Cheesy Enchilada Quinoa in a Slow Cooker

Three sources of protein (black beans, quinoa, and ground turkey) smothered in cheese and enchilada sauce – what’s not to love?!

1 lb ground turkey*
1 ½ C uncooked quinoa
1 can black beans
1 C frozen corn
1 can diced tomatoes & chilies
½ C salsa
2 cloves garlic, mincedDSC02278
½ C onion
½ C sweet bell peppers
1 C water
1 can (19 oz) enchilada sauce
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
2 C cheese
*leave the turkey out for a vegetarian optionDSC02281


Cook the ground turkey until browned through. Drain the grease and place in slow cooker.

Add in uncooked quinoa, drained and rinsed black beans, frozen corn, tomatoes & chilies (undrained), salsa, and minced garlic.

Dice the onion and bell pepper and add to slow cooker. Jalapenos are a good option here, too!

Add in water, enchilada sauce, chili powder and cumin.DSC02284

Stir everything together. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours (depending on your crock pot!) or until all the liquid is absorbed.

Once the mixture is done cooking, stir it again. Add in cheese and other desired toppings (like lime juice!).

Serve as is, or wrap in tortillas and smother with more cheese and sauce for a traditional enchilada. I recommend putting it on a bed of arugula and topping it off with fresh avocado!




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