Camping Chicken Quesadillas

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.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 servings


  • 1 cup chopped cooked chicken breast

  • 1 cup low-sodium black beans, rinsed

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro

  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend

  • 4 8-inch whole-wheat flour tortillas

  • 1 ripe avocado

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Combine chicken, black beans, chili powder and cilantro in a medium bowl.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 (per serving)

460 Calories
20g Fat
41g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 460
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 30g 61%
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Vitamin A 740IU 15%
Vitamin C 9mg 10%
Folate 79mcg 20%
Sodium 705mg 31%
Calcium 325mg 25%
Iron 4mg 20%
Magnesium 39mg 9%
Potassium 594mg 13%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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