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Mexican Quinoa Bake

Mexican Quinoa Bake

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mexican


This Mexican quinoa bake is an easy gluten free, vegetarian dinner recipe! Loaded with vegetables, beans, and quinoa, this is a recipe that will keep you full!


Units Scale
  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup tomato salsa (any type)
  • 1 15oz can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup sweet corn (frozen or canned)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro
  • Optional toppings: Avocado, sour cream, additional salsa, hot sauce, etc.


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Rinse the quinoa and then add it to a pot with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Let it simmer for 10-12 minutes or until the water is absorbed.
  3. While the quinoa is cooking, add the olive oil to a large skillet and cook the peppers and onions over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Once the quinoa is cooked, transfer to a large bowl and stir in the salsa, black beans, corn, peppers, onions, garlic, cumin, and cayenne pepper.
  5. Add to a medium-sized casserole dish and sprinkle the cheese on top.
  6. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
  7. Remove the foil and continue to bake for 5 minutes.
  8. Top with your favorite toppings!


This recipe was updated in August 2021.

Keywords: Quinoa Bake