Slow Cooker Cheesy Enchilada Quinoa

This post brought to you by Honeysuckle White® and Shady Brook Farms®. All opinions are 100% mine. A simple, slow cooker meal – cheesy enchilada quinoa. This dish has minimal prep time, tastes incredible, and is very healthy for you.

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This is now my third quinoa slow cooker dish featured here on the blog.

And, I have to say, it takes the favorite place. Although I love the quinoa fajitas and tex mex quinoa, this cheesy enchilada quinoa is where it’s at!

I am obsessed with slow cooker meals + quinoa. Like, healthy, quick, easy. And it’s pretty much my lunch for the rest of the week. All of my favorite things.

I’m kind of surprised I don’t have a quinoa slow cooker meal featured everyday with the amount of times I make and eat these dishes!

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Plus this one has plen-tty of protein. Black beans + ground turkey + quinoa. This dish will keep you full for hours!

I used some Honeysuckle White ground turkey for this dish which adds a lot of protein but fewer calories than chicken and less fat than pork. PLUS more protein than beef with over 50% less fat (!!!) This ground turkey is SO easy to prepare – hello five minutes! It took almost no time at all to brown it on the stove top on a skillet. Once the ground turkey is browned it get’s put into the slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients.

By the by, I’ve also tried Honeysuckle White’s turkey burgers which I love! They go from frozen to cooked in less than 20 minutes and taste fantastic. Plus they have a whole new line with six different varieties to chose from. The cheddar jalopeno flavor? That’s the one I’m addicted to right now!

Turkey is great alternative to other proteins. It works fantastic in this meal, it grills well, and Honeysuckle White has all the BBQ favorites in turkey form – brats, burger, tenderloins, and more. Also, depending on where you live in the country, Honeysuckly White turkey is also called Shady Brook Farms.

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After the ground turkey is browned and put into the slow cooker, you can just throw in the rest of the ingredients. The only things that needs to be cut are the sweet pepper and onion. Both of which, you can leave out if desired.

Also, don’t forget to rinse the quinoa. By rinsing the quinoa it removes the saponin that has an earthy bitter taste to it. I place the dry quinoa in a fine mesh sieve and wash it well under hot water. I massage the quinoa under the water to really scrub it out. Then just pop it into the crockpot.

And everything gets covered with lots of enchilada sauce + a little bit of water:

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Then give it a good stir…

Place it on high and allow it to cook for 3 to 3 and 1/2 hours. Or until all the liquid is absorbed into the quinoa.

If you must cook it on low you can, but I’ve found that quinoa tends to be a bit more mushy when it’s cooked for longer periods of time. I’ve found 3 to 3 and 1/2 hours to be the perfect time for the quinoa (and other ingredients) to cook in the slow cooker. The quinoa is fluffy and light, plus the flavors are all just right!

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Now here’s the fun part. And a little bit of a twist….. Okay it’s not that exciting. But pretty much you can do two things with this mix. Or at least two things that I’m sharing here, because I’m sure there are lot of creative ways to use this mix. One way is to cover it with cheese, garnish it with some cilantro, toss on some green onions, scoop on some sour cream, and DEVOUR.

Another way is to use the filling like traditional enchiladas. Warm up some tortillas, place some cheese in the middle, add a large scoop of the mixture, top with more cheese, and roll it up. Place some salsa or enchilada sauce on top with a dollup of sour cream and some cilantro if desired. DEVOUR round two.

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5.0 from 3 reviews
Slow Cooker Cheesy Enchilada Quinoa
Author: 
Serves: 6-8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound Honeysuckle White ground turkey
  • 1 and 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1/2 cup sweet bell peppers, I used orange
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (19 ounces) enchilada sauce*
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 cups cheddar or Mexican cheese
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, sour cream, green onions, 1 small jalopeno
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, cook the ground turkey until browned through. Drain out any grease and place in the slow cooker.
  2. Add in the uncooked quinoa (make sure to rinse first), the black beans (drained and rinsed), the frozen corn, the diced tomatoes and green chilies (do not drain), the salsa (I used medium), and minced garlic.
  3. Chop up the onion and sweet bell pepper into small pieces. Add to the slow cooker. If desired chop up a jalopeno and add it too.
  4. Add in the water, enchilada sauce (I used mild, but use whatever you like best), chili powder, and cumin.
  5. Stir everything together really well. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 3 to 3 and 1/2 hours or until the liquid is all absorbed into the mixture.
  6. Once it is done cooking, remove the lid and stir everything again. Stir in the cheese and fresh cilantro (stems removed and chopped).
  7. If desired add in the fresh lime juice.
  8. Add a dollup of sour cream and some chopped green onions if desired.
  9. **If you want to make these into more of traditional enchiladas: warm up the tortillas, spread some cheese on one side, a large spoonful of the mixture on top of the cheese, and more cheese on top of the mixture. Roll it up and top with more salsa or enchilada sauce. Add sour cream, green onions, and cilantro if desired.
Notes
For the enchilada sauce either use one large can (19 ounces) or two smaller cans (10 ounces each).

