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I could easily eat Mexican food every day for the rest of my life. Chips and salsa have always been staples at my house. Whether it is meeting up with some friends for margaritas or drowning my sorrows with some Queso to go, Mexican inspired dishes are definitely my comfort food.

Unfortunately, it is not always easy to be health conscious while I place my order for the enchiladas, which are my favorite. I decided to find a dish that was easy to make, but I could still get some good nutrients. This recipe fits all my criteria. I made it after work and have been looking forward to eating my left overs at lunch every day! 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 (10-ounce) can Old El Paso™ mild enchilada sauce
  • 1 (4.5-ounce) can Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles, drained
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels, frozen, canned or roasted
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large saucepan of 2 cups water, cook quinoa according to package instructions; set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil an 8×8 or 2 quart baking dish or coat with nonstick spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, enchilada sauce, green chiles, corn, black beans, cilantro, cumin and chili powder; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.
  4. Spread quinoa mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top with remaining cheeses. Place into oven and bake until bubbly and cheeses have melted, about 15 minutes.
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