Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa
Bethany Daugherty, MS, RDN, CD - May 16, 2017
As the weather warms up and we find our schedules packed with end-of-school-year activities and youth sports, the slow cooker is a kitchen gadget that can save time in the kitchen. This recipe is a new twist on Mexican food staple, enchiladas. 


Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa

Servings: 8
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  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, uncooked and rinsed
  • 1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn, frozen
  • 1 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1/2 cup salsa (your favorite)
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 10-oz can enchilada sauce
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Suggested Toppings

  • 1 cup cheese
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped


Spray the slow cooker insert with nonstick cooking spray. Add the uncooked quinoa, black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, salsa, garlic, onion, bell pepper, water, enchilada sauce, and spices to the slow cooker. Stir well to combine.
Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 3 to 3 ½ hours or on low for 6 hours. It is done when all of the liquid is absorbed, but be careful not to burn the quinoa. When ready to serve, remove the lid and stir in the cilantro. Add any other desired toppings after serving.

Make Ahead:

This recipe is perfect to slow cook the day before while you cook then enjoy another dinner. By the time you finish cleaning up dinner, it will be ready to pop in the fridge for you to easily reheat the next day.
Kid Friendly:
  • Our kid’s loved this enchilada quinoa served on top of chips as nachos for dinner and wrapped up as a burrito the next day for lunch!
  • We also like to serve this with tortilla chips for scooping!
  • If your kids do not like spicy flavors like Lesley’s kids, you can leave out the chili powder. Lesley does not include it in any of the recipes we make and they all turn out great…just without the heat!

Nutrition Facts

Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 210Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 437mg18%
Total Carbohydrates 38g13%
Dietary Fiber 7g28%
Sugars 4g
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A6%
Vitamin C30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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