Vegetarian Quinoa Bake


Total Time:

45 minutes



Vegetarian Quinoa Bake!! OMG there is nothing I love more than throwing everything into a skillet and topping it with cheese and baking until perfection. IT’S SO EASY.

Vegetarian Quinoa Bake from (@whatsgabycookin)

I mean, based on the title alone we’re all on board right? This beauty is piled high with quinoa, something I usually have leftovers of so it’s easy to whip it into something new, tons of my salsa (pick your favorite from the chipotle salsa, tomatillo salsa or a guacamole starter. I added some beans and corn because it seemed like the right thing to do and then added the cheese and herbs. Game over. It’s perfect for a quick weeknight meal and naturally, it doubles as leftovers!! Yes please 🙂

Vegetarian Quinoa Bake

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Gaby Dalkin
Prep Time:
5 minutes
Cook Time:
40 minutes
Total Time:
45 minutes
Main Course
Tex Mex


  • 1 ½ cups uncooked multi-colored quinoa
  • 2 cups shredded colby jack cheese divided
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese divided
  • 1 cup canned black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen charred corn trader joes
  • 1 4.5-ounce can chopped green chiles
  • 1 ½ cup Gaby's chipotle or tomatillo salsa
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • Finely chopped scallions and cilantro as garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Cook the quinoa according to the package directions. Once cooked, remove from heat and transfer the cooked quinoa into a large bowl.
  • Fold in 1 1/2 cups of the shredded colby jack cheese, ½ cup of the shredded mozzarella, black beans, corn, green chiles and salsa. Season the entire mixture with salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  • Lightly spray a medium sized skillet with non-stick spray, and transfer the mixture into the skillet. Top with the remaining shredded cheeses and bake for about 20-25 minutes until the top layer of cheese is bubbly and melted.
  • Remove the baking dish from the oven and garnish with green onions and cilantro and serve.
Vegetarian Quinoa Bake: Chef Vision

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking

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  1. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    One skillet meals are much needed in my house! I get so tired by the end of the day and dinner is a little lacking sometimes. Lol. This has all my favs. And I always have leftover quinoa! Yay!

  2. HungerRhi

    Made this tonight. So good! I added some meatless crumbles to the top for some extra protein!

  3. Whitney

    Yum! This looks amazing! Is the amount of quinoa the amount of cooked or uncooked I should start with?

    • Elise

      Wondering the same thing. About to make it with it being the uncooked amount- will write back and let you know how that went!

  4. Peppa

    Defeated the purpose of a “vegetarian” quinoa bake by including a can of turkey chili…took every ounce of will power to remove myself from the skillet this morning so I could go to work. DELICIOUS!!!

  5. Heather

    Yum! Just made this for dinner and there’s only a tiny bit of leftovers. So easy to prep and so filling for a vegetarian meal. Still trying to get my little ones on board w quinoa, but they at least ate a few bites. And we topped w avocado slices

  6. Tom

    Was a little distracted when I prepared over the weekend, but fam enjoyed meal. Did seem a little dry though. As I drifted off to sleep, I realized I had left out the salsa. D’oh! Was still pretty good without, brought the taste of the quinoa out more.

  7. Valerie

    So excited about this recipe, but I made it with 1.5 cups uncooked quinoa, as commenters above suggested, and it was WAY too much and didn’t look like the photo — Gaby, what’s the right proportion? Thanks, love your recipes!

    • Gaby Dalkin

      Hey Valerie! I make it all the time and it is indeed 1 1/2 cups of uncooked quinoa / 3 cups of cooked quinoa!

  8. Anne

    Omg, this is delicious……will make again, over and over…….while at Trader Joe’s to get the roasted corn, I picked up several items from your recommended list….the chocolate covered honey Grahams are awesome, thanks for the tip!!