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Cheesy Vegetarian Quinoa Enchilada Bake in a white bowl topped with avocados.

Cheesy Vegetarian Quinoa Enchilada Bake


  • Author: Leannda
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 16 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

A melty, cheesy, comforting vegetarian meal with plenty of protein. Cheesy Vegetarian Quinoa Enchilada Bake is an easy all-in-one dinner.


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Ingredients

  • 5 cups quinoa cooked according to package instructions in vegetable or chicken broth (1 2/3 cups dried quinoa, 3 1/2 cups broth)
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers (I use green, red and orange), diced
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 8 oz can red enchilada sauce
  • 4 oz full fat cream cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups Mexican blend cheese
  • 2 cups cooked corn
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Optional: Serve with avocado and cilantro 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Warm a large pot over medium heat and add the olive oil. Once it shimmers, add the onions, peppers, and zucchini, and cook until soft (about 5 minutes). Stir in the garlic and continue to cook for another minute.
  3. Drain the tomatoes, setting aside the juice for later. Add the tomatoes to the mixture. Stir in the cumin, chili powder, and enchilada sauce.
  4. Cut the creamed cheese into cubes and stir into the mixture until well-mixed and creamy. Stir in 1 1/2 cup of the Mexican blend cheese, the corn and the black beans. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top.
  5. Cover with foil (or an oven-proof lid) and bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Uncover and continue to bake 10 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and serve with avocado and/or cilantro. Enjoy! 

Notes

  • If I want a little more heat (and I usually do) I’ll add a diced jalapeno or two when I add the bell peppers. Feel free to experiment with different peppers! 
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Tex Mex

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