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. Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2010

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Combine beans, cheese and 1/4 cup salsa in a medium bowl. Place tortillas on a work surface. Spread 1/2 cup filling on half of each tortilla. Fold tortillas in half, pressing gently to flatten.

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  • 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.

Tips

Tip: Look for prepared fresh salsa in the supermarket refrigerator section near other dips and spreads.

Nutrition Facts

375 calories; 16.3 g total fat; 4.5 g saturated fat; 13 mg cholesterol; 608 mg sodium. 486 mg potassium; 45.1 g carbohydrates; 10.2 g fiber; 6 g sugar; 13.2 g protein; 182 IU vitamin a iu; 7 mg vitamin c; 89 mcg folate; 241 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 18 mg magnesium;

Reviews (64)

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66 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 46
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
09/07/2018
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2018
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. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
08/28/2017
Good not great. I made it with Mexican 4 cheese and Pace salsa. It was super easy but didn't have much flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2016
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. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/30/2015
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2015
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/15/2014
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 Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/01/2014
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2014
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 Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2013
Yum! This was a very simple and delicious recipe that I will definitely make again. The only thing I changed was adding more cheese (like 3X the amount) because that's the only was it is manageable to hold and eat. It's a keeper. Pros: Taste healthy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/25/2013
Quick Easy and Delicious This was a great dish! It took me about 10 minutes to make and my entire family including the nonvegetarians loved it! The only this i would suggest is adding a little bit more cheese to hold the filling together Pros: Very fast filling inepensive Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2013
Fast and Delcious If you like Mexican food this is tasty AND healthy. These were so easy to prepare. I stock up on the ingredients to make this recipe now so on a night that i have to work late or am just to tired I make these crowd pleasers. I love avocado but it's hard to keep it on hand and available for whenever you know? So I purchased 100 Calorie packs of Wholly Guacamole. I put them in the freezer and then when I make this I just take out a pack or two and I put it in a cup of water and it thaws quickly. This way I can keep ingredients on hand for whenever I want to make this. Pros: Fast Easy DELICIOUS Cons: You cant' stop eating them:) Read More
Rating: 1 stars
07/09/2013
Awful!!!!! This was absolutely AWFUL!!!!!! I followed the recipe to a tee and it turned out horribly. The filling was so blobby that you couldn't even eat a bite of the quesadilla without it falling out all over you. Will never make an Eating Well recipe again!!!!!!! This was not even edible Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/19/2013
Delicious! I made these on my 30-minute dinner break and my husband LOVED them! I ended up adding both diced onions and corn into ours which I thought really completed the Mexican cuisine. You can make them as spicy as you'd like - we used hot salsa and loved every bite! Pros: Quick easy delicious and healthy...what more can you ask for? Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/02/2013
Did not even miss the meat I used habanero cheese instead but no avocado. This was delicious. I did not even miss the meat. Pros: easy inexpensive filling Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2012
So SOOO Good!! This dish is very quick and easy to make! This week is midterms for me (college kid) and it's a quick enough meal for me to squeeze into lots of studying time. I've been trying to eat healthy but also on a budget and I'm also a huge mexican food person so this was perfect! I didn't make any changes to the recipe and it was great as is but next time I want to try adding some cumin to get a lil more mexican flavor. Will definitely make this again. Pros: Easy Healthy Very quick Great Flavor Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/02/2012
Easy and kid friendly! I made these for the first time tonight with just a slight variation. I kept everything the same except that I added some Tyson Grilled and Ready pre-cooked diced chicken (in bags by lunch meat at stores). It added a little more texture to the meal. Will be making this again! Pros: Fast flavorful Cons: none Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2012
