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Quinoa Enchilada Casserole Always Delicious Book

Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

GBC Students John Loui Ricardo and Julius De Guia
Recipe from ALWAYS DELICIOUS by David Ludwig, MD, PhD, and Dawn Ludwig
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 servings


Enchilada Sauce

  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chili powder, or to taste
  • ½ tsp dried Mexican oregano or regular oregano
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 (14.5 ounce can) diced tomatoes
  • ¼ tsp salt, or to taste
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper, to taste


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 3 tbsp chopped Anaheim or other mild chile (about ½ chile)
  • 2 cups cooked beans or drained and rinsed canned beans, such as black beans, chickpeas, pinto beans, or a combination
  • 8-9 sprigs cilantro, chopped
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp salt, or more as needed
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, such as cheddar or mozzarella
  • 1 avocado, diced, for garnish
  • 2 roma (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.


Nutrition (Enchilada Casserole Only)

Fat: 21g
Carbohydrates: 54g
Protein: 20g
Calories: 478

Nutrition (Full Meal - Phase 1)

Substitute 1 pound extra-firm tofu (drained, pressed with an absorbent towel, crumbled, and seasoned with 3/4 teaspoon salt) or 2 cups cottage cheese for the quinoa. Garnish with 2 tablespoons plain whole-milk Greek yogurt. For dessert, enjoy 1 Chocolate Truffle (Always Delicious pg. 314)
Fat: 49%
Carbohydrates: 28%
Protein: 23%
Calories: 636

Nutrition (Full Meal - Phase 2 or 3)

Serve with 1/2 serving Baked Tofu (Always Delicious page 175; Chimichurri Variation). For dessert, have 1 cup strawberries.
Fat: 41%
Carbohydrates: 39%
Protein: 20%
Calories: 668
Keyword Phase 2, Vegetarian