Southwestern Quinoa Bake (Vegan)


Southwestern Quinoa Bake

This is one of the best ways to prepare quinoa and serve it someone who has never eaten it before. It’s so delicious I had to restrain myself. I had some quinoa in my pantry but found some at a buyers club yesterday for a reasonable price and I was in the mood for preparing another grain other than rice. I’m happy that I can now find chia seeds, coconut flour, and even all-purpose gluten-free flour at my buyer’s club. Last evening I prepared rice and cabbage curry with kale salad. I can prepare cabbage curry every day and my husband never gets tired of it. As a matter of fact, it’s one of my go-to meals when I’m in a hurry and I’m always in a hurry. Always working on something on my to do list. So I love quick meals and casseroles. I have to be in the mood to prepare more involved recipes.

Southwestern Quinoa Bake (Vegan)

I love quinoa because not only is it gluten-free, it’s a complete protein, but it’s high in fiber, low on the glycemic index, high in magnesium, and full of antioxidants, basically its good for you.

For this recipe, you can substitute the vegan cheese with your favorite cheese sauce recipe.


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup organic frozen corn kernels
  • 1 ½ cups or 1 can cook black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup shredded vegan cheese, extra for topping
  • Chopped avocado, tomatoes, green onions, cilantro for garnish


Bring water and quinoa in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Preheat oven 350°F. In a large saucepan heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook stirring until onion is soft about 4 minutes. Add bell peppers, corn, black beans and stir.  Add cumin, cayenne pepper, sea salt, and stir. Stir in cooked quinoa, chopped cilantro, and cheese. Remove from heat and spoon into a casserole dish, top with vegan cheese. Bake for 15 minutes. Garnish with avocado, tomatoes, green onions and cilantro and serve with a lovely salad or guacamole.

Southwestern Quinoa Bake (Vegan)

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  1. This recipe was absolutely delicious! I’m practicing the Daniel fast right now, so I can not eat any animal, artificial or dairy product, so I made a few small adjustments. Instead of cheese, I used picante sauce and freshly squeezed lime juice and added a little Mrs. Dash fiesta lime seasoning… It was perfect. I’ll try it with vegan cheese very soon though.

  2. Healing Tomato

    Quinoa was an acquired taste for me. Now, I am making and eating everything Quinoa that I can get my hands on. This recipe is so well done. I have to try it.


    I agree, if you want to try quinoa for the first time go the Mexican route! My Mom tried it for the first time in a quiche and said it was terrible.

  4. Barbara @ Spirited Cook

    I just cleaned and organized my cabinets and found a ton of quinoa (!). I’ll be making this for sure! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Sharon @Plated with Style

    I try to add more quinoa meals in rotation. This looks wonderful and my mouth is drooling! We love Southwestern style flavors too, so this will be a hit!

  6. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    This is such a perfect hearty all-in-one dish! I’m a fan of quinoa any and all ways and this looks delicious!

  7. susan // the wimpy vegetarian

    I have some cooked quinoa in the fridge right now. I’m not vegan, so I’ll use cow or sheep derived cheese, but I’m totally making this! Great recipe!!

  8. Terri Oliver Steffes

    We love quinoa at our house and we love anything spicy so this will be a winner for us! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah

    Absolutely love this! I’m always trying to get quinoa in my diet but it doesn’t take long before all the recipes start to look the same, but I haven’t tried one like this before. Pinning it for later!

  10. Jameson Fink

    I’ve eat a lot of quinoa but, strangely, have not tried baking it casserole-style after cooking it. Does the top get crispy?

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Jameson you must try this one, the top is mildly crispy, the cheese prevents it from getting too crispy!

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