SO SO Good! made this and it turned out fantastic! I used fresh guacamole with this and it was so good I almost died. I made sure to the get the smaller option of a quesadilla bread and didn't fill it up too much so that I was able to successfully fold over and flip without all the insides spilling out. Tip: the cheese serves as a glue almost to the beans and you want to make sure that you don't use too much filling! it will make it so much harder to fold and flip if you use too much. Pros: Easy fast inexpensive healthy alternative yummy Cons: none Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/29/2012
This is a Keeper I followed this recipe as was written (I used the Pepper Jack cheese) except for the avocado. I didn't have any but it was great without it. My husband was initially questioning the lack of meat (he's a meat and potato guy) but really liked the dish and didn't miss the meat. I served it with sour cream and salsa with a side of spanish rice. It was very tasty and filling. Will definitely make this again. Thanks for the recipe. I'm always looking for something simple and quick. Pros: Simple and quick Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/29/2012
This is a keeper I followed the recipe using the Pepper Jack cheese and they were delicious. I forgot to get the avocado but didn't miss it. I served with sour cream and salsa with a side of spanish rice. My husband was initially questioning the lack of meat (he's a meat and potatoes kind of guy) but really liked the meal and didn't miss the meat at all. This is definitely a keeper. Thank you for the recipe. I'm always looking for something simple and satisfying. This fits the bill. Pros: Very simple to make Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2012
Easy and Delicious! I made these for the first time for my family last night and it was a huge hit! I followed according to recipe with the exception of salsa-we only had canned and it worked just as well. Fresh would probably taste good too but the flavor from the canned version tasted really good mixed with the beans. The fresh avacado is soooo yummy on top of it! tip: use the smaller tortillas about 4-5 inch across for easy flipping. Also make sure you don't use too much filling. It makes it hard to flip and it gets really messy. Pros: easy fun tasty Cons: none Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2012
Simple and delicious Decided to try this recipe when my fridge was practically empty and didn't feel like going to the grocery store. While I didn't have avocado I ate these with a side salad and they were so delicious and filling. My husband ate them after rugby practice and loved them - and neither one of us is vegetarian! Didn't even miss the meat. This will be my go to recipe when I want a meal in 10-15 minutes. Pros: Quick not very many ingredients tasty Cons: Nothing! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/15/2012
Quick easy delicious! Nothing wrong with vegetarians besides the whole not eating meat thing. My modifications: --brown 1/2 lb turkey sausage and a dash of red pepper --make bean mixture and toast in tortilla as directed --open quesadilla add 1 leaf romain lettuce thinly sliced tomato 1/4 turkey mustard and mayo. Close and enjoy. This adds the sustenance kick and tang the original recipe is just plain lacking. But the beans salsa and cheese mixture really set it off. Pros: Great base recipe Cons: Vegetarian Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/15/2012
Quick easy delicious! Nothing wrong with vegetarians besides the whole not eating meat thing. My modifications: --brown 1/2 lb turkey sausage with a dash of crushed red pepper --make bean mixture and toast in tortilla as directed --open quesadilla add one leaf romain lettuce 1/4 turkey thinly sliced tomato mustard and mayo This solution added some sustenance kick and tang the original recipe just planned lacked. Pros: Good base recipe Cons: Its vegetarian Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2012
This was so easy and quick to make and was really delicious. I added a little more cheese and low fat sour cream on top. I also put the avocado in with the beans and cooked it. I can't wait to make it again!!! Pros: Quick easy delicious Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2012
Quick and soooooo delicious This was so easy to make and really yummy. I added a little more cheese and put the avocado in with the beans and salsa and cooked it. I also put a little low fat sour cream on top. We each had two and are very full. Thanks for the recipe!!!!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/21/2012
Simple & Delicious This is an excellent recipe. Not only did it taste delicious but it was simple to make. I highly recommend it for students also who are looking for a quick healthy meal. Pros: It was quick and simple to make. Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2012
Quick Easy and Yummy! I'm a full time student working two jobs so I have hardly any time to eat let alone eat healthy. This is such a great option to have because it's really cheap really easy and really healthy! I also love that it's so easy to personalize. I added some spices that really made the dish. I will definitely make it again! Pros: Delicious Healthy Quick Cheap Cons: Not a complete protein Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/20/2012
Super awesome quick meal! As a full time student dinners have to be fast but healthy. I made this tonight for my family and everyone LOVED it! I left out the salsa because my daughter doesn't eat anything spicy and I used rice cheese to make this vegan. It was awesome and my daughter even requested it for her lunchbox tomorrow! Pros: Took less than 20 minutes my 3 year old loved it filling healthy Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/21/2012
