Cheesy Black Bean + Quinoa Taco Bake.


Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 of a large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 jalapeƱos, seeded + chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika or regular paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • a good pinch of cayenne pepper (more or less to your taste)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (use 2 1/12 cups for a larger dish)
  • 2 cups cooked black beans, rinsed and drained if using canned
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 cup Mexican beer or water (I used I used Negra Modelo)
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips
  • 1/3 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 cup sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup fontina cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 head butter lettuce, chopped
  • queso fresco, crumbled
  • blue or yellow corn tortilla chips