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Fiesta Quinoa Casserole

This Fiesta Quinoa Casserole is a family favorite that will have your pickiest of eaters asking for seconds. A great kid-friendly quinoa recipe that is a perfect introduction to quinoa for kids!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Gluten Free, Healthy, Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 42 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 2 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 361kcal
Author Wendy Polisi


  • Olive oil spray
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 poblano chile pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 2 cups frozen corn thawed
  • 3 tablespoons butter OR olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons whole wheat OR gluten free flour
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
  • – ¼ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk OR milk of choice
  • 8 ounces Monterey Jack Cheese OR Daiya Pepper Jack shreds
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 ½ cups black beans about 1 can
  • For serving: Pico De Gallo Salsa, Avocado, Sour Cream


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a large baking pan with olive oil.
  • Spray a large skilled with olive oil and heat to medium. Add onion, poblano pepper and red pepper and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until tender. Add corn and cook for 4 more minutes.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter or heat olive oil in a medium saucepan. Add flour, chili powder, paprika, cumin, chipotle chili powder and salt. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add in milk and cook, stirring often, until thick. Add cheese and cook until melted.
  • Place quinoa and black beans in a large bowl. Add vegetable mixture and toss. Add cheese mixture and stir until well combined. Transfer to prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for 30 minutes. Serve with pico de gallo, salsa, avocado or sour cream if desired.


WW Pts 9
May be make ahead and frozen prior to baking. Allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before baking.


Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 561mg | Potassium: 470mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1000IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 308mg | Iron: 2.7mg