I used Trader Joe’s enchilada sauce, FYI. Thanks for the comment . Almost like a turkey chilli? The recipes inspired me to take down that old crock pot after about a year of non-use. Unfortunately I do think this would get mushy sitting for a couple of hours; quinoa tends to do that! Just curious if it would be more watery. Putting it in pitas and tacos sounds delicious . I'm always looking for new ways to add different grains to my meals. When this dish is all done (the quinoa is cooked and the squash is tender), it may be a little soup-y looking. Such a great preparation for quinoa, sounds like a very comforting dinner . Thanks! Will definitely make again, thank you! Snap a picture and show us what you made on Instagram or Facebook. Basically I’m not sure the moral of the story. Has anyone tried freezing leftovers? I'm not even kidding. It was so good!! I love butternut squash, though my husband isn’t really a fan of it! Jacob, I would recommend searching the internet for a recipe for homemade taco seasoning and homemade enchilada sauce and using the same amount of the homemade versions as indicated in the recipe . Points Plus 7 Great job girly! I wouldn’t add more than 1-2 breasts though and you may need to slightly increase the liquid. Wow. Spray your slow cooker with nonstick spray. Thanks for your kind comment! Also it did take a solid nearly 5 hours to cook everything on high. Made this today although I did substitute one of the jars of enchilada sauce for chicken broth. They seem so simple and easy. Vitamin C 19.1 mg Cut it into cubes and place in the slow cooker. Chelsea this looks like such a delicious dinner! Chelsea, this recipe was fantastic and simple (the best combination). I have a 3.5 quart pot. Sugar 6.5 g Thank you so much for sharing! In fact, it’s really just an open the cans and drop em in the slow cooker kind of meal. Thanks for the comment . and couldn't wait to try it. Excuse me as I check out those fajitas too! So glad this was enjoyed! ), chopped butternut squash, enchilada sauce, taco seasoning mix, and water; then STIR. You may have answered this but there are too many comments to scroll through. is a serving? I would eat it next time with more cheese and crushed tortilla chips! Allow the liquid to absorb while on low for another 30 minutes or until mostly absorbed. I haven’t personally tried it in the instant pot yet, hopefully someone else can chime in here to help out! Total Carbohydrate 57.2 g A packet of taco seasoning generally holds about 2 tablespoons. Slow Cooker Mexican Quinoa packed with quinoa, black beans, pinto beans, tomatoes, and zucchini is a healthy and easy dish that can be used in a million ways. Aren’t slow cooker recipes the best? FOLLOW ALONG! Haha! We loved it! Here you'll find my family's favorite recipes my two little boys and I have created together. So glad to hear you liked it . 2 cups? Keep it up please! Cook on low for 3-4 hours. Nutrition Facts Definitely try it again though with just one can (perhaps mild?) I haven’t ever tried to freeze the leftovers so I can’t say for sure, but I do know others have successfully frozen some of my other quinoa slow cooker meals… sorry to not be of more help! I’d recommend maybe try using ONE 28-oz can of red enchilada sauce. Luckily he flashed his cute smile and all was fine in the world for then. Slow Cooker Mexican Quinoa Nutrition Facts Serving Size 1 Recipe total Servings 8 Calories 298 Total Fat 1.86 g Saturated Fat 0.35g Monosaturated Fat 0.44g Polysaturated Fat 1.07g … It was so good and my whole family even the LO’s ate tons of it. Thank you so much for your kind comment! I’ll admit I changed the recipe a bit. Thanks for the comment Nat! It had just the right amount of spice. The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method. Beautiful styling and photos. You are so good at these, Chelsea. Just drain it off or serve it with a slotted spoon. Hi Krista! Nicely spicy but not too hot for the more timid members of the family. Also letting the mixture sit without the lid helps absorb any extra liquid. I’m not sure the exact cup amount (I’ve never measured it with cups), but if you divide the entire dish into 8 equal parts each part is 1 serving. Needed to be stirred often. Yeah it would be him. Are there are few other spices i could substitute instead? I made this last week, but I added a pound of my homemade chicken chorizo (cooked first), and it was fantastic! Search my 1,000+ recipes to find exactly what you’re looking for. Glad