Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa

Healthy, easy Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa. Just set it and forget it for a cheesy, protein-packed crock pot meal the whole family will love!

Slow cooking minimizes your time in the kitchen while maximizing dinner compliments! Try Slow Cooker Honey BBQ Beef BrisketSlow Cooker Spicy Cashew Chicken, and Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef  to be sure 😉

Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa

This may very well be my new favorite dish of all time. And if not all time, certainly the past 93 hours.  That means it’s competing with Mom’s Christmas ham – shh! don’t tell.

Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa

Sometimes (read: pretty much every day of my life) I need an easy, practically zero-work recipe that I know I can count on to be absolutely 100% delicious to feed my Mexican food obsession. Slow cooker enchilada quinoa, you are heaven sent. Literally five minutes of prep means I can forget it for a few hours and come back when it’s ready to be devoured.

Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa

See that picture up there? ^^^ There’s a lot of yum happening in that crock pot and it lasted us several days since there’s just two of us in this here humble abode, which means leftovers for dayzzz and I could not be more happy about that. If there’s one thing I love more than freshly made cheesy quinoa smothered in enchilada sauce and stuffed with corn and black beans, it’s one or two day old cheesy quinoa smothered in enchilada sauce and stuffed with corn and black beans.

I ate this stuff for breakfast. Yes. Cheesy enchilada quinoa for breakfast. It’s a thing that will be happening again friends.

Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa

Now who wants the first bite??

Too late! That’ll be miiine……

Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa

What people are saying about this Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa

“I threw this together last night and put it in the fridge. I started it in the morning around 7:00 and turned it off at 2:30- it was a fantastic dinner tonight! I added pieces of avocado, some sliced black olives, and a dollop of light sour cream. I’ve already passed this on to two friends and will definitely make this again!” – Bettina

“I’ve been in love with this recipe since I saw the picture. It’s almost dinner time and I snuck a taste…..YUMMY! Serving with tortilla rolls and chips for those that don’t want to eat it like a chili. Amazing post. THANK YOU!” – Anilise

“Made this over spring break for some of my friends since we were all taking classes and needed a little cheering up. I was worried cause it was me cooking for three guys, but they didn’t even question the lack of meat. They used it as burrito filling and they all got thirds, and then they knocked on my door the next morning and invited themselves in for leftovers. Great recipe, really really yummy, easy to make, and great flavors. It’s a crowd pleaser for sure.” – Elisa

“Made this last night and it was sooo good! I browned some ground turkey and dumped that in, too, and it turned out amazingly well! You weren’t kidding when you said leftovers for daysssss because I have enough for me to eat for the next 5 meals (and I could not be happier about that!)!! Thanks for the awesome recipe!” – Lauren 

Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa
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Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa

Healthy, easy enchilada quinoa made right in the crock pot. Just set it and forget it for a cheesy, protein-packed meal.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword beans, enchilada, quinoa
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tiffany


  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can yellow corn, drained and rinsed
  • 2 15-ounce cans mild or medium red enchilada sauce, divided
  • 1 15-ounce can diced fire roasted tomatoes and green chiles
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste (I used about 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper)
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican style cheese
  • optional: chopped cilantro, diced tomatoes, diced avocado, sour cream


  • Add beans, corn, 1 can of enchilada sauce, diced tomatoes and chiles, quinoa, water, cream cheese, and salt and pepper to the slow cooker. Stir everything together.
  • Pour remaining can of enchilada sauce on top, then sprinkle with shredded cheese. Cover and cook 4-5 hours on high or 5-7 hours on low.
  • Uncover, top with tomatoes, avocados, sour cream, and chopped cilantro and serve.


*For added flavor, I like to add 1 teaspoon each cumin and garlic powder.


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Mmm that sounds fab! Love how easy it is 🙂

Yes, please. This definitely sounds like a winner!

This looks so good. I’d totally eat it for breakfast too! pinned!

Wow this looks so easy but full of flavour! I totally need this in my life for my Mexican food obsession too haha

How much garlic powder and cumin and when is the 4 oz of cream cheese added?

    Whoops! Sorry about that, I fixed the typo. 🙂

      hmm… don’t see it

      I don’t see cumin or garlic any where and I am reading it now.

        It’s in the notes!

This look great! When do you add the cream cheese?

    Whoops! Fixed that. It goes in step one. 🙂


Recipe doesn’t state how much garlic powder or cumin to add and also when to add the cream cheese. Please update.

    Sorry about that – I fixed it! 🙂

This looks so good. can you tell me how much cumin and garlic powder you added? It’s mentioned in th text but not listed in the ingredients. Thank you

    Hi Paula! I updated that in the recipe notes 🙂

Great recipe for the cold Winter nights.

Has anyone tried adding chicken or ground turkey to the recipe?

    I did and it was delicious! I browned some ground turkey and seasoned it with taco seasoning.

do you think there’s room in the crockpot to double this??

    I bet you could! 🙂

Does this work well doubled in a 6 quart slow cooker?

    I haven’t doubled it but it would probably work!

I threw this together last night and put it in the fridge. I started it in the morning around 7:00 and turned it off at 2:30- it was a fantastic dinner tonight! I added pieces of avocado, some sliced black olives, and a dollop of light sour cream. I’ve already passed this on to two friends and will definitely make this again!

Do you put the uncooked quinoa into the slow cooker? Or do you cook it first then add it?


    Yep, put the uncooked quinoa in the slow cooker – it will cook with everything else, it’s awesome!

