These make-ahead quesadillas are a genius campfire dinner solution. Assemble and wrap in foil at home, then once you get to camp, just throw over hot coals for a quick campsite meal.

Hilary Meyer
Source:, July 2017


Recipe Summary

20 mins
25 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine chicken, black beans, chili powder and cilantro in a medium bowl.

  • Tear off four 12-inch pieces of foil. Place a tortilla on a piece of foil and evenly spread 1/2 cup chicken mixture and 1/4 cup cheese over half of the tortilla. Fold the tortilla in half, then wrap in the foil. Repeat with the remaining foil, tortillas, chicken mixture and cheese.

  • Mash avocado, lime juice, garlic powder and salt in a small bowl until chunky-smooth. Transfer to small container with a tight-fitting lid. Before closing the lid, press a small piece of plastic wrap on the surface of the guacamole to prevent browning. Close the container.

  • Prepare a campfire and let it burn down to the coals. Cook the foil-wrapped quesadillas 4 to 6 inches above the coals, turning once, until hot, 5 to 10 minutes. Open carefully. Stir the guacamole and serve with the quesadillas.


To make ahead: Store the assembled and wrapped quesadillas and the guacamole in a refrigerator or cold cooler for up to one day.

Nutrition Facts

460 calories; protein 30.3g 61% DV; carbohydrates 40.9g 13% DV; dietary fiber 8.9g 36% DV; sugars 5.9g; fat 19.5g 30% DV; saturated fat 6.9g 35% DV; cholesterol 68.8mg 23% DV; vitamin a iu 739.8IU 15% DV; vitamin c 8.9mg 15% DV; folate 78.8mcg 20% DV; calcium 324.6mg 33% DV; iron 3.6mg 20% DV; magnesium 39.1mg 14% DV; potassium 593.5mg 17% DV; sodium 705.3mg 28% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 15% DV.