{Slow Cooker} Quinoa Tex Mex

Special thanks to Collective Bias and Hunt’s for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own. A one-dish, slow-cooker tex mex quinoa casserole. This dish is bursting with fresh and healthy flavors with some good spice plus a great summer recipe. This dish is vegetarian, but chicken, ground beef, or ground turkey can easily be added in. 

A one-dish, slow-cooker tex mex quinoa casserole. This casserole is bursting with fresh and healthy flavors with some good spice. This dish is vegetarian, but chicken, ground beef, or ground turkey can easily be added in.

I tend to kind of forget about my slow cooker as soon as it gets warm outside.

Which is totally a shame, because slow cooker meals are my favorite.Do a little work in the morning and it’s like a magical dinner appears come dinner time. I’m kind of obsessed with that idea.

And with slow cookers. Annnnd with this meal.

A one-dish, slow-cooker tex mex quinoa casserole. This casserole is bursting with fresh and healthy flavors with some good spice. This dish is vegetarian, but chicken, ground beef, or ground turkey can easily be added in.

Oh. And you know those slow cooker meals that take way too long to prepare before they are even in the slow cooker? Yeah…this is not one of those meals.

Mostly just opening a few cans and throwing them in the pot. The only thing that needs to be chopped are the peppers and onion. Not too bad right? This meal is so easy.

A one-dish, slow-cooker tex mex quinoa casserole. This casserole is bursting with fresh and healthy flavors with some good spice. This dish is vegetarian, but chicken, ground beef, or ground turkey can easily be added in.Also, this tex mex quinoa dish is super healthy. And vegetarian.

Oh, but doesn’t have to be vegetarian if you don’t want it. Some chicken breasts or cooked ground beef/turkey can definitely be added in. If you want to do chicken, add in the raw boneless skinless chicken breasts at the beginning with everything else. With ground beef or turkey, you’ll want to cook that all the way through and throw it in with everything about 30 or so minutes before the meal is ready to be done.

A one-dish, slow-cooker tex mex quinoa casserole. This casserole is bursting with fresh and healthy flavors with some good spice. This dish is vegetarian, but chicken, ground beef, or ground turkey can easily be added in.

Also, slow cooker meals are pretty easy to adapt. You can trade out vegetables for ones you prefer more.

And you could change the type of cheese you use. I used mozzarella which I loved, but a cheddar or colby jack would be pretty great too.I used a can of Hunt’s tomatoes in this dish. The whole can goes in, you don’t even need to drain it! Hunt’s tomatoes uses a unique flashsteam peeling method which makes their tomatoes super fresh and tasty. You can find more Hunt’s recipes at www.hunts.com.

Time to dust off that slow cooker, because they are totally great for summer meals and this quinoa tex mex!

A one-dish, slow-cooker tex mex quinoa casserole. This casserole is bursting with fresh and healthy flavors with some good spice. This dish is vegetarian, but chicken, ground beef, or ground turkey can easily be added in.

4.8 from 6 reviews
{Slow Cooker} Quinoa Tex Mex
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1 and 1/2 cups quinoa, well rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained (I used Hunt's)
  • 1 can (15.25 ounces) corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup sweet peppers, chopped
  • 1 poblano chili pepper (~3/4 cup), chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 cups water (or chicken broth)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2-4 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 and 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Optional: green onions, salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Rinse the quinoa well. I rinse my quinoa in a mesh strainer under hot water.
  2. Place the washed quinoa, drained and rinsed black beans, undrained diced tomatoes, drained and rinsed corn in the slow cooker.
  3. Chop the sweet peppers and poblano chili pepper (remove seeds if desired). Add the chopped peppers, minced garlic, and chopped onion to the slow cooker. Stir everything together. Add in the chili powder, ground cumin, and water. Stir again and cook for 3-4 hours or 5-6 hours on high or until the water is completely absorbed and the quinoa is cooked through. All slow cookers cook a little differently so make sure to occasionally check the dish to make sure the quinoa isn't burning or sticking all to the sides.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the chopped cilantro, fresh lime juice, taco seasoning to taste, and green onions if desired. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Stir in the mozzarella cheese and enjoy immediately.
Notes
Have leftovers? I loved placing the mixture into a large tortilla (with extra cheese), rolling it up tight, and placing it in a skillet to brown the edges (1-2 minutes, switching sides every 30 seconds at medium heat). SO good!

 Here are some more quinoa recipes:

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{Slow Cooker} Cheesy Quinoa Enchilada Bake

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

Crockpot Quinoa and Sweet Potato Fajitas

Quinoa Chicken Bowls with a Mango Salsa

Quinoa Chicken Bowls with a Mango Salsa

One pot Quinoa and Vegetable Dish

One pot Quinoa and Vegetable Dish

Detox Quinoa Salad

Detox Quinoa Salad

Greek Quinoa Salad on Chelsea's Messy Apron

Greek Quinoa Salad

Here’s where you can find the Hunt’s tomatoes at Wal-Mart:

Hunt's Tomatoes location

Comments

  1. says

    This dish looks so great, Chelsea! I tend to forget about slow cookers during the summer too, but they’re definitely the easiest way to go. And I totally know what you mean about those recipes that call for you to cook a whole bunch of stuff BEFORE you put it in the crock pot. Kinda defeats the purpose, haha. This looks so great and easy, though! Love it!