If I wanted to add chicken or turkey to this would I just need to put it in raw from the beginning?

    Hi Sarah, you could add it at the beginning. You could either add diced or chopped pieces in at the beginning, or you could add whole chicken breasts (I would place them on the bottom of the pot and add everything on top) and then just kind of fish them out at the end with tongs or a fork and then shred them with two forks before adding right back to the pot and giving it a good stir. 🙂

I’ve been in love with this recipe since I saw the picture. It’s almost dinner time and I snuck a taste…..YUMMY! Serving with tortilla rolls and chips for those that don’t want to eat it like a chili. Amazing post. THANK YOU!

I made this for the AFC Championship game yesterday and it was a huge hit! So delicious and very easy and quick prep.

This recipe looks great. Have you tried adding chicken? If so, did it work?

I can’ taw it to try this. Is there any harm in letting it go longer than 7 hours? We would be out of the house for about 10…

    *can’t wait

      Jana did it turn out okay? I am going to be gone for about 10-11 hours. Don’t want it to burn!

        Looks so good..cant wait to try it…can you tell me thw nutritional part of iy? Need to know calories per serving and protein

          Hi Sheila – I don’t have the nutrition stats but you can get them easily at where you can plug in a web URL for a recipe and it will give you the nutritional info!

    As long as it’s on low I think you should be okay! 🙂

I made this today and it’s amazing!! I was just wondering how many calories per serving this is. Thank you.

    Hi Cathy! I’m not sure of the nutrition stats for this particular recipe – I would recommend – it’s my favorite resource for calculating nutrition stats!

    Its around 515 calories per serving

We made this today and love it!!!! Do you know how many calories are in a serving? I could add it up of course but I’m being lazy

I am dairy free, and soy free, so don’t use cream cheese at all. Would it work without it?

    Yep it should work okay! 🙂


If I doubled recipe, how much time would this add to the total cook time?

    Maybe 1-2 hours. The great thing is that if it gets done a while before you’re ready to serve dinner, you can just switch the crockpot to “warm” and it will stay warm without burning. 🙂

Do you have nutrition facts for this recipe?

    Hi Rachel! You know I don’t have them off-hand but when I need to get nutrition stats for a recipe I use it’s sooo easy to use and I feel like it’s pretty accurate!

how do you think adding some browed ground beef to this would go?? Or chicken?

    I’ve had some comments from other readers with success adding in meat! If you’re doing ground chicken or beef, I’d just brown it up on the stove for a couple of minutes and then throw it into the crockpot with all of the ingredients at the beginning! 🙂

I made this for dinner tonight and it was soooo good! Wow! It was so easy to prepare too. A new favorite dish for sure. Thanks for sharing!

Making this for a friend’s bday lunch at work and can’t wait! Do you chunk up the cream cheese or try and soften it to mix with the other ingredients before turning the crockpot on or does it take care of itself and mix in well enough while cooking?
Looks awesome, thanks for the recipe!

    Hi Sarah! Just put the whole block in with the other ingredients, then give it a good stir at the end and it should be perfect!

Is yellow corn sweet corn? x

    Hi Alison – yellow corn sometimes has “sweet yellow corn” on the label – any yellow corn is fine!

Made this tonight for dinner.. and it was delicious! Before adding the remaining sauce and cheese, I cooked it on high for 3 hours, stirred it a couple times while cooking, and then put the remaining enchilada sauce and cheese on top and let it cook on low for another hour. I split it up into 7 servings and I calculated it out to around 350 calories per serving (using full fat cream cheese).

Made this over spring break for some of my friends since we were all taking classes and needed a little cheering up. I was worried cause it was me cooking for three guys, but they didn’t even question the lack of meat. They used it as burrito filling and they all got thirds, and then they knocked on my door the next morning and invited themselves in for leftovers. Great recipe, really really yummy, easy to make, and great flavors. It’s a crowd pleaser for sure .

    Ha! Your story reminds me of my freshman-sophomore years in college. We had a group of guys who would stop in and we’d feed them nearly every day!! I don’t know how we kept up with their appetites haha. So glad you and your friends all loved this – it’s honestly one of my very favorite recipes! 🙂

So delicious! Thanks for sharing!

Made this for dinner tonight and it was AMAZING! I’m newly vegetarian and I try to go vegan as much as possible. I subbed out vegan cream cheese and stuck with the one cup of real mexican cheese. I seriously started eating it right out of the crock pot. Next time, I’m going to try using some vegan cheese in it as well and see how it turns out. It was a bit spicy for my kids, so I may try plain diced tomatoes as well. WINNER!

Made this last night and it was soo good! I browned some ground turkey and dumped that in, too, and it turned out amazingly well! You weren’t kidding when you said leftovers for daysssss because I have enough for me to eat for the next 5 meals (and I could not be happier about that!)!! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

    Ah I’m totally there with you – one of the happiest leftover moments I’ve ever had!! 🙂

Sounds fab! Did anyone calculate the calories who might care to share?

Awesome recipe. I doubled it, and it turned out great. I didn’t think my 4 year old would like it, but he just told me it’s his new favorite 🙂 Thanks for the easy recipe!

I don’t have a slow-cooker so I am wondering if just cooking the quinoa separately would work?Then I was thinking that I’d mix the cooked quinoa with the rest of the ingredients and then pop it into a 350 degree preheated oven until the cheese gets all melty…an enchilada quinoa bake, if you will. Looks amazing btw.

