. Mike says:

    What kind (color) of quinoa do you recommend using?

  5. Gloria says:

    This looks delicious but I will make a few changes. Soy cheese and less salt. Only because I try to stay away from dairy and my husband is on a salt free diet. Let you know real soon how it turns out. By the way I love quinoa.

  6. Chris says:

    Made for dinner. Family devoured it. Wii make again. Kids suggested shredded chicken

  7. Can you give a breakdown of
    the nutritional content?

  8. Kelly says:

    Thank you this was amazing :)
    I made a few additions just to add some extra flavour and people LOVED it.
    1) Added 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
    2) Threw a handful of cranberries & sultanas in for a little sweet surprise every now and then
    3) We found that if you replace the tortilla chips with Doritto’s sweet chilli pepper chips & put a little dollop of cream cheese on it followed with this amazing casserole it tastes even more amazing!!

    Thanks for the amazing work

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