This yummy Tex-Mex chicken quinoa bake gets spicy, kickin’ flavor from Southwest seasonings and pepperjack cheese.
If you want a yummy detour from typical rice dishes, this Tex-Mex chicken quinoa bake is a must try. It gets full flavor from fajita-style peppers & onions, black beans, and pepperjack cheese. #flavoroverload!
If you haven’t tried quinoa, you don’t know what you’re missing. This recipe was actually my first ever attempt at quinoa, and now I know what I’ve been missing! My entire family RAVED about this dish and labeled it one of the best things they’ve ever eaten. Score!
Since it contains all 8 amino acids, quinoa is both a grain AND a complete protein, making it a super healthy alternative to rice. It is similar in texture to brown rice but fluffier and takes half as long to cook. It is gluten free and loaded with health benefits, so what’s not to love?
White quinoa has the most neutral, easy-to-love flavor — start with this one if you’ve never tried quinoa before. Red and black are bolder and “earthier” in flavor. I bought my quinoa from The Fresh Market, but any simple white quinoa will work.
This recipe makes a huge amount; we had leftovers for two days. Interestingly, my folks loved the leftovers~they reheated beautifully in the microwave (we added a smidgen of water before reheating).
Tex-Mex seasonings: If you are a Tex-Mex fan, Penzey’s seasonings has fabuluous options. My faves are Arizona seasoning, fajita seasoning, and all the taco seasonings. Note: Even though I love Penzey’s seasonings, I don’t love the politcal rants of the Penzey’s owner in the mailers. For this reason, I unsubscribed from all mailings and only buy seasonings when I need them.
Please let me know if you make this and how your family likes it. I love hearing from readers, so feel free to leave comments. Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!