This Healthy Mexican Casserole is full of good for you ingredients like ground turkey, quinoa, black beans & bell peppers! Healthy Mexican food? Yes please!
This Healthy Mexican Casserole is one of our most popular recipes (originally posted October 27, 2015), so I’ve updated it to include a how-to video! Enjoy!
I’m gonna let you in on a little secret….I love Mexican food! Oh wait. I’ve probably told you that like 1,000,000 times, but for those of you just joining us… I LOVE Mexican food.
Every Friday night, while Trevor and I were living in Seattle, you could find Trevor and I sitting in the same Mexican restaurant (we miss you Plaza Garibaldi)… at the same table…eating the same thing.
Exciting right? 🙂
I can’t help it. It was like clockwork.
Friday night rolls around and I’m majorly craving my favorite chips and salsa, margarita, and Pollo Macho <– literally to die for.
Now that we’re in Madison, and trust me, I’ve done my research, I can’t for the life of me find Mexican food that I’m craaaaazy about. Any Madison readers out there?
But maybe it’s for the best, because Trevor and I are actually going to Cancun (eeeeek!!!!) in December, so maybe I should lay off the chips and salsa for a bit?
To get my Mexican food fix in a much healthier way, enter: Healthy Mexican Casserole.
This Healthy Mexican Casserole came to be, because it was Friday and naturally, I was craving Mexican food. But like I said, Trevor and I are heading to Cancun in December.
But how can I make Mexican food healthier while still tasting totally drool worthy?
Ingredients in ground turkey healthy mexican casserole
- Chicken broth
- Olive oil
- Chili powder
- Salt and pepper
- Bell peppers – I use 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 red, and 1 orange
- Black beans
- Enchilada sauce
How do i make the best mexican casserole?
- Cook the quinoa according to package directions, but use chicken broth instead of water. Set aside.
- Heat oil in a very large sauté pan over medium heat.
- Add in turkey and spices and cook, breaking up the meat as you go, until the turkey is no longer pink.
- Stir in the jalapeno, onion, peppers, and garlic, and cook until they’re tender crisp.
- Then stir in some black beans, corn, enchilada sauce, your cooked quinoa, and a bit of cheese.
- Transfer mixture to a 9 x 13 in baking dish, top with a bit more cheese, and bake in the oven until it’s hot and bubbly!
You guys. That’s only TWO dirty dishes and it makes a ton, so you won’t have to cook again for days….DAYYYYS 🙂
This Healthy Mexican Casserole will come of the oven and I promise you, you’ll just die from the amazing smell.
And the texture of this Healthy Mexican Casserole? It’s crazy good. I love the combo of the grainy quinoa, with tender ground turkey, and the crunchy veggies. Just. Yum!!
Oh and the flavor? Yeah. Ah-mazing. I <3 the combination of enchilada sauce with the spices: chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.
I also have to say, these leftovers make really incredible nachos.
I couldn’t resist.
I layered some tortilla chips (um, they were organic 😉 ) on a baking sheet, topped them with a bunch of this Healthy Mexican Casserole, a bit more cheese, and broiled them until the cheese was melty.
Served with salsa and sour cream or non fat plain greek yogurt?
Um. Yes please!
Healthy Mexican Casserole
Equipment for this recipe
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
- 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 jalapeño minced (seeds and ribs removed for a more mild flavor)
- 1 onion sliced
- 4 bell peppers sliced - I like using 1 green, 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 orange
- 2 cloves garlic pressed or minced
- 1 (15 oz) can black beans rinsed and drained
- 1 (15 oz) can corn drained
- 1 (10 oz) can enchilada sauce
- 2 cups shredded Mexican style cheese divided*
- non fat plain greek yogurt or sour cream
- crushed tortilla chips
- Cook quinoa according to package directions, but instead of using water, use chicken broth (and cook it with 1/2 cup less liquid then package suggests). Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
- Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium - medium high heat. Add in meat and spices and cook until no longer pink, breaking it up as it cooks.
- Add in veggies: jalapeno, onion, peppers, garlic, season with a touch of salt, and cook until crisp tender, about 3 minutes.
- Stir in black beans, corn, enchilada sauce, cooked quinoa, and 1 cup of Mexican-style cheese.
- Season with salt, if necessary.
- Transfer to the greased 9x13 inch baking dish and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
- Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until mixture is hot and cheese is melty.
- Serve immediately with optional toppings!
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*Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on products used.