Black Bean and Vegetable Quesadillas

Black Bean and Vegetable Quesadillas
Budget-friendly recipe
1606
Serves 6
45 mins.

Load up your quesadilla with beans and veggies for a cheesy, satisfying meal.

Ingredients

1
no salt added
2
medium
4
cups
1
cup
(or 1 ear fresh corn)
1
tablespoon
½
teaspoon
2
teaspoons
½
teaspoon
3
tablespoons
optional

What You'll Need

  • Box grater
  • Can opener
  • Colander
  • Cutting board
  • Fork
  • Large skillet with lid
  • Measuring spoons
  • Medium bowl
  • Rubber spatula
  • Sharp knife

Directions

  1. In a colander, drain and rinse black beans.
  2. Rinse zucchini. Cut into thin slices or shred with a grater.
  3. Rinse and chop fresh spinach. If using fresh parsley or cilantro, rinse and chop now.
  4. If using fresh corn, peel. Use a knife to cut corn kernels off of the cob. If using canned corn, drain.
  5. Grate cheese.
  6. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add zucchini and cayenne pepper. Cook until zucchini is semi-soft, about 5 minutes.
  7. Add corn and spinach. Cover and cook until tender, stirring a few times, about 5 minutes more. Remove from heat.
  8. Add black beans to the veggie mixture. Stir to combine. Smash beans lightly with a fork. Add 1-2 teaspoons water to make a bean-and-veggie paste.
  9. Season mixture with black pepper. If using parsley or cilantro, add now. Transfer mixture to medium bowl. Reserve skillet.
  10. Spread vegetable mixture evenly on half of each tortilla. Fold tortillas over. Press lightly with spatula to flatten.
  11. Spray skillet lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Heat over medium-high heat. Add one folded tortilla. Cook about 4 minutes per side, or until both sides of tortilla are golden brown. Repeat until all quesadillas are cooked.
  12. Cut each quesadilla into 2 wedges. Serve while hot.

Chef Tips

  • Add your favorite veggies to the filling. In place of zucchini and spinach, use up leftover cooked veggies like collards, squash, or bell peppers.

  • Use any type of bean that you have on hand.

  • To cut costs, use frozen spinach. Defrost, drain, and squeeze completely dry before adding.

  • Top with low-fat yogurt or salsa.

  • Use the remaining beans in a soup or to top a salad.

  • Cut this recipe in half to save money.

Storage Tips

  • Store in the fridge and then pop in the microwave or oven to reheat

Nutrition Info and more

Serving size:
1
piece
Total calories:
250
Total fat:
6 g
Saturated fat:
1 g
Carbohydrates:
37 g
Protein:
13 g
Fiber:
7 g
Sodium:
500 mg
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