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This Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole is a versatile dish that comes together without much work, all in one pot! It’s the perfect dinner recipe for those busy weeknights.

Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco CasseroleHealthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole

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Today’s Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole is my gift to you. I’m sure we are in the same boat – school is back in session, lessons and activities are picking up, and my personal goals and priorities have taken a bit more of a front seat than they did this summer. I’m taking a little more time to meal plan, eat well, and exercise (because I only have three kids at home during the day now!). That doesn’t mean that I want to spend the few hours that I do have all my kids at home with me cooking though. My meal plan this month has slow cooker recipes 3 days a week, which I prep and get going during lunch. The other two weeknights are quick and easy one pot kinds of meals. Planning ahead means we are eating well, but I’m also spending my time in the kitchen wisely and enjoying my kids while they are at home in the evening.

We love all things Mexican, Tex-Mex, and taco-y, and this taco casserole is no exception. Eat it like a chili or stew, or throw it inside of a taco shell! You can also use it in taco salad, on nachos, or on top of baked potatoes. It’s a versatile dish that comes together without much work, all in one pot. We all need less dishes in our lives, am I right?! Meatless Monday just got tastier.

Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole

The avocado in this taco casserole is super smooth and creamy. I felt like it really made the dish. And if you are new to quinoa, make sure that you wash the stuff well in a small strainer, or it will taste like soap and ruin the whole dish. I learned this the hard way the first time I cooked with it. Unless the packaging says prewashed, you need to spend a few minutes rinsing it under running water. If your strainer is too big, try laying a bit of cheesecloth in the bottom.

Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole
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Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole

  • Author: Melissa
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: About 5 Servings 1x


This Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole is a versatile dish that comes together without much work, all in one pot! It’s the perfect dinner recipe for those busy weeknights.



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped sweet bell pepper
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed (15-ounce)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, with the juice (14.5 oz)
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 avocado peeled and diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves


  1. In a large skillet add the oil, onion, and bell peppers. Cook over medium high heat until the vegetables start to soften, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the quinoa, broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder, cumin, and salt and pepper. Stir well to combine.
  3. Cover and continue to cook over medium high heat until the quinoa us cooked, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and add the avocado, lime juice, and cilantro. Adjust the salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine and serve right away.
  5. You can serve this dish its own just as it is but it’s also excellent with a little cheese and sour cream on top, used as a taco filling, on top of baked potatoes, in taco salad, or even to dip tortilla chips in.


This recipes is very flexible. You can use the type of quinoa you like (red, black, white, or a blend), as well as the type of beans your prefer (black and small red beans are also great in this).

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: Serves 4 to 6

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Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole

Isn’t that pretty? If you like a little heat, you can add a chopped jalapeño or two. Mmmm!

Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole

Quick, easy, healthy, and delicious. You are going to love this one!

One Pot Taco Casserole

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7 Responses
  1. deb c

    Hey this is really good even when you don’t have avocado, cilantro or chili powder. Threw in a hodpodge of powders(ancho, pasilla, chimayo chilis), oregano and garlic powder. Forgot the lime. DRATS! So I compensated by plenty of cheddar cheese and sour cream! Hit the spot! Thanks!!

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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