Cheesy Mexican Quinoa

Hi Friends!

I have a quick recipe to share with you guys today. I wasn’t planning to blog about it. It was just something I threw together the other night for dinner…but as soon as I posted it on instagram and saw how many of you wanted the recipe,  I wrote down the ingredients I used so I could share it with you!

Need a meatless meal idea? This vegetarian Cheesy Mexican Quinoa tastes great and makes enough for leftovers!

This dish is, surprise surprise, Mexican inspired. Have you noticed we eat a lot of Mexican around here? Several times a week….but neither of us seem to get tired of it so it works for us.

So here’s what was in it:

Serves 4-6

Cheesy Mexican Quinoa

Packed with protein and ready in a snap, this healthy Mexican recipe is a winner.

Rating: 5.0 from 1 reviews1

15Prep Time

15Cook Time

30Total Time

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Cheesy Mexican Quinoa


1/2 c onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 c black beans, cooked
1/2 c corn kernels
1 clove garlic, minced
1-2 tsp cumin,
1 tsp paprika
1/2 - 1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 c quinoa, cooked
1 c grated/shredded low-fat cheese
1 c skim milk
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp flour
Toppings: tomato & avocado


  1. In a pan, saute the onions, peppers, garlic and spices until softened.
  2. Add the black beans, corn and quinoa and mix well.
  3. Transfer mixture to a bowl and set aside.
  4. In the same pan, melt the butter, then add the flour.
  5. Slowly add the milk and stir constantly to minimize lumps.
  6. Add the cheese and stir until melted.
  7. Add the quinoa mixture and stir until mixed well.
  8. Transfer mixture to a greased casserole dish and bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes or until heated through.
  9. Top with tomatoes and avocado!


I didn’t take any fancy photos. All I have are the few I snapped with my phone, but you get the idea. It looks good, it tastes better, it’s packed with protein and it’s easy to make. That’s what we like to call “a real winner!”

For the cheese, I used 1/2 c grated pepperjack and 1/2 c shredded mexican. I used leftover quinoa but if you need to, you can cook some while the peppers and onions are sauteing. Don’t worry if there are some flour lumps in your milk mixture from the flour….it happens to me all the time. In my personal opinion, the best way to eat this is to serve it with tortilla chips and use the chips to scoop up each bite :)


About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. I adore you because your photos still be fancy :-)
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  2. Mmmmm, cheese + quinoa has gotta be good.

  3. I love Mexican food so I’m loving all your Mexican inspired dishes! :)
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  4. Yay!! Another quinoa recipe for me!! :-)
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  5. this looks fantastic! the instructions are similar to the ones for the lentil veggie mac n cheese, which I made again this past weekend too and my husband loves it!
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  6. A healthy Mexican mac n’ cheese! I love it :) Definitely trying this out soon!
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  7. This looks great! I’ve had a can of black beans in my pantry for AGES and I keep forgetting about them. May just have to use them to make this!

  8. We eat a lot of Mexican themed dinners too! This would be a big hit in our house.
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  9. I am always so impressed with your quick, easy, and delicious dinners, Lindsay! This one looks like another winner :)
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  10. As usual your a culinary skills are unreal! This sounds delicious and easy to make. I read a lot of blogs Linds, but actually make more recipes from your site than any other; it’s food my family and I enjoy and eat time and time again. xo
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  11. This looks delicious! I’m always in the market for tasty new comfort food recipes and this one looks like it just might get to the top of the list – Quick, easy & yummy – Three of my favorite things! :)
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  12. Oh my! Sounds and looks delicious. I love your recipes because they are easy for someone like me who doesn’t cook. Can’t wait to try this.
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  13. I could eat Mexican food everyday for the rest of my life. This looks fabulous!

  14. love cheezy quinoa dishes!
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  15. I love how quick & easy your recipes are! Perfect for when I get cooking-lazy (which is often).
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  16. I need more Mexican foods in my life, this looks super simple and delicious! My kind of meals!

  17. This looks so delish! Almost like mac and cheese but with quinoa!
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  18. Thanks for the recipe girl, this looks amazing! I haven’t had quinoa in awhile and I kinda miss it!!

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  19. Sounds delicious! I do love me some quinoa.
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  21. That looks SO good! I am going to have to try this for dinner within the next couple of days! Thanks :)
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  22. Yum yum yum!! I’m totally making this for the potluck I’m going to on Wednesday. Admittedly, when I saw the picture of this in your WIAW post I was hoping that you’s share the recipe :)
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  23. heck yea! Mexican anyday and everyday! :)
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  24. This looks amazing! and I love the idea of using chips – my husband is obsessed with all things mexican so I will definitely have to make this soon. Thanks for the recipe!
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  25. looks delicious!!
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  26. AGHH! This is already bookmarked! My hubby is 1/2 Mexican and I feel terrible that I don’t make more mexican food!! Definitely going to try this!! It looks SO yummy! =) xoxo
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  27. All these fancy quinoa recipes mean I should try this stuff…. never had ti before. (gasp)
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  28. Mexican inspired + cheese = Winner in my book!
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  29. Oh yes please! This looks fantastic 😀
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  30. This looks awesome! Thanks Lindsay
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  31. Yum, yum, yum! My husband and I just had this for lunch. I used 2 cans of black beans, no corn, and for the cheese…pepper jack. Awesome with chips (baked Tostito scoops) just like you said. Thanks so much.
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  32. Ok, I’m totally drooling over this. You make the best good!! I had to forward to my quinoa/Mexican food loving friend. Can’t wait to make!
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  33. Family favorite! We have it at least twice a month (not including leftovers). Fresh, lite, tasty and easy to make!

  34. Love this & so do my family. We add leftover homemade salsa instead of the tomato and I add hot sauce to mine for extra kick. So good!!! Thanks.


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