Taco-ish Quinoa Bake

by Rebekahcooked up on September 11, 2014

Ok, obviously this is not actually a taco, or going into tacos. But it seemed like less of a transgression than claiming this was “Mexican” or even “Mexican-ish.” Basically, it incorporates a lot of flavors you might also find at taco night. Green chiles, bell peppers and so forth.

Quinoa Taco Bake | PDXfoodlove

And more importantly, it’s pretty darn tasty.

Dave and I made this one night when we hadn’t really made a plan. It’s not instant, but it’s a pretty quick meal (especially if you happen to have quinoa on hand).

Quinoa Taco Bake | PDXfoodlove

I had originally intended to add some black beans, too, but I forgot… and I don’t think it needs it. If you find yourself wanting to add heft, I’m sure they could be added with very few changes.

Here’s what you need:

NOTE: As you can see from the photos, this made us a small dish. I would estimate that it would take 2 of the recipe below to fill a 9×9 “brownie pan.”

1 cup diced zucchini
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup white onion
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1 diced medium-hot chile
2 Tbsp. canned green chiles
1/2 cup diced fresh tomatoes
1/4 tsp. cumin powder
1/4 tsp. coriander powder
1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
3/4 cup shredded “Mexican” cheese, divided

For toppings:
Sour cream
Hot sauce
Lime wedges

Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a skillet, then saute the zucchini, onion, bell pepper and chile until softened. Season heavily with salt. Add in the garlic and sautee for 2-3 more minutes.

Add the canned green chiles, diced tomatoes, cumin, coriander, quinoa and half of the cheese to the pan and toss to combine. Transfer to a baking dish and sprinkle the rest of the cheese evenly on top.

Turn on your oven’s broiler and place the dish in the oven for just a few minutes – be sure to keep an eye on it! You are looking for browning on the cheese before you take it out.

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