Southwest Black Bean Casserole

Southwest Black Bean CasserolePinitRemember P90X?

We started it with big dreams and lots of willpower, and then these came along and we kind of fell off the wagon.

But I’m proud to say that we’re back at it.

And by we, I mean he.


Since I’m not really exactly doing the whole lifting weights thing, I figured the best thing I can do is try to start making some more high-protein (meat?) dishes.  Lean meat, of course.  Please tell me cheeseburgers are considered lean meat?

Peppers, onions, jalapenos and black beans topped with spicy meat (lean meat!) and cheese.  It’s mostly my gift to Bjork for working so hard at P90X, and partly my gift to myself for avoiding P90X.

Comfort food meets good-for-you food.  I could definitely get used to this.

4.9 from 11 reviews
Southwest Black Bean Casserole
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Serves: 6
  • ½ lb. ground extra lean turkey
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds and ribs removed, diced
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp ground red pepper
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • ⅔ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1-2 chopped seeded tomatoes
  • ¼ cup crumbled bacon
  • ½ cup (2 oz) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced green onions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey and a handful of the onions to the pan, sauteing until meat is browned. Remove turkey and set aside.
  3. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion, pepper, and jalapeno, sauteing for 4 minutes and stirring occasionally. Add salt, cumin, red pepper, and garlic. Saute for 1 minute, stirring constantly (I added a tablespoon or two of water to keep things from sticking in the pan.)
  4. Stir in broth and black beans. Bring mixture to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Mash beans to desired consistency.
  5. Spoon mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with turkey, bacon, tomato, and cheese. Bake at 425F for 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Top with green onions and let cool for atleast 10 minutes (otherwise it will be too runny).
  6. Serve with sour cream, tortilla chips, on tacos, on a salad, or just eat it plain!

PS.  You definitely earn extra healthy points by eating this cheesy goodness with multigrain tortilla chips.  Definitely.

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  1. This is a great way to sneak some veggies into a meal and the combo of beans, meat and cheese sounds just perfect. Pictures are awesome too!

  2. so pretty! definitely bookmarked!

  3. Oh… boy. I’d fall of the wagon too!… and never get back on! :)

  4. That is my kind of casserole. Putting on the ‘to make’ list. :)

  5. Eating lean turkey + beans = same effect as P90X… right?! This looks healthy but still so satisfying!

  6. says:

    You said bacon!!! And now this is on next weeks menu, suh-weet!!!

  7. That looks fantastic! And I love Emily’s logic… lean meat and beans are DEFINITELY the same as P90X!

  8. YUM!!! I want that for dinner tonight!

  9. This looks really fantastic. Comfort food meets health food. Now if only my husband liked black beans…

  10. This looks great! Combination of delicious flavours.

  11. There is a constant quest for protein in my house (not me!) – thanks for the help! I love the combination of flavors and the beans.

  12. Looks great! I love finding casserole-type dishes like this that don’t include grains, pastas, rice, etc. Yum!

  13. My husband won’t eat ground turkey, but that doesn’t stop me from feeding it to him. My latest trick is to disguise it as ground beef by mixing it with a little chorizo or something with lots of sauce. This casserole would be perfect for more of my trickery. I’ll have to call it a “southwestern dish” when I serve it to him because anything called a casserole is off-limits.

    I think honesty in marriage doesn’t cover trying to get your husband to eat healthier.

    • Hahaha… too funny! I was trying to add some flavor to the turkey it by adding bacon, and it worked!! (PS. where does one find chorizo? apparently I don’t shop at fancy enough grocery stores?)

  14. Wow thT is just wonderful looking. Thanks for sharing this one.

  15. Looks just up our alley! I’ll have to file this one away :)

  16. Jill Wichterman says:

    Grant showed me this website at work and now I check it daily! This dish looks amazing I cannot wait to make it! LOVE THIS BLOG!!

  17. I just finished lunch and am stuffed but your casserole makes me hungry again! What beautiful photos – esp of something like a casserole that doesn’t usually turn out “pretty” – I love southwestern flavors – healthy + comfort…this is a winner in my book!

  18. Oooh. Beautiful–thanks for sharing. I can’t wait till it gets cold enough to make things like this. Snow already!

  19. Definitely going to be trying this. Growing up I always hated casseroles, but now that I’m married with a full time job and a baby, I appreciate the concept!

    • I agree! And it’s really a casserole for non-casserole people because there’s no cream of anything soup or noodles or anything. All just good, healthy stuff!

  20. We don’t eat meat, but I love casseroles (and cheese) and I am so excited to experiment with a vegetarian version of this dish!

    • You could totally leave out the meat or sub some more veggies and it would still taste great! Let me know how it works out. :)

  21. oh my! this looks sooo good! cant wait to try it on! Beautiful photographs on your blog

  22. That bean casserole looks and sounds so good!

  23. I made this tonight and loved it! Definitely a keeper. I can’t wait to try another recipe.

  24. Just made this for dinner tonight…yummy! Perfect use for the ground turkey leftovers I had.

  25. Sara Plays House says:

    This looks awesome. Like you, I don’t participate in my husband’s exercise pursuits. Hello, I have the internet instead. In any case–this is a relatively low-carb casserole and I’m stoked to try it. (He gave up carbs and I try my best to cook carb-free at home. Sometimes pasta sneaks in. I AM HELPLESS.)
    Anyway, loving your photography and recipes!

