Mexican Casserole with Quinoa


Welcome to a delightful blend of health and flavor with Fiesta Feast: Mexican Casserole with Quinoa. This dish is a hearty, nutritious twist on traditional Mexican cuisine, combining the nutty taste of quinoa with a medley of vibrant veggies, beans, and cheeses. It's a perfect family meal that's not only satisfying and delicious but also packed with protein and fiber. Whether you're looking for a wholesome weeknight dinner or a festive dish to share, this casserole is sure to impress.

Mexican Casserole with Quinoa

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 1 portion (approximately 250g)

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 320 kcal
  • Protein: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg
  • Sodium: 400mg
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Sugar: 5g


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (e.g., cheddar or Monterey Jack)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro and avocado slices (for garnish)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. In a saucepan, bring vegetable broth to a boil. Add quinoa, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes until liquid is absorbed.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
  3. In a skillet, sauté onions, bell peppers, and garlic until soft. Add corn, black beans, cumin, chili powder, and diced tomatoes. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, mix cooked quinoa with the vegetable mixture. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and golden.
  7. Garnish with fresh cilantro and avocado slices before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Ensure the quinoa is thoroughly rinsed to remove any bitterness.
  • Customize with your favorite veggies or add ground meat for extra protein.
  • For a spicy kick, include chopped jalapeños or a dash of hot sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this casserole vegan?

Yes, use vegan cheese or omit the cheese altogether.

How do I store leftovers?

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Can I freeze this casserole?

Yes, it freezes well for up to 2 months.