Very Easy to Prepare This was a quick and simple meal and I love black beans. I added a little scallion cumin and fresh tomato to my mixture. Mashed the beans a little. Not a big fan of avocado so I didn't purchase any. I didn't miss it. Will definitely make again. Pros: Quick inexpensive great taste Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2012
This receipe was extremely tasty. My husband even enjoyed it. It didn't take long to make nor was it expensive. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/30/2011
Delicious! Everything I'm looking for in a recipe: quick easy tasty and healthy. I accidentally put in too much salsa so the cheese didn't hold everything together as well as it was supposed to but it was still delicious. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This tasted great! My only problem was that it all fell apart pretty quickly. I would probably make them a burrito next time. I added a little extra cheese and some corn which I liked a lot. Really easy and quick to make and they're ingredients I already have. Thank you! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These are AMAZING!!! I used a plain white flour tortilla though. I LOVE this recipe. If you've got it on hand this is great with a squirt of lime juice just before serving. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I honestly thought that something so easy would just receive a meh from my family. My husband liked it enough make a second one. The kids loved the Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette suggested in the article. I made it for the salad but my kids ended up drizzling it over their quesadillas. This will be on regular rotation for Meatless Mondays at our house. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
SO SO SO GOOD!!! And SO easy to make! I was in a rut making chicken and salad every night and had to make something different. Love that there are only five ingredients- and my 22 month old toddler gobbled them up too! This would also work as a quick appetizer to make while company is over. Thanks for a great recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very tasty and quick. I work from home and I made this in less than 15 minutes today for lunch. I made enough of the black bean mix to make tomorrow for lunch. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
YUMMY!!! Very easy to make and filling. Made this just as the recipe was written. I think I will make them again next week. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I was afraid these quesadillas would be too healthful to taste good but the tortillas are delicately crisp and my husband didn't even notice that they were whole wheat. The filling is yummy too. As for ease of preparation--my non-cook husband made these the second time around. He was amazed at how quick and easy they were. He definitely wants these on the menu again whoever's cooking. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I love these things. I've made them everyday for the past couple days with some avocado and definitely the pepperjack cheese. Didn't even need oil just popped the tortilla in with the stuffing. LOVE IT! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
How can you cut the sodium? The salt level is way too high to be "healthy." Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
To cut Salt.. Try this -- Make your own salsa and boil your own beans... or you can check your grocery store for a low sodium can of black beans.. and check the sodiuim content on the cheese you buy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very quick and easy to make. I had all the ingredients on hand the day I came across this recipe. This is a recipe I will definitely want to make again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These are a new staple at our house. The quesadillas are very flavorful and EASY to make. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Quick and easy! Also great for lunch the next day. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I've made these 3 times in 2 weeks! The one problem I was having was with them falling apart and spilling out the filling when I flipped them over in the pan so tonight I made up some egg wash with an egg white and tablespoon of water and used that to seal the edges. Worked like a charm! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
