Whole-wheat tortillas are filled with smoky bacon, earthy chard and zesty Monterey Jack cheese in this quick, healthy quesadilla recipe that you can cook all in one skillet.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2013


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Instructions Checklist
  • Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, until crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, add onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add chard and pepper; cook, stirring, until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Add beans and coarsely mash; stir to combine. Remove from heat.

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

  • Wipe out the pan and return to medium heat. Add 4 quesadillas and cook, turning once, until golden on both sides, 2 to 4 minutes total. Transfer to a platter and tent with foil to keep warm. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook the remaining quesadillas.

Nutrition Facts

375.5 calories; protein 20.5g 41% DV; carbohydrates 57.7g 19% DV; exchange other carbs 4; dietary fiber 9.2g 37% DV; sugars 4.3g; fat 12.4g 19% DV; saturated fat 6.5g 33% DV; cholesterol 32.1mg 11% DV; vitamin a iu 2423.3IU 49% DV; vitamin c 14.1mg 24% DV; folate 59.4mcg 15% DV; calcium 285.4mg 29% DV; iron 3.9mg 22% DV; magnesium 92.2mg 33% DV; potassium 618.6mg 17% DV; sodium 766.2mg 31% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 35% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
Regular Staple of My Repertoire I've been making this regularly for a couple of years now. I cook for one and everything I make regularly has to work well for leftovers and be able to be reheated well with just a microwave at work. I also appreciate the meals cook up in one pan as I have a tiny kitchen and no dishwasher. I've adapted a little over time for my single person needs and thought I'd share: 1. Cook the bacon in a large non stick skillet. While it's cooking chop the onion and chard and put them aside in a bowl and rinse the beans. 2. Remove the bacon from the pan and press with paper towels. You can drain some of the grease but be sure to leave a little for sauteing the onions. 3. Add onions and saute briefly. When they are starting to warm up add the beans. Stir a little and if desired do the coarsely mashing thing with the spoon. I don't usually bother - it's not necessary. Tear or chop the bacon and throw it in. 4. Separate the bean onion and bacon mixture into quarters. Put it in four equal size plastic containers (I like Rubbermaid Snap N Seal personally). Add the chard and cover the skillet for the chard to wilt. 5. While the chard is wilting grate the cheese and separate it into quarters. Put into equal size containers. Once the chard is wilted do the same with it. You could add the chard to the bean mixture container but I find it's easier to spread evenly on the tortilla if they are separate. 6. When reheating reheat the beans mixture and Read More
Rating: 4 stars
What a quick hit. These were a hit. They are quick to make and easy. I have made them twice. The second time I splashed in some Franks' hot sauce to give a little more kick. They make a great Saturday quick lunch. Pros: Quick nutricious and little mess Cons: Can't think of any Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Delicious and Filling I was unable to find chard so I used kale as a substitute. These were delicious and very filling--pretty easy to make as well! They were very flavorful mostly due to the bacon. I will be making them again. Even my picky boyfriend liked them. Pros: Easy to make yummy lots of veggies Cons: None Read More
Rating: 3 stars
What You'd Expect These came out how I figured they would which was good. They didn't blow me away. I think the taste of the chard masked everything else. I doubt I make them again but it was a good healthy quick meal for dinner. Pros: Easy to make filling cheap Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Simple delicious Bacon plus chard -- how can you miss? This was easy and the leftovers worked too. I always chop up chard stems and cook them with the onion. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very nice These were great! The bacon gave them a nice smoky flavor and everything else blended together very well. Quite filling too. Pros: Tasty quick filling Read More