One-Pot Southwestern Quinoa Bake

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A superfood one dish meal!

You’ve heard of one pot meals. This is a one casserole dish meal! Throw all of your ingredients into a large casserole dish, put it in the oven, and not only have you cut way down on your prep time, and your clean-up time, but now you’ve got a meal to feed an entire family, or leftovers for days! Skinny Ms. has thrown several nutritious, superfood ingredients into one dish, and we’ve baked up a healthy casserole rich in Mexican flavors that will please everyone from toddlers to adults.

The base of this dish is quinoa, a superfood for good reason. It’s a seed that mimics a grain, but retains the high fiber and protein of a seed, while delivering numerous vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Add black beans to the mix for a perfect chain of amino acids that provides you with protein and fiber that, when combined with quinoa, make for a meal that will keep you feeling full, satisfied, and energized.

Add that delicious Mexican flavor with salsa, cumin, and chili powder. Top your casserole with shredded cheese, but make sure to select the reduced fat variety. Your casserole will come out of the oven rich, hearty, and flavorful, and utterly guilt-free.

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One-Pot Southwestern Quinoa Bake

With flavorful Mexican spices, this casserole is a great family meal.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Yield 10 people
Serving Size 1 cup
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Tex-Mex
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 1/2 cup quinoa dry, pre-rinsed
  • 30 ounces black beans cans, drained
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa no sugar added
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese shredded, reduced-fat


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • At quinoa in a pot with 1 cup water. Bring to a boil then reduce to a low-boil. Cook for 15 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Add to a 9 x 13-inch casserole pan the first 6 ingredients, stir to combine. Add salsa, water, and 3/4 cup cheese, stir until all ingredients are combined.
  • Sprinkle the remaining 3/4 cup cheese on top. Loosely cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes, remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 589mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 1g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 11
Keywords Budget-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

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  1. I made this today on a dreary rainy gloomy Thursday and it was very good. I had to leave it in longer than 30 minutes however but without comparing stoves, I just kept my eye on it until I saw the quinoa was completely cooked.

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