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Beef Enchilada Quinoa Bake
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5 from 1 vote

Beef Enchilada Quinoa Bake

This Beef Enchilada Quinoa Bake is hearty, saucy, cheesy, meaty Mexican comfort food in a casserole!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1.25 lb 95% lean ground beef
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (10 oz) cans red enchilada sauce
  • ½ cup fat free sour cream
  • 4 oz (about 1 cup) shredded 50% reduced fat sharp cheddar, divided
  • Optional toppings, not included in nutrition calculations: scallions, cilantro, black olives, avocado, sour cream, guacamole, peppers, etc.

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350. Lightly mist a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Combine the chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper in a dish and stir together to make your own taco seasoning. Set aside.
  • Bring a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and add the ground beef. Cook while breaking up with a wooden spoon until beef is completely browned and broken into small pieces. Drain grease from the pan. Add the taco seasoning from step 2 and stir together until well combined. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and add the quinoa, corn and black beans. Stir until well combined. Add the enchilada sauce, sour cream and 2 ounces (half) of the shredded cheddar and stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Transfer the contents of the mixing bowl to the prepared baking dish and spread evenly. Sprinkle the remaining 2 ounces of cheese over the top. Bake for 35 minutes until the bake is bubbly and heated throughout and the cheese is melted.

Notes

MyWW SmartPoints per (1 cup) serving:(SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 8 SmartPoints/ Blue: 6 SmartPoints/ Purple: 4 SmartPoints
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
8 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Nutrition Information:
317 calories, 32 g carbs, 4 g sugars, 9 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 27 g protein, 6 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)
an Emily Bites Original, seasoning mix is from allrecipes