Chile-Lime Cauliflower Quesadillas


Poblano peppers add a touch of heat to these vegetarian quesadillas, but a sweet bell pepper is tasty, too, if you want something milder. Start these quesadillas in the oven and finish them off in a skillet for melty cheese and crispy tortillas.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
8 quesadillas


  • 3 tablespoons corn oil, divided

  • 1 tablespoon tablespoon chili-lime seasoning or rub, such as Tajín (see Tip)

  • 2 cups chopped cauliflower

  • 1 cup chopped poblano peppers

  • 8 (6 inch) corn or whole-wheat tortillas, warmed

  • ½ cup reduced-sodium refried black beans

  • ¾ cup shredded Cheddar cheese

  • Salsa for serving


  1. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler to high. Line a baking sheet with foil.

  2. Whisk 1 tablespoon oil and seasoning in a medium bowl. Add cauliflower and poblanos; toss to coat. Spread evenly on the prepared pan. Broil on the upper rack until just tender, about 8 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 200 degrees .

  3. Top half of each tortilla with 1 tablespoon each beans and cheese and 1/4 cup of the vegetable mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Fold the tortillas in half.

  4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 4 quesadillas and cook, flipping once halfway, until browned, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to the baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and 4 quesadillas. Serve the quesadillas with salsa, if desired.


Tip: Chile-lime seasoning originated in Mexico, where you'll find it on the rims of margarita glasses and sprinkled on mango and jicama slices. It's recently become popular in the U.S. We use it to add spice and tang to the quesadilla filling in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

336 Calories
20g Fat
31g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 quesadillas
Calories 336
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 11g 22%
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Vitamin A 477IU 10%
Vitamin C 35mg 39%
Folate 36mcg 9%
Sodium 800mg 35%
Calcium 210mg 16%
Iron 2mg 8%
Magnesium 48mg 11%
Potassium 254mg 5%

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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