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Quinoa Enchilada Casserole - A lightened-up, healthy enchilada bake that you can enjoy guilt-free, chockfull of quinoa, black beans and cheesy goodness!

A lightened-up, healthy enchilada bake that you can enjoy guilt-free, chockfull of quinoa, black beans and cheesy goodness. And the leftovers taste even better!

Quinoa Enchilada Casserole - A lightened-up, healthy enchilada bake that you can enjoy guilt-free, chockfull of quinoa, black beans and cheesy goodness!

I think it’s safe to say that I have somewhat of a love affair with Mexican food. Whether it’s fish tacos, cheesy enchiladas or a giant burrito the size of my forearm, I could honestly live off of all of these for the rest of my life.

So when Old El Paso asked me to be their brand ambassador for the next year, well, how could I say no? It just gives me an excuse to make even more of my favorite Mexican-inspired dishes to share with you all! And to start things off, I just had to share my favorite Mexican comfort food lightened-up.

Quinoa Enchilada Casserole - A lightened-up, healthy enchilada bake that you can enjoy guilt-free, chockfull of quinoa, black beans and cheesy goodness!

Now this is a super easy enchilada bake with quinoa instead of tortilla. By using quinoa, we’re adding in some fun healthy goodies, like protein and fiber, and there’s absolutely no rolling or wrapping of any kind. You can simply throw everything into a bowl, mix it up, and bake it from there. Yes, it doesn’t get easier than that!

After you let this bake through, you’ll have the most amazing cheesy enchilada bake! It’s so good, you’ll never want to have traditional enchiladas ever again!

Quinoa Enchilada Casserole - A lightened-up, healthy enchilada bake that you can enjoy guilt-free, chockfull of quinoa, black beans and cheesy goodness!

Tools For This Recipe

Saucepan

9 x 13 baking dish

Quinoa Enchilada Casserole: Frequently Asked Questions

What if I already have leftover quinoa? How much should I use?

You can use about 2 cups cooked quinoa.

Can I make my own enchilada sauce?

Absolutely! This is our favorite recipe for homemade enchilada sauce.

Can I sneak in some vegetables to this for my picky eaters?

Mushrooms, spinach, zucchini, and/or carrots would be great additions.

Can I add meat to this?

Ground taco meat and/or leftover rotisserie chicken can get mixed in with your quinoa-enchilada-sauce mixture.

Is this freezer-friendly?

Yes! You can freeze the leftovers in individual freezer bags, thaw overnight, and reheat in the oven until completely warmed through.

How can I make this vegan?

You can substitute vegan cheeses for the cheddar and mozzarella cheeses to make this a vegan quinoa enchilada casserole.

Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

A lightened-up, healthy enchilada bake that you can enjoy guilt-free, chockfull of quinoa, black beans and cheesy goodness!
5 stars (79 ratings)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 (10-ounce) can red enchilada sauce
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles, drained
  • ½ cup corn kernels, frozen, canned or roasted
  • ½ cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan of 2 cups water, cook quinoa according to package instructions; set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine quinoa, enchilada sauce, green chiles, corn, black beans, cilantro, cumin and chili powder; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.
  • Spread quinoa mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top with remaining cheeses. Place into oven and bake until bubbly and cheeses have melted, about 15 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with avocado and tomato, if desired.

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Old El Paso. All opinions expressed are my own.