Slow Cooker Spicy Steak, Rice, Lentils & Quinoa is a simple, easy post-workout recovery meal that is packed with protein, amazing flavor, and takes only minutes to throw together.

a slow cooker casserole next to sliced avocado limes and a bag of protein

The beef slow cooks to tender perfection in the crockpot with spices like chipotle peppers, cumin & paprika and goes great with Village Harvest's Organic Protein Blend of brown jasmine, lentils and red quinoa.

Then dinner gets topped off with melted cheese, fresh cilantro, sliced avocados, green onions and sour cream for a yummy, family friendly meal that even kids and husbands will love! Slow Cooker Spicy Steak, Rice, Lentils & Quinoa is one of the best recipes you will make in your slow cooker!

a wooden spoon holding some of the slow cooker casserole

As a busy mom who tries to find balance by making exercise and fitness a priority while also soaking up all the summer fun I can with my two kids, it's nice to have a good protein packed meal that can be made in the slow cooker so I can be out having fun at the pool or beach or park and getting in my regular workouts.

It's so nice to come home after a day of fun and have dinner almost done thanks to the slow cooker and minimal planning and prep work earlier in the day!

casserole on a plate with garnishes and a fork

Slow Cooker Spicy Steak, Rice, Lentils & Quinoa is also a great weeknight meal to add to your dinner rotation with school starting in the next couple of weeks. (WHY SO SOON?!?!).

black slow cooker liner filled with melted cheese over flank steak brown rice casserole with an open avocado next to it

We are going to be trying to get our family back into our fall routines and having easy meals like this in my back pocket is a lifesaver during that adjustment period of new schedules and after-school activities.

sliced lime and avocado garnishing a plate of brown rice qunioa casserole

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Slow Cooker Spicy Steak, Rice, Lentils & Quinoa

5 from 7 votes
Amy Nash
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Slow Cooker Spicy Steak, Rice, Lentils & Quinoa is a simple, easy post-workout recovery meal that is packed with protein, amazing flavor, and takes only minutes to throw together.


  • 2 to 2 ½ pounds flank steak
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 10 ounce can mild enchilada sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon chipotle pepper in adobo sauce chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 16 ounce package Village Harvest Organic Protein Blend of Brown Jasmine Lentils & Quinoa
  • 4 ¾ cups water
  • ¾ cup medium or sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • ¾ cup Pepperjack or Monterey Jack Cheese grated

To garnish

  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Sliced avocado
  • chopped green onions
  • Lime wedges
  • sour cream


  • Cut flank steak against the grain into thin strips and place in a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker.
  • In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, enchilada sauce, chipotle pepper, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, and garlic powder and mix well. Pour over the flank steak, then cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours, until the meat is cooked throughout and tender.
  • When the meat is close to being done, combine the Village Harvest Organic Protein Blend brown jasmine, lentils and red quinoa with 4 ¾ cups water in a medium pot and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to simmer for 20-22 minutes or until all of the water is absorbed, then remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
  • When the meat is cooked through and tender, add the cooked rice, lentils and quinoa to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top and cover. Heat for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted, then sprinkle with chopped cilantro.
  • Serve with sliced avocado, chopped green onions, lime wedges, and sour cream.


When adding the Village Harvest Organic Protein Blend in with the cooked flank steak, there might seem to be too much liquid, but the rice, lentils and quinoa will absorb the excess liquid, so don't drain any of it off.


Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 605mg
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Reader questions and reviews

  1. Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy says:

    WOW powerhouse of nutrition with the quinoa and lentils. Sounds like a winner for dinner any night of the week. I LOVE my slow cooker....a must for every kitchen.

  2. Veena Azmanov says:

    So much of awesome in one dish.. and so nutritious. love steak ! Quinoa ! Lentils! Sounds so delicious and yum.

  3. Linda @ With A Blast says:

    Perfect, wholesome dinner and I love that it is made in the slow-cooker !

  4. Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago says:

    This sounds like a great recipe for weeknight dinners this fall!

  5. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way says:

    What a great looking dinner. Right now the temperature has dropped and it is raining. I can't believe it is cold in August!! Your slow cooker meal looks like pure comfort!! Not only would it warm me up but I'm needing some energy!!

  6. Molly Kumar says:

    This is such a delicious recipe, Amy. I love the Village Harvest blends and always looking for more recipes to incorporate them in and this is afb...would make a delicious n quick weeknight dinner soon.

  7. Kathy McDaniel says:

    So many good and nutritious things happening in this dish. I love the fact that I can put it in a slow cooker and forget about it. Definitely a must try recipe!

  8. Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh says:

    Wow, this looks amazingly delicious! I'm not even hungry, but this has me wishing this was ready to eat right now.

  9. Daniela Anderson says:

    With recipes like this one l so wish l had a slow cooker, been thinking about getting one for long now. It looks delicious and so nutritious, perfect family meal.

  10. Whitney @WhittyPaleo says:

    This recipe is actually looks so filling, you would never really think that you can get all this from dumping everything in a slow cooker! Beautiful pictures too! Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Adriana Lopez Martn says:

    This looks so comforting and delicious I bet it si also a great dish to make with chicken. Really lovely idea for a weeknight dinner or even for an informal gathering with friends.

  12. Swathi says:

    I would love try these blends, as we don't need to look for separate grains. These are healthy but at the same time filling meal that too in slow cooker. These we can dish out in busy weekdays.

  13. Chiara Casebolt says:

    I really wish I could walk into my kitchen and find a pot of this ready to eat. I'm salivating over here! Plus who doesn't love a good slow cooker meal. As a lazy cook myself, I am alllll about this! Thanks for the post! This is going to become a regular in the Casebolt house:)

    1. Amy says:

      I know! I'm a big fan of the slow cooker, especially in the fall when things are so busy with school and the weather starts cooling down. Can I just tell you how much it made me smile to read "in the Casebolt house"? Sometimes I miss that last name, lol. It's a good one! 🙂

  14. Agness of Run Agness Run says:

    Hey, Amy! I just wanted to let you know that I prepared your recipe and it was finger-licking! My family loved it! I think that I will make it again soon! 😀

    1. Amy says:

      Thanks, Agness!! I'm so glad everybody enjoyed it!

  15. Tristin says:

    5 stars
    Yum! What a great slow cooker recipe packed full of nutritious goodness! I love gay black rice antioxidant rich blend!

  16. Nicole says:

    5 stars
    I've never used a slow cooker, but I think I should get one for easy, tasty meals like this - all those great flavours, yummy!

  17. Brian Jones says:

    5 stars
    I do hope that I don't have to work out to qualify for eating this? It looks delicious but working out definitely aint my thing 😉 😀

    1. Amy says:

      Ha! You definitely don't need to exercise in order to eat this! Now if we are talking cheesecake.... lol.