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Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Bake

Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Bake-a healthy and delicious meal that will become a staple at your house!

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I am finally starting to feel like a normal human being. I made some major progress this week. I got out of bed, worked out, left the house a few times, and even did some cooking! I made a Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Bake because I was craving Mexican food and it really hit the spot. It is one of the best recipes I’ve created in a long time and I don’t think it is because of my pregnancy cravings. Josh and Caleb loved it and I think you will love it too!

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I was nervous about cooking with onion, garlic, and peppers since the smells are intense. Luckily, Josh came to my rescue and chopped all of the ingredients for me! What a guy! And he wore his ski goggles so he wouldn’t cry why chopping the onion.

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I sautéed the onion, garlic, peppers, and jalapeño. Yay for bright colors!

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I also added in corn, cilantro, fresh lime juice, cumin, and chili powder. This dish is packed with flavor!

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In a large bowl, I stirred together cooked quinoa, black beans, enchilada sauce, and my colorful vegetable mixture! Dinner was already looking good! I added some cheese to the party and baked until bubbly!

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I can’t even describe how good this Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Bake is. It is going on my list of all-time favorite meals. Really, what’s not to love? It has all of my favorite ingredients in one pan! It is the perfect meal!

Josh and Caleb ate their enchilada bake with tortilla chips. They used their chips to scoop up the cheesy quinoa and black bean goodness! I topped my portion with avocado slices! It is good however you want to eat it!

Promise me you will make my Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Bake! It is my new favorite recipe! I know it is going to be a regular at our dinner table!

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Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Bake

Yield: Serves 8-10

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

This Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Bake is SO good! Promise me you will make it. It is one of our favorite meals! I guarantee it will be a regular at your house!


1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
2 cups water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeño, seeds and ribs removed,diced
1 red pepper, seeds removed, diced
1 orange pepper, seeds removed, diced
1 cup corn frozen kernels
Juice of 1 small lime
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 (15 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups red enchilada sauce
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese
Toppings: Sliced green onions, avocado slices, sour cream, optional


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

2. Add quinoa and water to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Cover quinoa and set aside.

3. In a large skillet, heat the tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, and jalapeño. Sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add in the peppers and corn. Cook for about 3-4 minutes. Add the lime juice, cumin, chili powder, and cilantro. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

4. In a large bowl, add the cooked quinoa and black beans. Add the sautéed vegetable mixture and stir to combine. Pour in the enchilada sauce and stir. Add 1/2 cup shredded cheese.

5.Pour the black bean and quinoa mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top with remaining shredded cheese. Cover the pan with foil. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove foil. Bake an additional 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and edges are bubbling. Remove from the oven, and let cool for 10 minutes. Garnish with toppings, if desired. Serve warm.

Note-this recipe freezes well! If you need the recipe to be gluten-free make sure you use a gluten-free enchilada sauce.

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419 Responses to “Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Bake”

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  1. Erica — January 20, 2014 @ 6:29 am

    Yayyy for feeling better!!! I can just picture Josh chopping away in the ski mask haha. The bake looks amazing!

  2. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — January 20, 2014 @ 6:34 am

    So happy you are feeling like a normal person! And, what a nice hubby to do all the chopping for you,…the sweetest! This looks to die for! The quinoa, the melty cheese, the zestiness….yum!

  3. So glad you are feeling better!!!

    Yum! You enchilada bake looks out of this world! Love everything about it, it’s just beautiful!!!

  4. Nicole, RD — January 20, 2014 @ 6:56 am

    I love the colors in this! Glad you’re feeling better and…congrats on the big news! That is so exciting! :)

  5. wow!!!!! this looks so so good! will make this soon for sure :)

  6. Jennifer — January 20, 2014 @ 7:30 am

    You bet I will try this recipe – Thank you!!!!! Looks delicious!! :)

  7. Liz — January 20, 2014 @ 7:59 am

    So glad you are feeling better. Thanks for the nice recipe and have a Happy Monday.

  8. Ciao Annie — January 20, 2014 @ 8:34 am

    Can’t wait to try this… I make something similar, but love the thought of adding the enchilada sauce! Thanks for sharing :)

  9. Jenny Flake — January 20, 2014 @ 8:35 am

    Oooo, we love a good Mexican bake. Happy Monday to you! xoxo

  10. Christine @ 24 Carrot Kitchen — January 20, 2014 @ 8:42 am

    This recipe looks delicious and it is exactly the type I have been looking for. I am still getting used to quinoa and this makes it easy!

  11. Ali @ Inspiralized — January 20, 2014 @ 8:46 am

    This looks incredible! I love anything with quinoa.

  12. Sarah D. — January 20, 2014 @ 8:50 am

    This dish looks great – thanks! You need to get Josh a pair of onion goggles. I love mine!