to hear you tried this! I haven’t ever tried quinoa in the slow cooker! If you end up trying this again maybe try a milder enchilada sauce or replace some of the sauce with water or chicken broth; hope that helps! This is a five star! Could you clarify the serving size? I’d love to try this and also the quinoa soup recipe – but I stay clear of the ready-made sauces and spice mixes and only use non-processed ingredients. ), you can switch out the beans, leave off the jalapeno, add bell peppers, more/different spices, you name it! It is very easy for someone who loves spicy (Me!) Great flavor, very filling, and healthy! Pinned! But, you used squash, which I ADORE! Hi, I was just wondering if you have ever tried cooking this on low for longer? FYI – Trader Joe’s stuff tends to be spicy. Thanks in advance for your time and wonderful recipes. Spicy my butt! If it helps, I used Old El Paso mild enchilada sauce and it was perfect. Cook on high 2.5 - 4 hours until the quinoa is cooked and not mushy. I hope you love this dish! I generally cook slow cooker quinoa dishes on high, because the quinoa always seems to cook better for me. What would you recommend as substitutes ? Add in the corn, drained and rinsed black beans, rinsed quinoa (I rinse mine in a fine mesh sieve), minced garlic, undrained fire-roasted petite diced tomatoes, diced jalapeno (if desired), the 2 cans of enchilada sauce (make sure you have the right ounce amount - these are the large cans), the vegetable or chicken broth, and the packet of taco seasoning. I have the same question, wondering if I should just cut the recipe in half because it might make too much, Thx for the quick reply, I’m in trader joes buying stuff now. Pinky promise. Thanks For the commenters that are saying it is too spicy, I didn’t think it was particularly spicy at all. . (I love quinoa, but my darling doesn’t.). I’m a new butternut convert. I haven’t tried a homemade version in this so I’m not sure how the flavor will be (too spicy or too mild?) Thanks! And I love the addition of the jalapeno! I’ve only seen one size at my store so I’m wondering how many total ounces I need. It was delicious! I’ve always loved it in ravioli and soup but we’ve been roasting it and it’s so good! Directions. Great to hear that!! I just came across you site and am bookmarking every recipe i read it seems! But I think I might be able to trick him into eating this quinoa dish with all of those delicious mexican flavors! Slow Cooker Mexican Quinoa packed with quinoa, black beans, pinto beans, tomatoes, and zucchini is a healthy and easy dish that can be used in a million ways. Had this for dinner tonight, it was delicious! I know they can be omitted, but some recipes just don’t hold up without them. Be sure to rinse the quinoa first and spray the inside of your Instant Pot with cooking spray to keep it from sticking to the sides. . Substitutions are quite easy as well. Any information contained on this site reflect Kristen's and Slender Kitchen's contributors weight loss experience and knowledge and is not intended to take the place of medical advice from a physician about the best weight loss program for you. Not only did he LOVE the squash, but I’m pretty sure the husband is more obsessed with it than I am. Thanks for this great go-to recipe! I was worried the sweet potatoes wouldn’t come out tender enough, but the 30 minutes on low sealed the deal. Very good -My family loved it.. Sometimes, that is one of my best friends. Hello, this looks amazing and I’m excited to try. Calories 298 leave me a comment below. Then dump in the rinsed quinoa, rinsed /drained black beans, frozen or fresh corn, petite diced tomatoes (do the fire roasted, yum! So glad you loved this and it makes the semi-weekly schedule . I am so eager to try this!!! Top bowls with optional toppings - some shredded cheese, fresh lime juice, sour cream, and cilantro is what we love! I believe something like sweet potatoes would be a great substitution for the squash! Anyway. I also want to thank you from those of us with onion sensitivities that this does not contain onion (except for what is in the enchilada sauce and taco seasoning). I live in China so find it tough to get enchilada sauce and taco seasoning. Thanks so much for this recipe , I’m so happy you’ve enjoyed this recipe Meghan!! It smells amazing and I’m sure will taste great, but it did end up kind of as one big moosh. When I started dating my husband, just guess who said he hated butternut squash?