  26. Looks great! I am looking for recipes that are high protein, low fat – especially for a gluten intolerant, insulin resistant, trying to-get-back-on-the-fitness-wagoneer like me! Looks great! Avoiding the P90X but trying to get back in shape for some Triathlon’s after being out for 18 months!

  27. This is an awesome recipe! I just made it for dinner tonight and I will definitely be back to your blog for more meal ideas. I was wondering how you think this casserole would freeze?

  28. Thank you for this recipe.
    We just stated going through food allergy/in-tolerance testing. It feels like everything we enjoy has been removed from our diet.
    This recipe, with the modification of Almond Cheese, met all the avoid requirements yet was tasty enough that for the first time since the testing began I didn’t have more than one meal on the table and/or missing family members. All 5 of us enjoyed it. I don’t know if you realize how huge that is to me. Thank you!

  29. Just made this for lunch today and it was soo tasty! I love all the veggies and how healthy it is! Keep up the good work, Lindsay!

  30. I love this recipe! I make it all the time and my family loves it. Is there a way to figure out how many calories are in a serving? I am tracking my calories.

  31. This sounds so yummy! Do you have any sub ideas for the cheese and sour cream? I cant have the dairy.
    Thanks :)

  32. I made this and loved it!. Even my husband who is sometimes a picky eater ate it. I think I used ground chicken instead odd turkey and for the bacon I used a high quality bacon bits (like from the salad aisle). It turned out wonderful. The beans, bacon and garlic are just awesome flavors together. Great comfort food.

  33. I made this and loved it!. Even my husband who is sometimes a picky eater ate it. I think I used ground chicken instead of turkey and for the bacon I used a high quality bacon bits (like from the salad aisle). It turned out wonderful. The beans, bacon and garlic are just awesome flavors together. Great comfort food.

  34. We made this SW Black Bean Casserole today but changed it a little bit. The thing is we picked up food from Chili’s Restaurant Friday night and we love their sides of Black Beans and Rice. So we ordered two each. When I got home there were actually 4 in there. Definitely waaaaaaaaaaay too many! So today we took our left over black beans and rice and put the rice on the bottom of the casserole dish, then layered it up with the black beans, then a can of steamed mexi corn, and then the browned ground chicken. Topped it off with the cheese and crumbled bacon. Totally delicious!

  35. Crystal says:

    Just made this tonight and it is delicious! Can’t go wrong with the combination of bacon, tomatoes, cheese, onion & black beans! I will be making this recipe again.

  36. Love the SouthWest Black Bean Casserole. How many calories per serving?

  37. I can’t rate this yet as I have not made it but it sounds really good. DH, however, will not eat anything that has peppers of any kind in it. How can I disguise the peppers or is there something else I can use that will deliver the same basic flavors? He also won’t eat any kind of Jack cheese. Is mild cheddar ok to use?

    I just discovered this sight 10 minutes ago and I’ve already bookmarked 2 recipes! Also, love your writing style. Feels like we are talking to each other!

    • Yep – any cheese is fine. Not sure about the peppers, although sometimes roasting them helps to sweeten/soften their flavor a bit. Thanks for the nice comment Pat!

  38. Linsay,
    What about pureeing a cooked jalapeno and adding it to tom sauce. (DH won’t eat Tom chunks, either!)
    This is tonight’s supper. I’ll comment and rate it after.

    • Sounds like a good idea!

      • Ok, I said I would rate this recipe, but by the time I “did a little altering” I had a whole different recipe altogether. Mine was mediocore….but VERY spicy hot. DH was actually sweating! I put the shredded cheese on mine so it wasn’t a 3-Alarm dish, but it turned out to be more of a Tex-Mex Chili Mac. After dinner, I added a can of tom. sauce in hopes that it will tone the spicy down some. Next time for sure I will follow the recipe T. DH can just have something else!

  39. I am late to the game on this one but, oh my gosh this is good! With every single bite my husband commented on how good it was. Amazing recipe- thank you!

  40. Mary Reza says:

    While searching Pinterest on some high protien dinners I came acrossed this recipe and I have to say this was a great recipe that my whole family enjoyed!! We made taco salads and I added more protien by using dollop of Greek yogurt ranch dressing !!! Can’t wait to make this again!!

  41. Hello I am making freezer meals for my grandma who is in the final stages of cancer and she needs high protein meals so this looks great but can I freeze this before I bake it? Thanks

  42. Well- I didn’t feel ‘meaty’ tonight- put some bacon bits in it, though. Baked it- then made burritos with it- yummy. Just play around with it, make it yours and use what you have. I didn’t have fresh tomatoes or jalapenos, so used a can of rotelle tomatoes w/ green chiles.

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