  2. says

    Nothing like throwing a bunch of delicious things into a slow cooker, to see it magically transform into something delicious without slaving over a stove :D Love the flavors in this, and your use of quinoa! A comfort meal, that’s healthy! Love the cilantro and lime juice! I bet a nice chunk of avocado would be perfect to garnish too!

  3. says

    Yay for crockpot meals! I love them for busy days – chop a few things in the morning and then dinner at night is so easy! This looks absolutely delicious – love me some tex mex!

  4. says

    This is just the perfect crockpot meal for a summer day! I need to utilize my slow cooker more in the summer as I’ll be out and about with the kids…it seems like there’s less time to cook in the summer! Pinning. :)

  5. says

    I’ve totally been neglecting my crock-pot since the weather got warmer….I should start using it again since I’d rather be outside enjoying the weather too. This quinoa casserole looks incredible – I love the tex mex flavors. Happy happy birthday – hope you’re having an amazing day girl :)

  6. says

    Slow cooker, Tex-Mex, Quinoa, Casserole — these words are like music to my ears! I love that they are all in one dish! I’m also loving the idea of adding chicken. It’s so hard to find good slow cooker recipes for the summertime, but this is just perfect. Pinned!

  7. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    This sounds awesome, Chelsea! I love that you made this in the slow cooker – I had no idea you could cook quinoa in one!! Pinned! Thanks so much for sharing at Freedom Fridays! :)

  8. says

    This looks delicious, and I love how you can just dump everything in. That’s my kind of cooking! Pinned this one, because I’m working on adding more quinoa to my diet.

  9. Valerie says

    OMG, I made this today….and it is SO delish! Shared it with another family, who also raved. Thanks for sharing

  10. says

    Now this is what I’m talking about! I’ve decided to try to quit eating meat again (with the exception of seafood but no more chicken, beef or pork!) so this recipe is perfect. Plus, who doesn’t love using their slow cooker, especially during the summer! Thanks for the recipe, Chelsea!

  11. says

    I love quinoa, but have only used it in salads. Can’t wait to try it in the slow cooker, especially with a Tex-Mex twist.
    And the added bonus is that this is such a healthy meal. The idea of starting it in the morning and coming home to a meal just waiting to be eaten will just add less stress to the day. Your presentation in the bowl is a great idea–makes everything clear and simple. Thanks for sharing.
    Lisa

  12. Mikal says

    I made this last night. The flavors were great! I think I did something wrong though because the texture was really not what I was expecting. It came out kind of like a mush pile with the consistency of oatmeal. I didn’t wash the quinoa first. Also, I added two boneless skinless chicken breasts. Maybe that was the cause? Outside of the kind of gooey consistency it was awesome!

    I recommend that if you do add chicken to make sure to season it individually before sticking it in the pot.

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Thanks so much for the comment! I can’t figure out why your consistency was so off. I’ve made this with chicken and had the same consistency with or without it. I wonder if you maybe cooked it too long? How long did you cook it for?

      And great idea about pre-seasoning the chicken!

      • Mikal says

        I cooked it on low for 6 1/2 hours but then it sat on warm from probably another 3 hours probably. I went to bed and didn’t wake up when I planned on it :). Didn’t even think about that! Maybe next time I’ll try it on high and actually make sure I can take it off the heat when it is done.

        I’m actually eating it right now and it really is quite yummy! Thank you for the recipe! I look forward to making it again – and better! Ha!

    • Mikal says

      ****UPDATE****

      I made this again and cooked it for the RIGHT about of time. I did 3 hours on high. I also added the chicken breasts and seasoned them with a little salt, pepper, and homemade taco seasoning first.

      It came out EXCELLENT! I even got a compliment from my boyfriend, which is unheard of when it comes to food!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      When it is dry. I put mine in a fine mesh sieve and wash it really well. Rinsing the quinoa removes the saponin that had a very bitter and earthy taste.

    • chelseamessyapron says

      It will work without cheese, but I think a lot of the flavor comes from the cheese, so it will definitely be more bland without it.

  13. Katrina says

    Happy to have found this on Pinterest! I made it tonight and it is delicious. I too cooked it too long as I didn’t fully read the instructions while rushing to get out the door this morning. Happily, in it’s “mushier” state, it was great as a burrito filling topped with cheese and hot sauce.

  14. says

    I’ve never felt compelled to leave a review for a recipe…until now! This is my new delish, healthy go-to. I make it weekly for myself, and even my meat-loving carnivore of a boyfriend can’t get enough of this meat-free tastiness. Thanks so much for this tasty recipe!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      I am so happy you loved it Jenn! Haha my husband is a huge carnivore too! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review and kind words :)

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Thanks Tammy! I haven’t tried the recipe with anything else, so I’m not sure what would work in its place. You could try brown rice, but I can’t say if that would or wouldn’t work! Sorry!

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