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Beef Quinoa Bake

Sauteed vegetables, quinoa, salsa and ground beef cooked together for a delicious casserole that is served with cilantro lime sour cream. This Quinoa Beef Bake is an quick and easy weeknight meal!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Beef Quinoa Bake
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 528kcal



  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder


  • 1 15.5 ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 jalapeno seeds removed and chopped (leave a few seeds if you want to kick the spice up)
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup salsa I use 1/2 cup salsa verde and 1/2 cup red salsa


  • green onions diced
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • zest of 1 lime
  • juice of 1 lime
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp cilantro chopped finely



  • Bring water, butter, salt, and quinoa to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and let cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.


  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Saute until cooked through. Remove beef from pan but leave oil/fat in pan.


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • If there is not much oil/fat in the pan after removing the beef, add another tbsp of olive oil. Keeping pan over medium-high heat, add jalapeno, corn, and onion. Saute until browned, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a large bowl stir together cooked quinoa, sauteed beef, sauteed vegetables, black beans, cumon, chili powder, chicken broth, and green salsa. Transfer to 3.5 quart or 9x13 baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake covered for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and bake for an additional 20 minutes.


  • While casserole is baking, make cilantro lime sour cream. In a small bowl, stir together sour cream, lime zest, lime juice, salt and cilantro.
  • Serve casserole in individual dishes, topped with cilantro lime sour cream and green onions to taste.


Calories: 528kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 1298mg | Potassium: 934mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 717IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 5mg