I have a confession to make. We’ve taught our daughter to say “cray cray.” As in, crazy? Cray cray? Yeah, we say that around here. It started out as ironic-only use and then it sort of creeped its way into our everyday lexicon.

I hope we aren’t as annoying and uncool as I just made us sound.

Anyway, our gal says “cay cay!” and it’s actually pretty darn cute. Much cuter than when middle-aged adults say it.

Speaking of, I’ve been utterly cray-cray (last time I write it, promise) for quinoa frittatas this summer.

Cheddar Corn Quinoa Mini Frittatas with Optional Bacon | Kitchen Treaty

With the double hit of protein from both the eggs and the quinoa, these things are so satisfying – the perfect power breakfast. And when you make them in individual sizes, you can customize them however you please. So mixed diet homes like ours are in business – bacon, ham, or sausage in some, maybe a few extra veggies in lieu of meat in others. A mini quinoa frittata for everyone!

Cheddar Corn Quinoa Mini Frittatas with Optional Bacon | Kitchen Treaty

I love freezing these, too. All it takes is a quick two-minute zap and you’re headed out the door with a warm, satisfying breakfast in hand.

This particular combo – sharp cheddar, sweet corn, smoky green chiles and bacon if you like – isn’t only great for breakfast. These are terrific alongside a simple green salad for a quick lunch or dinner, too.

I taste-tested these for all three meals, just for you, because I’m cray err, selfless like that.

Cheddar Corn Quinoa Mini Frittatas with Optional Bacon | Kitchen Treaty
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Cheddar Corn Quinoa Mini Frittatas with Optional Bacon

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Author: Kare
Yield: 12 mini frittatas
Sharp cheddar, sweet corn, and smoky green chiles combine with eggs and quinoa for a delicious and satisfying grab-and-go frittata that's equally great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks. Just add bacon for the meat-eaters!


  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (cooled (about 3/4 cup dried quinoa should result in about 2 cups cooked))
  • 1 cup + 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 4- ounces can diced green chiles (drained (or roast, peel, and chop your own - poblanos would be fabulous))
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels (or fresh cooked kernels cut from the cob)
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

If adding bacon to half:

  • 3-4 slices thick-cut bacon (cooked, drained and chopped)

If adding bacon to all:

  • 6-8 slices thick-cut bacon (cooked, drained and chopped)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Line 12 standard-size muffin tins with paper cupcake liners and spray well with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, beat the eggs. Add the quinoa, 1 cup cheddar cheese, chiles, corn, onion, salt, and pepper and mix.
  • If adding bacon, stir that in now. If adding bacon to half, fill six of the muffin tins with the egg/quinoa then add the bacon to the bowl, stir, and fill the remaining muffin tins. Or, if you're skipping the bacon, forget what I just said and just fill the muffin tins to the top with the egg/quinoa mixture. I use an ice cream scoop - makes it easy!
  • Evenly sprinkle 1/4 cup cheddar over each.
  • Bake for 18 - 20 minutes until set. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes before serving.
  • These keep refrigerated for about 3 days in an airtight container, or freeze for up to several months.

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