This was SO delicious, thanks for sharing! I love anything that I can throw in the crockpot and forget about for a few hours. I swapped out the sour cream for greek yogurt and added the cumin and garlic powder like you suggested. It tasted just as great the next day as leftovers. Thanks again!

This was awesome! I didn’t have canned corn so used corn salsa, a good plan. Have done with red and green sauce and prefer the green. A great, healthy recipe!! Thank you!

Ack! I’m out of quinoa and I wanted to make this today. Do you think something else might work? Bulgur, couscous, barley, rice?

    Hi Brie, I’ve only made this recipe with quinoa but I think your best bet would be rice?!

Hello. What is the serving size? Is it a cup? Cup and a half?

    Hi Samantha, the serving size is whatever you get when you divide this about 4 ways. I haven’t measured that – sorry!

Flavor was great. I served a slice of fish and corn tortilla on the side for a sort of fish taco. Just know the cream cheese does not disperse during cooking, so you can dice into small chunks around the crock. Definitely making again. I think this would be a great way to make taco salads too!

    5 stars
    For those who were confused about the cream cheese, I just wanted to say that I put it in a bowl and nuked it in the microwave for 20 seconds. Then I tested for softness and nuked it for another 20 seconds. When it was extremely soft, I put it in the slow cooker with all the ingredients and stirred. It mixed in with everything just fine.

Would this freeze well? Looking for something to prep for lunches!

    Hi Jennifer, this should freeze very easily in individual containers!

So, I have all of these ingredients, but only one can of enchilada sauce. Do you think it would still work or should I plan on halving the recipe?

    Without enough liquid the mixture will probably burn… I’d say half it to be safe!

thank you I will be trying this very soon -it sounds wonderful

This is cooking in my crockpot as I write this. I did use myfitnesspal to calculate the macros for this dish. I did add chicken and few other seasonings as well.
6 Servings
Calories: 426
Carbs: 46
Protein: 30
Fat: 14
Iron: 27
Fiber: 9

It will vary depending on the brand you use of course. Hope this helps those who wanted to know. Thank you for a great recipe, I can’t wait to try it!

So I’ve made this recipe multiple times (and had coworkers make it multiple times after passing the recipe onto them) and it is truly one of my FAVORITE go to recipes! I went to prep it this morning and when I went to plug my crock pot in my crock pot broke! I am SO saddened! And now I have the entire dish prepped and in my fridge. I’m not sure if there’s another way to cook it? Do you have any thoughts on how to go about oven baking it? Let me know! I am desperate!

    Nooooooo!!! Oh my gosh that’s the worst!! 🙁 You could try a couple of different things… 1) bake in a covered casserole dish or 2) on the stove in a covered pot over medium-low heat, stirring periodically. Unfortunately I have no idea how long these methods would take but I would assume less time than the crockpot! I’m so sorry about your crockpot – that’s so sad!

    You can always substitute a dutch oven for a crock pot. As long as you aren’t leaving the house.

This looks delicious and I’d like to make it, however, I have a smaller-than-stand slow cooker; it’s only 3 quarts. Would this recipe work, or should I cut it in half?

    Hi Ross! You probably want to half the recipe for a smaller slow cooker!

Delicious. Followed the recipe. Just added two shredded chicken breast. This is a keeper.

Hi could you freeze this? I made too much!

    I’m sure you could!

Delicious! Though I found the dish to be a bit mushy – any suggestions? I paired it with lettuce wraps for a good crunch and it was awesome!

I saw this recipe on Brook: Not on a diet
and decided to give it a try.
Here is my comment I posted on her site:
The Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa is AWESOME!!!!!! We love it. I didn’t read the enchilada sauce label very well and used one medium and one HOT so it was a little spicy but after topping with some light sour cream I didn’t notice it. Plus the next morning I made southwest style scrambled egg beaters and had some of this on the side. So good and didn’t need the sour cream. Will I make this again? ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ps, I used a smaller size can of corn and that worked for us. YUMMMMMMMM!!!!

Do you think you can add more veggies such as bell peppers? Should I saute them beforehand or just add to the bottom of the slow cooker?


    Hi Erin! You could definitely add peppers and I would sauté them first 🙂

Mine looks more like soup than what the picture looks like… Not sure where I went wrong… 🙁

    Hi Janet! Shoot, did you by chance use too much liquid or not cook it long enough for the quinoa to absorb the liquid?

      Maybe too much liquid as the Canadian and American can sizes are different. BUT! I found that the cream cheese didn’t mix in with the rest of it, once I stirred everything together it got much better! 🙂 I’ve had it 4 days in a row now for my work lunches!

Has anyone tried it with brown rice instead of quinoa?

What if you don’t love Enchilada sauce, can you suggest a way to adjust it using tomato sauce?

    Hi Leila,

    You could try using tomato sauce with some Mexican style spices added to give it that Mex flavor??

I doubled this and made it for dinner tonight (7 hrs on low).It is delicious, and I would make it again.

I’ve made this a number of times and everyone loves it! I gave some to a family and they put it in tortillas, but that isn’t all that important. It is filling, has great flavor, and is as easy as it gets. I’ve added chicken to it for the non-vegetarians once or twice as well.

Just make this already!