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Here are some more slow cooker meals:

An easy and healthy dinner of Crockpot Quinoa and Sweet Potato Fajitas from Chelsea's Messy Apron

Crockpot Quinoa and Sweet Potato Fajitas

Sweet pulled pork made in the slow cooker and smothered in the sweetest honey-chipotle BBQ sauce.

Sweet BBQ Pulled Pork Taquitos

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Tex Mex Quinoa Dish

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Comments

  1. says

    This looks amazing Chelsea! Love quinoa and enchiladas – making this in the slow cooker is such an awesome idea too! Pinning :)

  2. says

    What an awesome slow cooker dish! I’m thinking I would have to do the enchilada option because enchiladas are one of my favorite things ever. But I bet this would be good no matter how you eat it! :) Pinning!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Haha I love both ways :) But yes enchilada style is SO good!! Thanks Beth and thanks for the pin!

  3. says

    Mmmm this looks amazing! I love anything enchilada-like and in my crockpot? Double win! I’ve only recently started putting quinoa in my crockpot for meals and I am in love!

  4. says

    I have never slow cooked quinoa, BUT this looks like a wonderful recipe to give that a try.
    I do love my slow cooker and I do love Mexican food. Sounds like I am more than half way there for motivation.

  5. says

    Ahh out of all of those slow cooker recipes that you mentioned, I’d have a hard time picking out a fav. I know I’d love all of them but if I had to pick a fav, this one would be it! I love anything that is similar to an enchilada. Great idea to make an enchilada recipe with quinoa!

  6. Rachel says

    Made this yesterday for dinner and it was delicious! I usually make quinoa in a rice cooker and was skeptical it would cook correctly in the slow cooker, but it turned out perfectly. Didn’t use any corn (not listed in recipe when I bookmarked it), but did add lots of chopped cilantro, cheese, and the juice of one lime to the dish after it cooked for three hours in the slow cooker. We ate in nacho style yesterday, yum. :) Thanks for the recipe. This is definitely going in the rotation!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Yay so glad to hear that you liked it Rachel!! And nacho style? Totally doing that next time :)

  7. Brenda Smith says

    Ok so I made it, it was great!! However, I was looking for the nutritional info so I could figure the WW points value? Could you help me with this??

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Here are the stats for this dish Brenda:

      Nutrition Facts
      Serving Size 1 Recipe total Servings 8
      Calories 410
      Total Fat 8.58 g
      Saturated Fat 2.86g
      Monosaturated Fat 2.78g
      Polysaturated Fat 2.95g
      Total Carbohydrate 55 g
      Fiber 11 g
      Sugar 3.5 g
      Protein 27.8 g
      Cholesterol 48.61 mg
      Calcium 152 mg
      Iron 4.91 mg
      Potassium 1127 mg
      Sodium 535 mg
      Zinc 4.5 mg
      Thiamin 0.59 mg
      Riboflavin 0.35 mg
      Niacin 4.89 mg
      Vitamin B6 0.62 mg
      Vitamin C 11.6 mg
      Vitamin B12 0.77 Ug
      Vitamin A 806 IU
      Vitamin E 1.53 mg
      Vitamin K 4 Ug
      Points 8
      Points Plus 10
      *The nutritional values are determined by the total ingredients divided by the number of servings for each recipe. Serving sizes may vary. The formula used here for points was obtained from public sources and is an empirical match to Weight Watchers calculators, but it is not an “official” Weight Watcher’s calculator.

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