Southwestern Quinoa and Black Bean Casserole

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And to believe that I utilized to not even like quinoa. What’s occurring to me, you men?

So this Mexican-type black bean casserole is life changingly remarkable, however initially, let’s capture up. Mom’s Day simply took place.

Did you have a remarkable one? I was far far from my mama and household, however something truly sweet took place: our young married next-door neighbors welcomed us out to lunch with them to commemorate Mom’s Day with their sweet 6 month old infant lady, Maggy. Despite the fact that he will not hold her, or any infant for that matter (dealing with that a person), Bjork states she’s the prettiest infant he’s ever seen in his whole life. And he has taste in children. She is seriously lovable.

People sitting around a table eating.

The cheeks. Ohhhh the infant cheeks. We were delighted that they welcomed us and a little anxious considering that this in 2015, we have actually invested the majority of our time fraternizing kids under ten years old. However they are so friendly, we had a fun time, and I was truthfully so touched that they revealed such hospitality to us.

Onion, garlic, and jalapeno in a skillet and bell peppers in a mixing bowl.

Now for a taste surge. Do you see all that goodness in the somewhat bent frying pan? That’s onion, garlic, and JALAPEÑO. Fact: I needed to capitalize that since I do not understand how to make a tilde on the n utilizing lower case letters. However it works since that hot green man includes capital D-ELICIOUS taste, right together with that aromatic garlic (♥) and sweet onion.

And after that those peppers that appear like they’re roasted? That’s more of a 5 minute technique that I do in some cases when I do not wish to sweat to my death in our hot apartment or condo. They simply get fake-out blistered a little bit by leaving them in the hot, dry frying pan without stirring. Not expensive, however still absolutely quite and yummy.

Quinoa and black bean casserole in a white bowl.

This entire quinoa black bean casserole thing is in fact a remake of an earlier post I did: Southwest Black Bean Casserole. By earlier, I indicate like 2 years back previously.

At that time I was most likely still calling quinoa kin-o-wa since I was unaware. Or since I didn’t like and I was being spiteful. Now I’m more unbiased, I call it keen-wa, and I in fact understand how to conceal it in my food to make myself enjoy it.

I generally changed the ground turkey in the older variation of this dish with the quinoa in this dish. It’s potentially the most I have actually ever enjoyed this odd healthy semi-crunchy things, although I likewise similarly enjoyed it in recently’s curry squash quinoa. I dry-toasted it (that’s expensive terms for “put it in a hot pan with absolutely nothing else”) with some spices and salt, and it was so scrumptious even simply plain. What? Plain. I stated it.

Quinoa and black bean casserole in a clear baking dish.

Then it gets layered in between the most scrumptious black bean garlic onion jalapeÑo mix similar to homemade refried beans, and a leading layer of blistered sweet bell peppers, and after that you bake it with my preferred component of the entire world recently: cheese. White, melty, ooey gooey cheese.

I didn’t trouble discovering Mexican cheese … it simply does not exist here. So I utilized some truly melty Mozzarella and my brand-new preferred, Emmental. Yum. Do they have Emmental cheese in America, and is it less expensive than it is the Philippines? I feel so out of touch.

Quinoa and black bean casserole in a clear baking dish.

PS. Chips chips chips chips chipschipschips.

PSS. TIP OF LIME. It’s type of hoax since I’m revealing you Bjork’s man-hand dipping a girly RiceWorks chip into this delicious mountain of Mexican black bean casserole goodness, however if you’re a Tip of Lime individual, you will not be dissatisfied with this combination. Or possibly you could purchase a few of those citrus-y and additional salted ones from Chipotle?

I believe I simply had a service concept.

Quinoa and black bean casserole on a white plate and on a tortilla chip.

I like this a lot that I have actually chosen it will be my television treat when I view the last ever episode of the Workplace. Which, by the method, I’m currently psychological about. I check out a post about Pam today (ok fine, Jenna Fischer) and I practically sobbed. That’s … my reality.

Sidetracking myself with chips now.

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Southwestern Quinoa and Black Bean Casserole

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This Southwestern quinoa and black bean casserole is a tasty and healthy method to take pleasure in Mexican home cooking!

Active Ingredients


  1. Black beans: Heat oil in a big frying pan over medium-high heat. Include the garlic, onion, and jalapeno, sauteing for 4 minutes and stirring periodically. Stir in broth and black beans. Bring mix to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Mash beans to preferred consistency. I like to make them a bit more like refried beans while still leaving a few of the beans whole. The mix must be thick, not watery. If you still have a great deal of wetness, let it prepare out by keeping it on the heat for another couple of minutes. Taste and season with salt.
  2. Quinoa: In a dry nonstick frying pan over medium high heat, toss and toast the prepared quinoa with the cayenne, chili powder, cumin, and salt for 1-2 minutes. Taste and season with salt. Reserve.
  3. Peppers: In the very same dry nonstick frying pan over medium high heat, position the diced peppers and do NOT stir. This permits the peppers to get a brown roasted search the exterior. Wait on 2-3 minutes prior to stirring, then let them “roast” for another couple of minutes prior to eliminating from the heat.
  4. Put Together: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spoon black bean mix into a glass baking meal covered with cooking spray. Leading with quinoa, bell peppers, and cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Get rid of foil and bake for another 10 minutes, or up until the leading layer of cheese was golden and bubbly. Sprinkle with green onions and let cool for a minimum of 10 minutes (otherwise it will be too runny). Serve with sour cream, tortilla chips, on tacos, on a salad, or simply consume it plain!


I utilized an 8 inch square baking meal and it was really complete. You might likewise spread this into a thinner casserole by utilizing a 9 × 13 baking meal.

Keywords: black bean casserole, quinoa and black bean casserole, vegetarian casserole, quinoa and black beans

This Southwestern quinoa and black bean casserole is a delicious and healthy way to enjoy Mexican comfort food! Just 240 calories per serving.

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