  13. Nicole Smith — January 20, 2014 @ 8:57 am

    Lovely! A quick and easy quinoa-based dinner is a winner in my book! Any ideas on how to make this without cheese (dairy allergy and fake cheese is gross to me)? This dish looks very yummy, but I wasn’t sure if it would get dried out without the layer of cheese. I love the avocado idea, but only one other member of the family likes avocado, so I can’t use that as a sub. Help! This would make a perfect dinner otherwise. Plus, I have to find more ways to get my father-in-law (who wants to like quinoa but is having a hard time doing so) to like quinoa and more fun and healthy dinner ideas for my mother-in-law to make now that they are retired and focusing more on health!

    • Two Peas replied: — January 20th, 2014 @ 9:10 am

      You can leave out the cheese and it will still have plenty of flavor. I would only bake it until it is heated through…so it doesn’t dry out. Maybe about 10 minutes or so?

  14. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 20, 2014 @ 8:58 am

    Mmm this sounds like such a healthy dinner! Yum!

  15. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — January 20, 2014 @ 9:19 am

    I’m so glad you’re finding foods that taste good again!! I remember all I wanted was carbs and cheese for so long!! This looks like the perfect healthy balance.

  16. Julie @ Table for Two — January 20, 2014 @ 9:22 am

    Oh my gosh, this bake looks SO good!! I need to make this soon!!

  17. Tieghan — January 20, 2014 @ 9:22 am

    This look delicious! I love a good mexi quinoa bake!

  18. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — January 20, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    Quinoa is on my menu for this week. Love your southwest version.

  19. Liz @ Virtually Homemade — January 20, 2014 @ 10:49 am

    What a beautiful casserole. Glad you are feeling better :)

  20. Tracy — January 20, 2014 @ 10:50 am

    So happy to hear you are feeling a little better! I have tried quinoa 2x and not been happy with the “mouth feel”. This looks yummy so I will give it a go-want so much to integrate quinoa into our recipe world- maybe 3rd times a charm!

  21. HeatherChristo — January 20, 2014 @ 11:20 am

    So happy that you are feeling better Maria!! This looks so good- serious comfort food!

  22. missy — January 20, 2014 @ 11:25 am

    That is definitely going to be a staple here! So glad you’re feeling a bit better.

  23. Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits — January 20, 2014 @ 11:44 am

    Yum! It looks delicious!

  24. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — January 20, 2014 @ 12:55 pm

    Love a good Mexican bake! This sounds perfect!

  25. Going on our menu for this week! Yum!

  26. Paula — January 20, 2014 @ 2:59 pm

    Looks tasty! I’m happy you are feeling better. Hopefully you are over the worst of it.

  27. Sadye — January 20, 2014 @ 4:57 pm

    Hm, good idea about the ski goggles! I’ve also found that wearing contact lenses helps (as opposed to wearing glasses, for those of us who need vision correction).

  28. Sommer @ASpicyPerspective — January 20, 2014 @ 6:07 pm

    This looks so good! I love the colors of this dish! So glad you are feeling better!

  29. Rachael — January 20, 2014 @ 7:29 pm

    Made this tonight, but added ground beef, and it’s amazing!!

  30. Tracy | Pale Yellow — January 20, 2014 @ 8:24 pm

    What a great dinner! I love all the cheese and beans!

  31. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — January 20, 2014 @ 8:37 pm

    Glad to hear you are feeling a little better! Can’t wait to dig into this enchilada bake, it looks like the perfect weeknight meal!

  32. DessertForTwo — January 20, 2014 @ 9:14 pm

    Next time, I’d love a photo of y’all in the kitchen together donning ski goggles 😉

    If we lived closer, I’d love to cook for you so you wouldn’t have to smell anything! Feel better soon, pretty Mama! :)

  33. Edie S — January 20, 2014 @ 9:47 pm

    This looks so yummy! Have you ever tried it with a green enchilada sauce? It’s my favorite, so I was just wondering….

  34. Paula — January 20, 2014 @ 11:02 pm

    Hi! This looks delicious. I was wondering what red enchilada sauce is? I suppose it’s just in the Mexican section of the grocery store? I’ve never seen it, though I’ve never looked for it before. Is there something else I could substitute, such as tomato sauce or salsa?

  35. Lisa — January 20, 2014 @ 11:13 pm

    That really does look yummy, and I have most of the ingredients already on hand, going to try this one soon for sure!

  36. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — January 21, 2014 @ 12:26 am

    This looks so good! I’m obsessed with Mexican food so I am always looking for new ideas like this!

  37. Rachel Cope — January 21, 2014 @ 1:55 am

    This looked great till it was smothered in cheese!

  38. marla — January 21, 2014 @ 7:34 am

    Such a great recipe & I love that there can be plenty of leftovers!

  39. Maria,
    Congratulations! I just now saw your post about baby #2! I am so happy for you guys. Oh, and this looks super yummy! I will probably make it soon with homemade vegan cheese. :)

  40. ashley - baker by nature — January 21, 2014 @ 11:17 am

    Ooooh Maria, thus looks sooooo yummy! I want it for dinner tonight!

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