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Mexican Quinoa Enchilada Bake

Mexican quinoa enchilada bake packed full of veggies and flavor.

Perfect healthy dinner to feed a crowd!

This Mexican quinoa enchilada bake is packed full of veggies and flavor. Cheesy lightened up comfort food. You'll love this recipe! #meatless #quinoa #quinoaenchilada #mexican #casserole #vegetarian #dinner
I used to be one of those people that didn’t want to hop on the quinoa wagon.

It was one of the latest superfoods that everyone was raving about, but I just didn’t get it.

This Mexican quinoa enchilada bake is packed full of veggies and flavor. Cheesy lightened up comfort food. You'll love this recipe! #meatless #quinoa #quinoaenchilada #mexican #casserole #vegetarian #dinner

Well, after I made the I understood the obsession, I was hooked!

 Not only was it good for you but it actually tasted really good!

This Mexican quinoa enchilada bake is packed full of veggies and flavor. Cheesy lightened up comfort food. You'll love this recipe! #meatless #quinoa #quinoaenchilada #mexican #casserole #vegetarian #dinner

Quinoa is great for absorbing the flavors of whatever dish you are making.

It’s basically a healthier rice. I use it exactly the same as I would rice, making this recipe sort of similar to my vegetarian mexican rice casserole.

This Mexican quinoa enchilada bake is packed full of veggies and flavor. Cheesy lightened up comfort food. You'll love this recipe! #meatless #quinoa #quinoaenchilada #mexican #casserole #vegetarian #dinner
I absolutely love Mexican food so I couldn’t wait to experiment with a quinoa casserole!

Mexican food is a great and easy way to get protein as a vegetarian (quinoa + beans = tons of protein.)

This Mexican quinoa enchilada bake is packed full of veggies and flavor. Cheesy lightened up comfort food. You'll love this recipe! #meatless #quinoa #quinoaenchilada #mexican #casserole #vegetarian #dinner
This casserole makes a ton and usually lasts us at least 3-4 meals worth for my husband and I.

If you don’t like any spiciness at all, you can leave out the jalapeno pepper, but I like the little bit of zip that it adds.

This Mexican quinoa enchilada bake is packed full of veggies and flavor. Cheesy lightened up comfort food. You'll love this recipe! #meatless #quinoa #quinoaenchilada #mexican #casserole #vegetarian #dinner
I use lots of fresh garlic and onion for flavor (as usual.)

Fresh squeezed lime juice inside the casserole really accentuates all of the other flavors.

Robbie was actually the one to get me hooked on using fresh lime juice any time we made tacos, fajitas, nachos, etc.

He totally ruined me on it and now I have to have fresh lime every time! The flavor difference is incredible.

This Mexican quinoa enchilada bake is packed full of veggies and flavor. Cheesy lightened up comfort food. You'll love this recipe! #meatless #quinoa #quinoaenchilada #mexican #casserole #vegetarian #dinner

Serve this topped with sour cream and tortilla chips on the side for the perfect easy dinner.

If you love mexican recipes, here are some more of my favorites:

This Mexican quinoa enchilada bake is packed full of veggies and flavor. Cheesy lightened up comfort food. You'll love this recipe! #meatless #quinoa #quinoaenchilada #mexican #casserole #vegetarian #dinner

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This Mexican quinoa enchilada bake is packed full of veggies and flavor. Cheesy lightened up comfort food. You'll love this recipe! #meatless #quinoa #quinoaenchilada #mexican #casserole #vegetarian #dinner

Quinoa Enchilada Bake Recipe:

Yield: 8 servings

Mexican Quinoa Enchilada Bake

This Mexican quinoa enchilada bake is packed full of veggies and flavor. Cheesy lightened up comfort food. You'll love this recipe! #meatless #quinoa #quinoaenchilada #mexican #casserole #vegetarian #dinner

Easy and healthy mexican quinoa enchilada bake recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/4 cups uncooked quinoa
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 6 large cloves of garlic, diced or finely minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and finely diced
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), diced
  • 1 (10 oz) bag of frozen corn
  • 16 oz of enchilada sauce
  • 2 cans of black beans, drained
  • 3 cups of shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Juice of 1 large lime, plus more for serving
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • Sour cream, for serving
  • Tortilla chips, for serving

Instructions

  1. Rinse quinoa and cook according to package instructions, set aside
  2. Remove seeds from jalapeno and dice finely
  3. Dice garlic, onion, and bell pepper
  4. Combine both peppers, garlic, onion, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt and pepper in a skillet
  5. Sautee on medium high heat, stirring often, for 8-10 minutes, or until peppers start to soften
  6. Add frozen corn to skillet and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes
  7. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, skillet mixture, juice of 1 large lime, black beans (drained), enchilada sauce, 1 1/2 cups of cheese, cumin, cayenne, chili powder, and smoked paprika
  8. Stir well and add additional salt and pepper to taste, if necessary (I did not add any)
  9. Transfer mixture to a 9 X 13 baking dish
  10. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes
  11. Take casserole out of oven and add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of cheese on top
  12. Bake an additional 10 minutes, or until cheese is is bubbly
  13. Serve with optional fresh lime juice, tortilla chips, and sour cream
  14. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 318Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 744mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 7gSugar: 11gProtein: 17g

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Terri

Tuesday 6th of October 2020

Can I freeze the leftovers ?

Sara K

Wednesday 19th of February 2020

Hi! Just made this tonight. So good! I’ve made a few quinoa enchilada bakes, but this one is particularly good. I think it’s the lime, great addition! This was the first recipe I’ve tried from your blog, but won’t be the last.

Joy Shull

Saturday 22nd of February 2020

So glad you enjoyed the recipe Sara!

Chrys

Saturday 4th of August 2018

Is there any calorie/carb/nutritional count for this recipe?

Joy Shull

Monday 6th of August 2018

I do not provide nutritional information for my recipes due to the fact that most people use different brands or substitute ingredients. You can calculate it yourself using an online calculator!

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