I made this as a freezer meal. This means that I put all the ingredients (except the shredded cheese and the toppings) into a freezer bag a few weeks ago. I put it into the crockpot today. I was a little leery because I haven’t had much luck with the quinoa in the crockpot. My family and I LOVED it. They didn’t even notice it was meatless. We ate it on tortillas. They reminded us of Chili Cheese burritos that Taco Bell used to serve, only they were much healthier. I realized later I also accidentally omitted the cream cheese, but it was fine with out it (though it may have made the taste more mild). Those looking for the calories and nutritional profile should look to a similar recipe on by Damned Delicious. This recipe is similar, thought it doesn’t include cream cheese.

How many does this serve?

    Serves four. 🙂

Is there a way to substitute verde sauce instead of the red enchilada sauce?

    Hi Madeline, I’m sure you could sub an equal amount of verde sauce – it will change the flavor but I love verde sauce so I bet it would be delicious!

Love love loved! I left out the cream cheese.. Still amazing! Going to use it to top some baked sweet potatoe . The only thing I’ll do different is add more beans/ less quinoa. It was a bit much for me. Delicious !

Love love loved! I left out the cream cheese.. Still amazing! Going to use it to top some baked sweet potatoe . The only thing I’ll do different next time is add more beans/ less quinoa. It was a bit much for me. Delicious !

    I was reading waiting for someone to ask about Verde sauce. I am going to try it.

I saw this recipe yesterday and went to the store to buy the ingredients so that I can make it this weekend. (I can’t wait to try it!!!) I noticed when I got home that the Enchilada sauce that I bought is 19oz. instead of 15oz. Can I use the whole can and omit the water for the quinoa or should I just measure out 15 oz. and use the rest for something else? Thanks!

    Hi Kelly! If you still need help on this, I’d recommend measuring out about 15 ounces. Probably doesn’t need to be exact but I’d just use most of the can and still add the water. 🙂


I made this today after finding the recipe on pinterest. i was so excited to make it , i ran out and retrieved all the ingredients. I did everything right. the only thing i did different maybe was i stirred it around 2.5 hours. The consistency was very, very, very thick. It was also just a solid orange color. I ate some for dinner and it was still great but, i was bummed it didn’t look anything like the photo. The photos it looked more liquidy? it was basically just quinoa with flavor for me 🙂 Still good but, bummed… Any clue on why it would do this?

I made this for a pot luck supper, I made just a few adjustments. It was awesome, this will be one of my favorites. Thank you kindly for sharing and posting. Namaste ¡

This is a good base, but really need some fresh vegetables in it. Added about 1/3 of a head of chopped cauliflower and a zucchini. I also cut the enchilada sauce in half- 1 can was plenty. To make up for the liquid I did only about 2/3 cup of quinoa and added a little bit more water.
I wish I had fresh avocado to top this off- then it would be perfect! It’s like eating a good hearty chilli.

    5 stars
    I wish I would have used less enchilada sauce as well. Too watery for me. Leaving the lid off for a bit to see if some of the water will cook out. Super yummy but, yes I agree with your statement entirely. More veggies for sure. Maybe even more beans. Mentioning it on my page though 🙂

Really glad I made this tonight. It looks just like your pictures and serves plenty! I am impressed with the flavor considering how simple it was to throw together. We added the cumin and garlic powder as you suggested. don’t even miss the meat! Thanks for sharing!

Loved the enchilada quinoa. What a unique idea and a great way to get my Mexican craving filled without going crazy on calories and carbs! I followed the recipe exactly, except I used pinto beans rather than black beans. I’m thinking next time I might add more beans and maybe skip the corn or keep the corn, who knows, guess it would depend on my mood! Thanks for this fabulous SUPER DUPER easy slow cooker recipe.

I’m not a huge “leave a comment” person but I must say this is worthy of saying so! . I’ve never made Quinoa before so unsure of what to expect but this stuff is DEVINE!! I just finished the last serving of the first batch I made and tomorrow I’m planning on making this AGAIN. I didn’t add the cumin or garlic and personally don’t feel it needs it. It tastes great on it’s own. However my husband (who prefers a deep flavor profile) would have added more flavor had he been left alone with it ;p I’ve already shared this recipe with 2 friends.
My hubby suggested adding a protein (chicken) and at some point I’ll prob try it but as it stands it is absolutely incredible!

Thank you so much for this!

This looks incredible! Always looking for new ways to use the slow cooker. I wonder how red or rainbow quinoa would look in this recipe? Thank goodness for Pinterest!

Um holy crap this is amazing!! You know its good when a 2 year old who is going through a pb+j only phase eats 2 bowlfuls cold! Thank you a million times!

I made this Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa yesterday, and it is DELICIOUS!!!! My husband gave the ultimate compliment, “This stuff tastes like it’s bad for you!”
Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe!

Hi, I just made this for the first time. Delicious. But mine came out rather watery/soupy. I had a feeling this was going to be the case as I put it together. When I was adding the last can of Enchilada sauce it didn’t layer but rather just sunk down into the first layer. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you!

    Made this tonight for a potluck dinner tomorrow. How did yours turn out? Maybe it only need 1 15oz can of enchilada instead of 2 cans? Just wondering.

This looks delicious! I’d love to make it, but I am in Australia and although I know what an enchilada is, I am not familiar with “enchilada sauce”. Is it like jar salsa sauce? Thank you! x

    No, it comes in a can. Closer to canned tomatoes sauce but not enough that you could substitute it. I live in Canada and we found it right with the Other canned goods. It was overpricd though. Over $10 for one. I dont know what that is in australian money.I have a smaller crackpot though so I just used 1 can anyway and it worked out fine.

