This is one of our favorite recipes from our partnership with George Brown College! We have an on-going collaboration with the school to help train a new generation of chefs in the AH lifestyle. Culinary students John Loui Ricardo and Julius De Guia wowed us with this tasty casserole from their AH class project. This casserole is quick and easy because components can be made ahead and assembled in a matter of minutes . . . but it tastes like it came from a fine restaurant. Our son Benji says that he’ll eat anything that has this enchilada sauce on top!
3tbspchopped Anaheim or other mild chile (about ½ chile)
2cupscooked beans or drained and rinsed canned beans, such as black beans, chickpeas, pinto beans, or a combination
¼tspsalt, or more as needed
¼tspground black pepper, or to taste
1cupshredded cheese, such as cheddar or mozzarella
1avocado, diced, for garnish
2roma (plum) tomatoes, diced, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Make the Enchilada Sauce
Heat the olive oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Stir together the chili powder, oregano, cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder in a bowl.
Add the spices to the hot oil all at once. Cook, stirring, for a few seconds to allow the spices to become fragrant and infuse the oil with flavor without burning. Add the tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Puree directly in the pot with an immersion blender. (If the sauce is not deep enough to fully immerse the blender and prevent splattering, carefully transfer the sauce to a deep bowl or jar to blend. Return to the pan after blending.)
Simmer for 5 minutes more to slightly reduce the sauce. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Set aside. (This sauce can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks and reheated for quicker prep.)
Make the Casserole
In a 9‑inch square casserole dish, combine the quinoa, enchilada sauce, chile, beans, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and 3/4 cup of the cheese. Adjust the seasonings. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup cheese evenly over the top.
Bake until bubbling and the cheese has melted, about 15 minutes.
Serve immediately, garnished with the avocado and fresh tomato.