Cheesy Quinoa & Black Bean Casserole

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Who says all casseroles need rice?

Who says all casseroles need rice? By swapping rice with quinoa, we’ve given this recipe a major nutritional boost without sacrificing the nutty rice texture your taste buds love. This Cheesy Quinoa and Black Bean Casserole dish will satisfy the whole household!

The savory dish packs a double-punch of creamy and cheesy, thanks to the cheddar and non-fat sour cream. Satisfying and healthy, the meatless casserole calls for 100% clean ingredients like black beans, cilantro, salsa, and savory spices like paprika and chili powder. Simply toss ingredients together, top with cheese, and pop in the oven for a warm, bubbly meal your family will love.

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Cheesy Quinoa & Black Bean Casserole

This casserole has both flavorful and nutritious ingredients that will satisfy even the picky eaters.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 8 people
Serving Size
Course Dinner
Cuisine Universal
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 1 cup quinoa pre-rinsed
  • 15 ounces black beans can, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa no sugar added
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese reduced-fat, shredded
  • 1/2 cup cilantro for serving
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt optional sour cream


  • Add quinoa to 1 cup water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover.
  • Cook for 12-15 minutes, or until most of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Toss quinoa with beans, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Spread 1/2 across the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch casserole pan. Top with an even layer of salsa, then a layer of cheddar. Repeat layering, ending with cheese on top.
  • Loosely cover with foil and bake for 25-30 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.
  • Serve with cilantro and sour cream or Greek yogurt for topping.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 616mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 7
Keywords Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

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