    If you can’t find the cans or they are too expensive – look up recipes for homemade enchilada sauce – few more steps and INGREDIENTS but the end result is worth it!

5 stars
Hi Tiffany!

This looks absolutely delicious! How many quarts does your crockpot hold? I am buying a crockpot just to make this dish, so I don’t want to get one too small.


Just started this so I’ll find out how it is in 7 hours but like another reviewer my second enchilada sauce just sunk in.. Is that supposed to happen? I thought it would sit on top? I wondered about the sauce – the recipe calls for two 15 Oz cans but El paso come in 10oz or 1lb 3oz (19 oz) so I ended up using a big and small. Wondering if maybe it was supposed to be 2 10oz cans? But no one else has questioned it so maybe I just bought the wrong ones?

    5 stars
    Made this many times since – i now stick to 2 10oz cans of sauce and it still sinks a bit but i’m guessing the top layer with cheese is just for nice display cause it still comes out DELICIOUS no matter which way we do it. I replace the Tomatoes and CHili Can with JUST Fire Roasted Tomatoes so It’s not too SPICY for the kids. Top it with some AVOCADO -So yum!

I was interested in learning about this recipe, but this website is so overloaded with ads, I could barely see the content. Your ads are overwhelming!

5 stars
The Slow Cooker Quinoa Enchiladas were super easy to prepare, extremely filling, and very yummy. I divided it up into 4 servings and it was a good amount of calories, but the trade off is the meal really satisfying and sticks with you for a long time. I’m a vegetarian, and I really appreciate the amount of protein in the dish. This meal will be added to our rotation–it is excellent

I did not expect for this to have much flavor, but I thought I would give it a shot. My mom is a vegetarian and my parents were coming for dinner. I have a nine month old, so I just wanted to throw something in the slow cooker. I found this recipe after Google searching “vegetarian slow cooker recipes”.

Ho. Lee. Moly.

This turned out amazing! Lots of protein and oodles of flavor. The only change I made to the recipe is that I added chili powder because I was afraid it would need more flavor, but it really didn’t need it. Next time I will leave it out. We ate it with tortilla chips, sour cream and fresh avocado chunks. I doubled the recipe so that there would be plenty for five people, and I didn’t need to. TONS of leftovers.

The only thing I would do differently: next time, I will cook for three hours, give it a stir, and THEN add the cheese on top and finish cooking. The cream cheese needed to be stirred into it better, so I ended up just stirring the cheese and all into it. It tasted good, but it would be a prettier dish if it could be scooped out with cheese on top (like the photo).

Thank you for a great vegetarian recipe! We will definitely make this again and again.

This might be a silly question, but… Do you think after this is cooked, it would be freezable?

God! That’ss not even mexican food… it may be delicious but NOT MEXICAN.

Does this matter on what size crockpot I have? I have a 5-7 quart crockpot.

    That should work just fine. 🙂

      Hi Tiffany, I have a 2qt, can I divide this recipe by 2?

        That should probably work!

5 stars
Fixed this for dinner tonight. Turned out perfect. I added chicken halfway through. I browned and shredded first. Topped with sour cream, avocado, and cilantro. Will definitely fix again! Quick and simple. The texture was perfect. I know others were saying theirs turned out soupy. I drained beans and corn as recipe instructed. 🙂

5 stars
Really awesome recipe! I loved it. The only thing I would change for next time would be to add the cheese on top a couple hours before its done rather than add it at the beginning.

5 stars
I’m a pescatarian, and I don’t care for enchiladas usually.
I’m also a terrible terrible cook. My meals are usually premade or microwave.
Now I know I can’t really take credit since making this was pretty much me throwing canned items in a crock pot (first recipe I ever made in a crock pot) but it was the best food item that ever came out of my doing and it really does take five minutes or less! (Depending on how good your can opener is haha!)
Thanks for the great recipe 🙂 can’t wait to try more!

5 stars
I made this yesterday and it was delicious! I added a few chicken breasts to the bottom of the crockpot and shredded them up before serving. My honey was sceptical at first but raved over it after the first bite! He said, “You’re gonna have to make this again!” We ate looking forward to leftovers tonight!

Just made a rendition of this with homemade enchilafda sauce. It is delicious! Thanks for the inspiration. I baked this one but I want to try it in the slow cooker next time.

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I made this for dinner last week and absolutely loved it – incredibly easy and we had a ton of leftovers to feast on for days! Thank you!

I wasn’t so excited to try this recipe and it did not turn out well 🙁 I’m hoping you can give me some guidance. This is only the second time I’ve used my crock pot haha. I followed the recipe exactly, and left it cooking on low while I was at work (7 hours). When I got home and checked on it, it was very very soupy, but also burned around the edges (I didn’t think that would happen on “low”!) Maybe I need to use more quinoa, I’m not sure. Any tips are appreciated.
Thanks! –G

    4 stars
    I made this in the instant pot and it turned out pretty good. I only added half the enchilada sauce because it looked like too much. And i added a 2nd can of beans. Cooked for 1 min, then npr. Then saute and add the cream cheese, which was good because some of the quinoa was not quite cooked, so this let it finish cooking. Added the shredded cheese at the table.

      Thank you for your input!

That was supposed to say I WAS excited to try it! Oops 🙂

My macho, 280lb meat-lovin’ hubby and I both have this listed at our top favorite meals I make! I add 4 thin-sliced chicken breasts at the bottom before adding everything else. Then shred before serving. It is soooo good!!!

