Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Turkey Quinoa Taco Bake

This is SO good! I didn't even have to go to the grocery to make this. Love it when that happens.

Here are the details...


  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed
  • 1 onion (any kind), diced
  • 1 can of chili beans/pinto beans
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 can of rotel (spicy....if you like spicy!)
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning (or make your own...google the recipe, you probably have the spices!)
  • Shredded cheese (1 cup)
  • 2 cups of plain tomato sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Optional: jalapeños (fresh or pickled) or cilantro to garnish, extra cumin (to taste). 
  • For serving: hot sauce, salsa, sour cream 
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Prepare quinoa according to instructions on packaging. 
  3. In a large pan, saute onion with a little bit of EVOO until translucent. 
  4. Add the turkey to the pan and cook through until no longer pink.  Add taco seasoning (I use a little extra cumin here).
  5. In a large bowl mix:
    1. Cooked quinoa
    2. Turkey
    3. 1/2 cup cheese
    4. Canned beans, corn, and tomatoes
    5. Once everything is thoroughly mixed, add tomato sauce (a little at a time) until you get a nice thick consistency (you don't want it crumbly and dry). 
    6. Taste test and add salt/pepper as needed. I added an extra teaspoon of cumin. 
    7. Pour the mixture into a lightly greased pan.
    8. Pour lime juice over this and cover with cheese. (Add jalapeño here!)
    9. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Cook uncovered for an additional 10 minutes. 
    Garnish with cilantro and serve with hot sauce, salsa and/or sour cream!


    Or you could add jalapeños:

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