Turkey Black Bean Quinoa Bake

To save time, prep the ingredients and start on the onions and peppers while the quinoa is cooking.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt
  • 3 cups shredded, chopped cooked turkey
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups onion, chopped
  • 2 bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup frozen corn, defrosted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (chipotle chili powder if available), less or more to taste
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 cups grated cheddar cheese, divided 2 cups and 1 cup


1 Cook the quinoa: Cook the quinoa according to package directions. Typically package directions ask you to put 1 cup of quinoa with 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt into a pot, bringing it to a boil, reduce to a very low simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Then remove from heat and fluff with a fork.

2 Cook peppers and onions: Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Add the onions and the bell peppers and cook until softened and browned at the edges, about 10 minutes.


3 Add garlic, spices, corn: Add the garlic, cumin, chili powder, and corn, and cook a minute more. Remove from heat.


4 Place the cooked quinoa, black beans, onion mixture, cilantro, 2 cups of grated cheddar cheese, and cooked turkey in a large bowl. Toss to combine.


5 Top with cheese and bake: Place in a casserole dish. Sprinkle the top with remaining 1 cup of cheddar cheese, and bake at 350°F uncovered for 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

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  • Andreina

    Hi Elise,

    Thanks a bunch for this recipe, not only was it super delicious but a lot of fun to “play” with! :)

    I used fresh ground turkey, fried it with all the seasonings along with the onion ,garlic, and since I can’t eat bell peppers, put in a can of green chilies. Then, I got “crazy” with the spices, and threw in some turmeric, curry, ground coriander seed and yellow mustard just for fun. The real kicker that tied it all together for me was the smoked paprika, oh yay….

    Plus, I added some grated Parmesan, and also some fresh diced cauliflower.

    Wow wee was this scrumptious! I cook only for myself, but I froze some for my son for later.



  • MJ

    Is there a good substitute I could use for the cilantro? My husband would love everything about this recipe except he has a hatred for cilantro…

    • Elise Bauer

      Hi MJ, sure! Try chopped up baby arugula instead of the cilantro. I like adding it to my tacos so I think its pepperiness should work well here.

  • Maryh

    Love this recipe made with either turkey or chicken. I added in a can of Rotel with veggies and seve with chopped avocados


  • Eric

    I made this and it did not hold together at all and does not look at all like the picture. The cheese disappeared into the quinoa. I followed the recipe pretty much, except I added extra quinoa. But even with the extra quinoa, it tasted pretty cheesy. I might as well have just stirred everything together on the stove top instead of taking the extra step to bake it if it was just going to fall apart. It was tasty, but I do not think I will bother baking next time.


  • Faye Johnson

    Do you need to rinse quinoa? I have never fixed it.

    • Elise Bauer

      Depends on the brand. Check the box and if it says to rinse it, then you need to rinse it.

  • Amee E

    I made this tonight with taco seasoning. So good!


  • Nadia

    Sounds delicious. We cannot get black beans in France, believe me, I have looked. I am going to try it with white beans. Will let you know how it turns out.

    • Alisa

      Have you looked at Iherb.com? When I lived in S. Korea that website saved my life!

    • Sue

      Bio C’Bon carries canned black beans! I get them there all the time

  • Jane

    Would chicken subsitute well? And what seasonings would go along with it? It sounds great!

    • Elise Bauer

      Hi Jane, yes chicken would work great. No need to change anything else.

  • Arcey

    I was just going to ask the same question about the oven temp. I figured it was 350°. (I just copied and pasted your temp above, since I don’t know how to get the degree symbol without looking it up. :) )

    I just finished making this for a potluck tonight. I added a few things to stretch it, and because I had them handy. I diced some zucchini, and had a couple of overripe tomatoes that made their way in too. Also had about a third of a can left of chicken broth in the fridge, so that went in as well. It tastes very good already, just all mixed together in a bowl, before topping with cheese and baking. Thanks for another easy, tasty, good looking recipe. :)

  • Josee Houde

    I made this for my family tonight, it was a huge hit! Delicious!