    5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious and so easy! Thank you!

Can I do this with rice instead of quinoa? Will it work the same? I don’t have any quinoa on hand. Thanks.

Can I replace cream cheese with plain greek yogurt?!

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I have made this twice and it is seriously so stinking good. My husband, a tried and true southern with an appetite for plain meat dishes even likes it and requests it. We put sautéed shrimp in the recipe, which my husband liked, but I prefer it meatless. SOOOO yummy. I am adding bell pepper this time around (currently in the crockpot) and we will see how it turns out! Thanks for the bomb recipe!

Is the cream cheese necessary? I didn’t add it. Thank you. I added chopped red onion as well.

Will a 4qt slow cooker be ok to use?

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Has anyone tried substituting the cream cheese with mashed avocado and lime juice? My 19 year old has gone vegan and I can’t find vegan cream cheese in our local shop. I’ve heard that it makes a good sub but I was curious if anyone had actually tried it “veganized” yet! 😊
As a side note: we’ve made this previously as per the recipe and it was a huge hit!!!

    I haven’t tried that in this recipe, but it should be really good, as both of those things will complement the Mexican flavors really well 🙂 Also, if you are still unsure, I see many people have tried this totally without the cream cheese, and it’s turned out good for them.

    Anyway, good luck! If you try that substitute, let us know how it goes! Sounds healthier anyway 😊

    I make this with vegan cream cheese and it’s awesome!!! It does exactly what I expect dairy cream cheese would do …gets melty and yummy. I secretly did for the chunks of cream cheese.

    I eat it with corn chips the day I make it. The next two days (it’s a bit thicker) my husband has lunch burritos with the leftovers. He actually requests his meal, which I’m grateful for when the kids have me running them all over town with after school stuff.

I’ve made this so many times since I found the recipe several weeks ago, and it’s become a weekly meal for us. It’s amazing! Flavor is incredible. I make it as it says (though I don’t normally add the optional spices or optional ingredients). But that’s what I like about this though is that you can really add anything additional you’d like, though it’s pretty great as is. And I really like that there’s no work to it with exception of just opening the cans and pouring into the crockpot. Super easy delicious meal!

I am too excited to try this! How would I go about doubling the recipe? I don’t want to ruin it

This was way better than I expected! Yummy!!! One question I had those with regards to the Quinoa. I used red and it doesn’t really seem like it “cooked” they are more like hard little seeds. Still tasty, just didn’t seem quite right. I’ve made white quinoa before and it did not stay hard.

This is being added to my recipe book, it was very good. I used diced tomatoes with chilis instead of fire roasted (don’t care for fire roasted) but other than that made it exactly according to recipe. Topped with sour cream, next time I’ll add some scallions on top as well. Thanks for sharing!

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This recipe has quickly gone from a new vegetarian recipe to try in our slow cooker to a nearly weekly staple, it’s absolutely delicious. One variation I do is mix the cream cheese with the first can of enchilada sauce with a hand mixer before adding to the slow cooker, it’s extra work but it adds a nice level of creaminess. I’ve also subbed in a can of refried beans for the black beans which was great as well. There’s really no way to go wrong with this recipe, I recommend it to all without reservation.

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Great recipe! Super easy and delicious. Only changes I made to recipe – I cut corn off the cob and used that vice canned corn and I threw in a few handfuls of spinach.

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My mom made it last night. It’s really good and delicious. Now, I wanna make it with my own hand.

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Made this for a party of both meat eaters & vegetarians – All were in love with it! 10/10 would recommend. Added just a small amount of flour to thicken it up (I had plates on hand, no bowls) and used reduced fat cream cheese. Thanks for a great recipe!

    So glad to hear that! My husband is definitely a meatlover and craves this recipe on the regular! WIN!

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Thank you so much for sharing this! I can’t believe how easy and absolutely delicious this recipe is. I made it on Monday, froze the leftovers, and am making it again tonight for a girls’ night. I will definitely be coming back to your site!

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As a recently new vegetarian, I’ve been looking for new dishes. This was ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. I did add a can of kidney beans to bump up the protein, but other than that, I kept it the same. I would add a dollop of plain greek yogurt to the top of each serving to give it some “sour cream”, but it is very very good without it! I definitely recommend!!

HI! I am so excited to make this tonight. Do you think I could layer with tortillas in the slow cooker?

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I loved this! I left out the cream cheese but added a bit of sour cream and green onions once this yumminess was in my bowl. <3 <3 <3 Thank you for such an easy, healthy, tasty recipe!

This recipe is amazing and so easy! I make this on Sundays now and have it for lunch all throughout the week. It’s even delicious served along corn chips (I love Trader Joe’s) – almost as a dip. Thank you!

OMG absolutely delicious!! Finished cooking it at 10pm and I decided to go in for a taste, horrible idea! I ended up eating an entire bowl of it! Definitely will make this again for my family! Now I just Need to go buy an avocado to add on top. 😊 Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

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Made this a few days ago with a few tweaks and will definitely make again. I couldn’t find enchilada sauce so I used a mix of taco sauce and salsa. I eyeballed the quinoa, not sure if I added more than a cup or if simply cooking it overnight 8 hours caused this, but the edges got kinda burnt, but no worries. I scraped out the middle portion and salvaged most of it and it tasted delicious. Subbed diced red pepper in place of corn, omitted cream cheese and cheese and added about 3/4 cup nutritional yeast to keep it vegan. Mine does not look as wet as these pictures so next time I’d add more liquid, but an easy fix. Nice and hearty, been enjoying it the last few days, both warm when I have access to a microwave, and cold when I am on the go, and it is delicious both ways. Thank you!

