Cheesy Mexican Quinoa Black Bean Casserole

Cheesy Mexican Quinoa and Black Bean Casserole - This easy casserole recipe is vegetarian, SATISFYING, and healthy! It can be made in 1 pan in no time, too! 343 calories per bowl

This post is sponsored by College Inn

Well, here goes: Daniel and I are out of control with Mexican food.

 

 

I think it started over the holidays, when we got into a habit of getting burrito bowls all the time, but somehow, it’s still with us. Usually a kick like this would just pass. We’d get tired of the same flavors: cumin, chili powder…We don’t, though. Just when we think we’re making something “new” for dinner (read: NOT burrito bowls), we find ourselves three bites into our tacos, nachoslooking at each other, “We’re hopeless, huh?”

Cheesy Mexican Quinoa and Black Bean Casserole - This easy casserole recipe is vegetarian, SATISFYING, and healthy! It can be made in 1 pan in no time, too! 343 calories per bowl

So we’re owning it.

To keep it healthy and add in a little more variety (addiction justification #4956), I’m switching up the wholesome ingredients, like using quinoa in place of brown rice, or pinto beans for black beans.

Cheesy Mexican Quinoa and Black Bean Casserole - This easy casserole recipe is vegetarian, SATISFYING, and healthy! It can be made in 1 pan in no time, too! 343 calories per bowl

This quick casserole is our latest favorite. First of all, it’s like a giant burrito bowl, with quinoa, black beans, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and cheese! Second of all, casseroles are not only pure comfort, but they’re kind of the gift that keeps on giving: leftovers!

Now, as healthy as quinoa is, it’s a little bland on its own. To boost the flavor here, I sauté a whole lotta garlic and onion in olive oil, add the quinoa to the pan to toast it until it’s golden and nutty, then add College Inn Fat Free and Lower Sodium Chicken Broth, a can of diced tomatoes with green chiles, herbs, and spices, and simmer until the quinoa has absorbed all of that rich, savory flavor. This liquid mixture does wonders for the flavor, but even when you’re just cooking quinoa as a simple side dish, I’d recommend cooking it in broth—either vegetable broth or chicken broth. This is something I always do, and the reason I always keep a few boxes of College Inn broth in my pantry, because their broth adds a richness that I can’t get with water alone (and for only 5 calories per cup!).

Cheesy Mexican Quinoa and Black Bean Casserole - This easy casserole recipe is vegetarian, SATISFYING, and healthy! It can be made in 1 pan in no time, too! 343 calories per bowl

Make this delicious Mexican quinoa and black bean casserole as soon as you can, friends! Enjoy!

Cheesy Mexican Quinoa Black Bean Casserole

Makes: 6 Servings

Calories per serving: 343

Fat per serving: 11g

Cheesy Mexican Quinoa Black Bean Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup chopped red onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ½ cups uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • pinch cayenne
  • 10-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles, undrained** (like Rotel)
  • 3 cups College Inn Fat Free and Lower Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (4 ounces)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large oven-proof skillet (or a nonstick skillet, which will require you to use an 8-inch baking dish later for baking), heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the quinoa and stir constantly, until toasted, about 2 minutes. Add the cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt, and cayenne, and cook, stirring constantly to coat the quinoa, onions, and garlic, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the diced tomatoes and broth, stir, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat slightly and simmer until the quinoa has absorbed almost all of the liquid, 15 minutes. Stir in the black beans, cilantro, and ½ cup of the cheese. Smooth the top and sprinkle it with the remaining ½ cup cheese. Transfer the skillet the oven (alternatively, transfer the mixture to an 8-inch baking dish) and bake until the cheese has melted, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve in bowls with toppings of your choice, like sour cream, fresh cilantro, and avocado.

Nutrition Information & Notes:

Nutrition Information for 1 Serving (1/6th of Entire Recipe): Calories 343, Fat 11g, Sat Fat 4g, Carb 49g, Fiber 7g, Sugars 5g, Protein 16g

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8 thoughts on “Cheesy Mexican Quinoa Black Bean Casserole

  1. Lauren @ Jesus and a Side of PB

    This looks yummy! Andie, I just finished your book and I am totally riding the high of your story. You are so inspiring and I can’t wait to reread it! Thank you for sharing your struggles and story, you can’t imagine how much I needed to read it in this season <3

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  2. Lindsey

    This was really good! Even my quinoa-hatin’ spouse ate this up. I think the cheese helped, haha! Topped my leftovers with half an avocado for dinner.

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