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Crowd-Pleasing Tex Mex Casserole


1 tbsp chili powder
1.5 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp smoked sweet paprika or 0.5 tsp regular paprika
0.5 tsp cayenne pepper, plus more as needed
1.25 tsp fine-grain sea salt
0.5 tsp ground coriander (optional)

1.5 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 red onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 orange bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 jalapeño, seeded, if desired, and diced
fine-grain sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
0.5 cup fresh or frozen corn
1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with their juices
1 cup tomato sauce or tomato puree
2-3 cups chopped kale leaves or baby spinach
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
3 cups cooked quinoa
0.5 cup vegan shredded cheese, such as Daiya
1-2 handful corn tortilla chips, crushed

Sliced green onions
Corn Chips
Cashew Cream (recipe in the book)

Instructions Make the Tex-Mex Spice Blend: In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne, salt, and coriander (if using). Set aside.

Make the Casserole: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Oil a large (4 to 5 quart or liter) casserole dish.

In a large wok, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, bell peppers, and jalapeño and sauté for 7 to 8 minutes, until softened. Season with salt and black pepper, if desired.

Stir in the Tex-Mex Spice Blend, corn, diced tomatoes and their juices, tomato sauce, kale, beans, quinoa and 0.25 cup of the vegan shredded cheese. Sauté for a few minutes and season with more salt and black pepper, if desired.

Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish and smooth out the top. Sprinkle the crushed chips over the casserole mixture along with the remaining 0.25 cup of cheese. Cover with a lid or foil and bake for 15 minutes.

Uncover the casserole dish and cook for 5 to 10 minutes more, until bubbly and slightly golden around the edges.

Scoop the casserole into bowls and add your desired toppings.