Trader Joe’s Cowboy Quinoa Bake

TJ’s Cowboy Quinoa Bake is an incredibly simple, low prep, and healthy recipe! Prep really is a breeze.

And there are plenty of ways to customize the dish to your family’s liking.    

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About the Cowboy Quinoa Bake

Although I am very passionate about cooking from scratch, sometimes I am just looking for super simple dinner solutions. And, I like to have some go-to recipes that don’t require much prep. My Trader Joe’s Cowboy Quinoa Bake fits that bill.

What You’ll Need to Make the Cowboy Caviar Casserole

How To Make Trader Joe’s Cowboy Quinoa Bake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a baking dish with baking spray. 
  3. Add tomatoes, sweet corn, black beans, and cooked quinoa to the baking dish. Combine the ingredients. Sprinkle with a shredded Mexican Cheese
  4. Bake at 350º Fahrenheit for 25 minutes

Cooking tips

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Like many of my recipes, you can often skip or swap ingredients. And the recipe will still be delicious. If you are a novice cook, this one is for you.

Black Beans. If you forgot to buy black beans, cook the recipe without. This has happened to me and it was still a great dish. The Trader Joe’s Corn, Black Bean, and Pepper Salsa include black beans. I only added more black beans, because my husband asked loves black beans.

Corn. The Trader Joe’s Cowboy Caviar Salsa includes corn. But I really like my sweet corn. So often I’ll add extra can in addition to the ones that are in the.

Cheese. My family LOVES cheese. And you don’t HAVE to add an entire bag of shredded cheese, but it’s what we like. But lately, I have sworn off pre-bagged cheese and started to buy blocks of cheese. This means I’ll have to grate the cheese myself. That’s cheaper and freshly grated cheese just melts so much better. Why? Because packaged shredded cheese typically includes fillers and a block of cheese doesn’t.

Salsa. The Trader Joe’s Cowboy Caviar Salsa is soooo good! And it’s the easiest way to make this dish. But if you don’t live near Trader Joe’s you can still make this dish. Just look for a medium spiced salsa verde like this one available at Walmart.

Tools used to cook the Cowboy Caviar Casserole:

Gluten free Cowboy Caviar Casserole


Gluten free Cowboy Caviar Casserole - ready for the oven
Gluten free Cowboy Caviar Casserole - fresh out of the oven
Gluten free Cowboy Caviar Casserole

Trader Joe’s Cowboy Quinoa Bake

Choosing to eat gluten-free doesn't mean we can't enjoy simple family dinners like the Cowboy Caviar Casserole.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
COURSE: Main Course
CUISINE: American, Mexican, Vegetarian
KEYWORD: Gluten Free, Quinoa, Salsa, Trader Joe’s
Author: Maike



  • Pre-heat your oven to 350º Fahrenheit.
  • Cook quinoa according to the instructions. Take 2 cups of cold water, add the quinoa, bring to a boil. Then let it simmer at the lowest temperature for 15 minutes. 
  • Meanwhile grease a baking dish with baking spray. 
  • Combine canned tomatoes, sweet corn, and black beans, and cooked quinoa into the greased baking sheet. 
  • Sprinkle with a shredded Mexican Cheese like the Trader Joe's Fancy Shredded Mexican Blend. 
  • Bake at 350º Fahrenheit for 25 minutes. 


Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 1114mg | Potassium: 730mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 975IU | Vitamin C: 7.8mg | Calcium: 506mg | Iron: 3.5mg
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2 thoughts on “Trader Joe’s Cowboy Quinoa Bake”

  1. 5 stars
    OMG!!! I made this dish … it was the first time I tried quinoa. My family’s hooked. Thank you so much.

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