You can also use "refried black beans" which may sound terrible but you can find most nonfat versions these days (or make your own version where you basically puree the beans - it helps with the issue of the stuffing falling out). This is something i make every week and everyone in the house loves it....oh but i don't mix the cheese into the beans...i add it on top of the bean mixture then make it like a grilled cheese sandwich in a quesadilla....mmmmmmmmm yummy melty-cheese..i also add onions/peppers/jalepenos for texture and extra heat.......and the corn sounds like a great addition! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These quesadillas are surprisingly filling but our family thought they were just okay. They were easy and healthy though. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Since some other reviewers had trouble with the filling falling out I pureed my beans with some fresh lime juice (and a chipotle pepper in adobo sauce for kick!) then mixed that with the salsa and spread it on the tortillas sprinkling the cheese in top. Worked like a charm! I also mashed the avocado with some lime juice and a dollop of sour cream to make more of a dip for the quesadilla wedges. YUM! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I added fresh minced basil and green chile peppers from the can. Husband loves them and he wants meat in his quesadillas as a rule. Good recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Great! and SO simple to make! I omitted the avocado (i don't like avocado) but added onion lettuce & sour cream to top onto the quesadilla. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made these the other day and thought they were pretty good but needed a little kick to them; any suggestions? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Easy and Delish! I added the avocado and sour cream on top of the quesadillas and served with a peach salsa on the side. Nice when peaches are in season. I cook a big batch of beans of all varieties and keep them in 2 cup portions in the freezer so they are always available. I think they taste better than canned and it reduces the sodium. madkins 8-18-10 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe has been added to the once a week healthy dinner! It is delicious! We add some jalepenos too to add a kick! YUM Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Tasty and so easy to make! I used la constena black beans and this came out great! Nice and crispy as well as flavorful and filling. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I wasn't expecting to like these. It's only five ingredients (I omitted avocado) for God's sake! But wow I really enjoyed these. Maybe it's because of the black beans which I practically love in every dish. I didn't rinse (but I did drain them) the black beans either so maybe that is why I had more flavor. I used Goya canned black beans and the whole wheat tortillas. I used Chachi's medium pico de gallo (picked up in the refrigerated section of publix). Any how I devoured these. I had one and a half tortillas...beyond the serving size. I can see why someone wouldn't like these though. Without the salsa they are a tad bit drier (texture wise) than the unhealthy white tortilla and there is a very unique taste from the whole wheat that can take some getting used to. But once you pair the salsa on top nothing is missing. It is perfect! The flavors absolutely burst. Could be the brand of salsa I used. I don't plan to used any other brand if I can help it. Can't wait to warm up another one tomorrow. I shouldn't have pre-made. I should have just kept the mixture in the bowl and made the tortillas as needed but it should warm up int the oven just fine. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I make black beans in bulk and freeze them so this recipe has become my go-to healthy quick dinner choice. I use a homemade south Texas style salsa and it has plenty of zip. If you need more zing to your version it's probably the salsa. Using something fresh spicy with a lot of flavor is what will make a big difference between an OK meal and a great one. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I could eat these every day they are so delicious!! I'll be making these a lot! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
These are soooo good! And simple! I added a bit more cheese because I like my quesedillas pretty cheesy but otherwise the recipe is perfect as is. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
We found (what we think is an improvement) that if you smash the black beans slightly before putting them in the tortilla the beans will not roll out. Good recipe. Gunnison Bob Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I like certain meatless entrees and this is one that I have been making for several years. I have it as an appetizer (just cut them smaller) for guests. They are great cold too. I like a little mashed avocado on top of mine. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I make something similar but I layer mashed sweet potato some chili powder basil black beans cheese then salsa. The sweet potato gives the beans something to hold them in and the chili powder gives it a nice kick. All on whole grain tortilla. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This recipe was wonderful as-is. The second time I made it I fork-mashed the avocado and added lime juice. It was even better!! Quick and easy too. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Yummy I made this recipe as stated except I left out the oil. My family of 5 enjoyed it. Like previous reviews I did mash up the black beans and avocado a little before mixing everything together I then heated the mixture in the microwave for a minute to warm it up before putting it on the tortilla. The tortillas I had on hand were little 6 inch carb balance tortillas and I divided the mixture in fourths with a a tortilla on top and bottom. I did not cook the tortillas in oil just put them in the pan and let them brown on each side. Good simple recipe. Made again for lunch the next two days and I'm sure I'll be making it in the future soon. Pros: Simple and quick Read More