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This is great! I’m telling everyone to make this. Immediately. I’m obsessed.


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I made this tOnight and it was supe sOupy but overall amazing. I am a vegetarian but my boyfriend is Not and he loved it. Because of the soupy consistency i DecideD to make rice and just Scoop the “enchilada chilli” (as my boyfriend Called it) on top. I also just let everyone add theIr own cheeSe on top. I added the CuMin and garlic but also some tumeric and chilli and onion powDerS.

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This was delicious!!

This is one of my favorite recipes! I cook a pot and eat it for linch all week. I just got a new instapot thoigh and want to try it out in there for faster cooking. Any recommendations other than saving the dairy for thr end? Cook time/pressure? Should i adjust he liquid do you think?

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absolutely fabulous! Perfect for cold Canadian nights. Virtually mistake free. Tons of flavour – every bite has it’s own character. I added sauteed onion, garlic and red pepper. also extra chili pepper and red pepper flakes for a kick. Great recipe!

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My friends who think I’m a good cook will continue to do so with this recipe. They don’t understand that it is just a matter of opening up the right cans – LOL

This looks so good! Do you drain the fire roasted tomatoes first, or do you add the liquid to the pot?

    Hi Lindsey – you should add the liquid with the fire roasted tomatoes to the slow cooker.

      Thank you!

I have never commented on a recipe before but this is so good I had to. If you love Mexican Food you will love it. The cream cheese is a nice addition.

Oooo this was so tasty! The only things I changed was that I did two cups of quinoa and a one whole cup of water and I used plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream to top it off. Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

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Man! Make sure you dOnt OveRcook this! 4 hours on high was too long. It began to scorch.

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I made it as a casserole and used cooked ground chicken and less quinoa. Thanks for the idea.

    Oh thats great! Glad I could spark a yummy, new idea for you! 😉

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its creative and amazing!!!

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I had it last week and im making it again this week!

I also added about a lb ground turkey to mine and loved that

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This is amazing! We threw everything in our slow cooker and let it cook for a few hours. Only changes: we didn’t use cream cheese, I used a jar of mild salsa instead of the enchilada sauce, and I used regular diced tomatoes rather than the spicy ones. We served it over crunched up plain tortilla chips. Yum!

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THIS IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE RECIPE. Straight up comfort food that doesnt COMPLETELY break my healthy eating. EVERY DAY IS A HAPPY DAY WHEN YOU GET TO EAT QUINOA ENCHILADA😊Unfortunately, the ingredients (especially enchilada sauce) are a Bit too Expensive for THE Weekly rotation. I’m assuming these ingredients are cheaper where the recipe creator lives. I still absolutely love this recipe and plan to make it as often as possible!

    Hi Athena- I am so excited to hear that you love this recipe! Your comment totally made my day! 🙂

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Not much of a cook but this is by far the best thing i’ve made. the recipe is fool proof and easy. and yeah, great for breakfast too!

    Perhaps you are a better cook than you think, Richard! 😉 I am happy to hear that you love this dish! Leftovers for breakfast sound right up my alley as well!

AweSome, easy Recipe!

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Unbelivalby Good! i waited to long to cook so i baked in the oven at 325 for 1.5 hours. Topped it off with fresh cilantro, paste tomaotes, avocado, sour cream and more cheese. They all want more. I’d add a picdture if I could because it was great.

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I read that quinoa can have a bitter taste if not rinsed. Do you recommend rinsing it before putting it in the pot?

    Hi Lynn- it certainly can’t hurt to rinse the quinoa. Most quinoa that is boxed is pre-rinsed!

    We eat quinoa almost every week- i never rinse it! It’s always mixed with something else so never taste any bitterness…id say more grainy if anything.

I don’t suppose you’ve considered seeing how to adapt this to the Instant Pot, have you? If you haven’t, I might play … Thanks.

I love cheese enchiladas and onions, so will add those. Is there a reason onions aren’t included in this recipe?

    No specific reason- I think they would be delicious! Definitely let me know what you think if you give it a try!

      Thanks for the recipe, tUrned out great with chopped onions!

Soo i order my groceries from whole foods and i ACCIDENTALLY got refried BLACK beans instead of whole black beans. I dont want To go to the store lol. How do you THINK It will turn out with refried?? 👀

    Hi Christina- darn it! I hate when I accidentally order the wrong item! Sadly, I do that more than I’d like to admit! I don’t think refried will work well, however! Sorry!! Definitely use whole black beans with this for the right outcome!

I love this recipe! How would you cOok it in the instant pot?

    Hi Melissa- I am yet to give this a try in the instant pot! Sorry I don’t have any advice for you. If you give it a try, definitely let me know how things turn out!

      I did it yesterday and it turned out great! I added everything to the pot and cooked at low pressure for 12 minutes then natural release pressure for 10–15 minutes. The only thing i might do next time is spray the boTTom of the pot with some nonstick spray first.

That was a big pot of amazing. Myself, husband, and sons Fought over the leftovers! I couldnt find fire roasted tomatoes so Just added a bunch of freshly diCed ones. Still delicious!

