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A plated serving of Easy Mexican Casserole garnished with avocado slices, green onions and cilantro.

Easy Mexican Casserole Recipe (Gluten and Dairy-Free)

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This Easy Mexican Casserole is a hearty gluten and dairy-free one-pan dinner. This flavorful dish is made with deliciously spiced ground beef, quinoa, black beans, and topped with a dairy-free cheese sauce. It can also be Modified AIP compliant.


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  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1.5 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder (omit for AIP Modified Elimination)
  • zest of one lime
  • 3 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1.5 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped (plus more for garnish)
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained
  • 1 cup uncooked, rinsed quinoa
  • 2 cups gluten-free bone broth (or any sodium-free bone broth, stock, or water)
  • 1 cup dairy-free cheese sauce (or shredded dairy-free cheese of your choice)
  • chopped green onions (for garnish)


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, chili powder (if using) and lime zest.
  3. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat with olive oil.*
  4. Add spice mix to oil and allow spices to bloom, stirring frequently for 1 minute.
  5. Add ground beef, salt and cilantro and cook until meat has browned.
  6. Add black beans and quinoa and stir.
  7. Add bone broth/stock or water and bring to a boil.
  8. Once at a rapid boil, cover skillet and place into the oven for 15-20 minutes, until the liquid has been absorbed and quinoa is cooked.
  9. Remove lid and pour dairy-free cheese sauce on top the casserole (or drizzle shredded dairy-free cheese). Use a spatula to smooth and cover the top.
  10. Set oven to HI Broil and broil for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is brown and bubbling.
  11. Garnish with chopped green onions and additional cilantro, or any garnishes that you’d like.
  12. Serve hot.


*Or other oven-safe skillet with a lid. I used a cast iron braiser so I could transfer it straight from the stovetop to the oven.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Stovetop, Baked
  • Cuisine: Mexican-inspired