Black Bean Quesadillas

Black Bean Quesadillas

64 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2010

In a hurry? These satisfying quesadillas take just 15 minutes to make. We like them with black beans, but pinto beans work well too. If you like a little heat, be sure to use pepper Jack cheese in the filling. Serve with: A little sour cream and a mixed green salad.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
  • ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, preferably pepper Jack
  • ½ cup prepared fresh salsa (see Tip), divided
  • 4 8-inch whole-wheat tortillas
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced


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  1. Combine beans, cheese and ¼ cup salsa in a medium bowl. Place tortillas on a work surface. Spread ½ cup filling on half of each tortilla. Fold tortillas in half, pressing gently to flatten.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 quesadillas and cook, turning once, until golden on both sides, 2 to 4 minutes total. Transfer to a cutting board and tent with foil to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and quesadillas. Serve the quesadillas with avocado and the remaining salsa.
  • Tip: Look for prepared fresh salsa in the supermarket refrigerator section near other dips and spreads.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 375 calories; 16 g fat(4 g sat); 10 g fiber; 45 g carbohydrates; 13 g protein; 89 mcg folate; 13 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 182 IU vitamin A; 7 mg vitamin C; 241 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 608 mg sodium; 486 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Calcium (24% daily value), Folate (22% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 2½ starch, 1½ lean meat, 2 fat

Reviews 64

September 06, 2018
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I'd give it 5 stars with the changes I made. I followed the suggestion to mash the beans. I heated the beans with the 1/2 c. of salsa and added 1-2 t. of homemade taco seasoning. I sprinkled cheese on one tortilla, spread the bean mixture over the cheese and then added more cheese and a second tortilla and pressed the tortillas together. I served the quesadillas with guacamole and sour cream.
July 14, 2018
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By: Linda Burns
I make this weekly it is so easy and delicious. Makes great leftovers the next day (just heat them up in the microwave or toaster oven). I mash the black beans a bit before stirring in the cheese and salsa. This helps make the insides more manageable and keeps everything from falling out. A less fattening solution than adding more cheese. I also tend to use cheddar cheese instead of pepper jack and then make sure to use more spicy salsa to compensate. I always serve this with avocado--it really adds a lot of flavor.
August 27, 2017
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By: Liz Ofstad
Good not great. I made it with Mexican 4 cheese and Pace salsa. It was super easy, but didn't have much flavor.
December 14, 2016
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By: Jocelynn
I LOVE this recipe, especially because it is so fast and easy. I do warm up my beans to make them more tender. Either 2min in the microwave or the stove top medium heat. I can eat these any time of day but if I want it for breakfast, I pair it with a fried egg. Yumm.
September 30, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Simple, Quick & Delicious Meal We really enjoyed this meal at our house. We tweaked the recipe just a bit, adding corn, onions, more cheese and salt and pepper. The ones we ate right after we removed them from the pan were a little challenging to eat. The beans, corn and onions fell out a little, but that wasn't a problem with the ones that cooled a bit before we ate them. They were delicious. We'll definitely make these quesadillas again. Pros: Easy to make, Not a lot of prep time, Tasty, Healthy
September 18, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Awesome! I made these for dinner tonight. I doubled the recipe to make 8 and when they had all gone my family wanted more!!!! I will definitely make them again! They're so healthy and yum :P and, BONUS! They are SO easy! I'm only 13 and I could do them no worries = D thanks for the wonderful recipe!
August 15, 2014
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By: leancorbett
Yummy!!! This is so quick and easy to make and delicious. Next time I will double the cheese to hold the inside stuff together better. Pros: So quick and easy
March 01, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
So simple I've made this many times ove the past few years. Only takes a few minutes to prepare, but it is very good.
February 22, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Super easy, super tasty Love this recipe, it's so simple! My vegetarian girlfriend just loves it. I like to add lime juice and cilantro to spice it up and when I am making it for myself, minced jalapeno. If I have extra avocado I like to throw a little bit inside the quesadilla itself. Pros: Quick, easy, healthy, cheap Cons: So good and easy to make you want more than just one
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