    Hi Laura! I am happy to hear that this dish turned out delicious with fresh tomatoes! Thanks for sharing! Happy it was enjoyed by all! 🙂

I made this tonight! It’s really great. I actually added some extra of the Mexican cheese blend, and I added about a half of a 7.5 oz can of Herdez salsa Verde as well. My boyfriend and I topped with sour cream, and he ate it with chips, I crumbled the chips into mine! Great recipe!

    Your additions sounds great!! Thanks for sharing, Lauren!

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This was really good. Supwr easy to freeze everything and dump in the crockpot. I didn’t even add the toppings due to time and still loved it! So satisfying, i really loved the texture And so much flavor!

    So happy to hear that this turned out so well after freezing it! Thanks for your awesome feedback!

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Love This recipe. I’ve made it a few times and it makes a great filling for stuffed peppers.

    Oh yum!! Great thinking- I’m totally going to do that!

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I just made this tonight for dinner, and it was a hit! I included the garlic powder and cumin as you suggested In the notes, and I added green onioNs.

    I bet the addition of green onions was delicious- nice idea!

This turned out like soup. Not what I was looking for. ThE taste is pretty good. I don’T think I will try it again.

    Sorry to hear that you weren’t totally satisfied with how yours turned out! I hope you find another recipe here that you absolutely love!

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Weve made this is our sLow cooker several times and LOVE it! SURPRISINGLY i got an INSTANT Pot for CHRISTMAS and am Wondering if I can cook this recipe in it?? Thoughts? Suggestions? Thx!!

    Hi Karen! I haven’t tried this recipe in the instant pot before.. I am sure there is some way it can be done tho! Sorry I don’t have much input for that. I’d love to hear about it if you do give it a try!! The instant pot is so fun once you get the hang of it!! 🙂

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I made this the other day. I added the cumin and the garlic powder. it was easy and delicious! I was concerned be cause only 4 people rated it. this recipe is too good to not be rated

    Thanks for your feedback, Lori! I am excited to hear that you loved this recipe!

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We love this recipe. It has become a staple in our home. Thanks for sharing!

    Shannon- that makes me super excited to hear! I love hearing when a recipe becomes a staple in a home! Thanks for your input! 🙂

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    The best compliment is when a reader says the recipe has become part of their regular rotation! 😉 Thanks, Leann! Super excited to hear that you enjoyed this recipe so much!

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I can’t believe it, but my dad doesn’t like anything without meat and he loved it. My mom doesn’t like Quinoa and she loved it. O_O It’s a real hit!!

    Wow- that is fantastic! Way to go! 😉

Im thinking of making rhis for mothers day. Have u ever added frozen corn instead od the canned corn?

    I actually haven’t done this with this particular recipe before, but I’m sure it’s fine. If anything, maybe let it thaw a bit before adding it just in case some extra liquid comes off of it.

You should the the cumin and garilc in the RECIPE part and then put optional i was silly anD DIDN’T read the notes (i did the frist Time and added it In) but i just made this recipe for the SECOND time and forgot and i COULDN’T figure out why i DIDN’T taSte good like the first time i just stired it in at the end Hoping It will make it better

Has any made this in the inst pot? I did once buand got luCky by guessing times, etc. wondering if any has ip recipe handy.

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This has become a signature dish of mine. Tried it for the first time at a house warming party, and now everyone asks me to bring it for future events! THank you!!!

    Fantastic job, Alyssa! I’m so excited to hear that this recipe has been quite the crowd pleaser for you!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

For those of you wondering, you can double this for a 6 quart slow cooker. I did this last night and it’s very good! I cooked it 4.5 hours on high. I didn’t add the corn because i didn’t want to add the SWEETENess to it. I served it with tortilla chips.

    Thank you for sharing!

I’ve been cHarged with making a vegetarian option for a potlucK; I’d love to make this due to all the great reviews. The only question i have is is it freEzable? And if so, for how lOng? Thanks!

    I think that would be fine. I suggest not freezing any toppings like avocado/tomato etc with it though!

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I make this every 2 weeks, if not more often. I love it. 3 yEar old loves it. Grandma loves it. So good. Thank you for this recipe!

    Happy to hear that this recipe is enjoyed by so many! Thanks, Hope!

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Great recipe. Super simple. I added half a head of cauliflower (since vegetables, and they were on sale). The cauliflower came out so good! Would highly recommend the addition!

    yummm!! I bet that addition was delicious!

What color quinoa?? White,tri color?? Or?

    I used white?

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I have made this many times, now, and love it more each time!!

I have omitted the cream cheese from day one, and it is fantastic!!!! I also make the homemade enchilada sauce for it!!! Very easy, smells amazing and is that much healthier!!

    Happy to hear you enjoy this recipe so much!


I was thinking of adding another protein, i.e., chicken, to this recipe. Would i be able to just add it and forget it?

    I think so! I haven’t tried this so I can’t guarantee results but I think it could work.

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This is a favourite in our house! I make it at least once a month if not more! I add chili powder, cumin, garlic salt, and garlic powder to ours. I DONT MEASURE I JUST SHAKE IT IN AND STIR. So good!!

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Love this recipe- can it be adjusted to make in an instapot?

    I haven’t tried that with this recipe but I’m sure it’s possible!

I made it all today for a potluck dinner tomorrow. It looks very liquidy in the crock pot. Hope it turns out well. Seems like 2 cans of 15 oz. enchilada sauce seems quite a bit for just 1 cup of quinoa (since tomatoes have liquid in it as well). Plus extra water is added. Fingers crossed.

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