Comfort food casserole, meet quinoa

Jan 23, 2014 at 10:31 a.m. ET

This healthy casserole will help keep you in line with your New Year's goals. The good news is that it packs a ton of flavor and is full of healthy ingredients.

Southwestern quinoa and mixed bean casserole

Normally, I do not make a lot of quinoa at my house. It's usually only made if I happen to need it in a recipe. However, since I have made this dish, I have been craving quinoa. This dish is packed with flavor and works as a meatless main course or a side dish. If you are looking to add more protein, add grilled cheese or a fried egg.

Southwestern quinoa and mixed bean casserole recipe

Serves 4-6


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced orange bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup pinto beans
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1 (10 ounce) can Ro-Tel tomatoes
  • 2 cups tricolored quinoa, cooked
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Vegetable stock (as needed)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • Cilantro, for garnish

Southwestern quinoa and mixed bean casserole


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9 x 9-inch pan with nonstick spray, set aside.
  2. Add a large skillet over medium heat and add oil. Once the oil is warmed add in onion, bell peppers and garlic. Saute until slightly soft.
  3. Add in tomatoes, quinoa, chili powder and cumin. Cook down for a bit until the mixture is damp but not too dry. If it dries out simply add a bit of vegetable stock.
  4. Add quinoa to prepared pan and top with cheese.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and lightly browned.
  6. Before serving top with diced avocado and chopped cilantro.


If you need to use the vegetable stock simply use a little and store in the fridge. If you would rather not use vegetable stock you can also use water.

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