Cheesy Quinoa and Black Bean Casserole

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on July 28, 2016

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I’m always looking for delicious one-pot meals — the kind that I can just stick in the oven, not worry about, and know that it will turn out to be absolutely delicious.

That’s where this recipe comes in 🙂

A lightened-up, healthy quinoa bake that you can enjoy completely guilt-free. Reminiscent of enchiladas, slightly spicy and super satisfying, full of black beans, veggies, and cheesy goodness. And the leftovers (fresh or frozen/defrosted) taste even better!

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This was super kid-friendly – Layla could easily eat it up with a spoon, and she asked for seconds!

I like this twist on enchiladas because we’re using quinoa instead of tortillas – which makes this dish gluten-free as well. Also, by using quinoa we’re adding some extra protein and fiber, and you save on prep time because you don’t have to assemble individual enchiladas! Just throw everything into a pot, mix it up, and bake in your favorite casserole dish.

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The Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1.5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ancho chili powder
  • ½ tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels, frozen, canned or roasted
  • 2 15oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 yellow peppers, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1.5 cups mexican shredded cheese
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • green onions, sliced

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The Directions

Step 1: Cook quinoa according to package directions. Meanwhile saute onion, peppers, corn, cumin, salt, black beans and green chiles in a pan.

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Step 2: While that’s cooking, make the sauce: combine the tomato sauce, vegetable broth, chili powders (all 3 of them), garlic powder, onion powder, and dried oregano in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk to combine, then turn the heat down to low and let simmer 5 minutes.

Step 3: Mix quinoa, sauce and half of the cheese in the pan with the black bean / veggie mixture.

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Step 4: Transfer the mixture to a casserole dish, top with cheese, and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
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Step 5: Top with diced tomatoes and green onions.
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Eat and enjoy! I hope you love this recipe as much as we did – it’s perfect for a big crowd, or even for a small family dinner (just freeze the leftovers and reheat when you need a quick weeknight dinner!)
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Cheesy Quinoa and Black Bean Casserole

Makes 10 Servings. Nutritional Info Per Serving: 242 Calories, 7.1g Fat (3.7g Saturated), 460mg Salt, 34.3g Carbs, 7.5g Fiber, 2.1g Sugar, 12.2g Protein

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1.5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ancho chili powder
  • ½ tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels, frozen, canned or roasted
  • 2 15oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 yellow peppers, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1.5 cups Mexican shredded cheese
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • green onions, sliced

Directions

  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Meanwhile saute onion, peppers, corn, cumin, salt, black beans and green chiles in a pan.
  2. While that's cooking, make the sauce: combine the tomato sauce, vegetable broth, chili powders (all 3 of them), garlic powder, onion powder, and dried oregano in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk to combine, then turn the heat down to low and let simmer 5 minutes.
  3. Mix quinoa, sauce and half of the cheese in the pan with the black bean / veggie mixture.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a casserole dish, top with cheese, and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  5. Top with diced tomatoes and green onions.
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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Seema July 31, 2016 at 9:24 pm

Wow Healthy and tasty recipe Anjali, That’s what I am looking for now a days with some Indian taste. Hopefully I will get most of the ingredients in my area. Right now, I am trying to lose some weight and need some tasty recipes with full of carbohydrate, proteins, fat and fiber . And you know, for that I need to eat many things separately. Your casserole is like one stop solution for my needs, haha. What do you think, can I freeze it for 2-3 days and then can use it later?
Seema

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 1, 2016 at 8:53 am

Thanks Seema! This recipe will freeze great – you can freeze it for up to 3 months and it will still taste amazing and fresh when you defrost it. Hope that helps! Enjoy!

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Seema August 1, 2016 at 10:28 pm

3 months… that’s Great, Thanks 🙂

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 2, 2016 at 5:45 am

No prob!

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Chris Martin August 2, 2016 at 12:04 am

Looks so delicious! Thanks for the yummy and healthy organic recipe Anjali 🙂 I love eating nutritious and healthy recipes more 🙂 Keep up the good work 🙂

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 2, 2016 at 5:45 am

No problem Chris! I’m sure you’ll love this recipe!

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vaishali August 4, 2016 at 1:52 am

Love your collection of healthy recipes — all of them look great! Thanks for sharing!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 4, 2016 at 5:55 am

Thanks Vaishali! Hope you love this one in particular!

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