Ok, ok, I admit it. My favorite guilty pleasure is bean quesadillas. With LOTS of sour cream! In fact, my fave thing to do when we aren’t having a family dinner is to wait until the kids go to bed, make my quesadilla, and then sneak away to watch some girly movie or tv show. It’s just so relaxing to me. I love my alone time, I’ve always been this way. It’s definitely getting increasingly more difficult with a growing family and work to do after bedtime so this is my one chance to just relax and indulge! Sigh.
I will try to get a proper photo of my masterpiece, but the one below is basically what I do. I love the all-natural salsas in the cheese section of the grocery store and lately I’ve been shaking things up a bit using mango salsa! I basically just layer cheese on half of the tortilla, then beans and salsa, then more cheese and then fold it over and cook on medium for a bit until lightly browned on both sides. If I am feeling patient, I like to simmer some small red beans or black beans in the salsa for 30 minutes to infuse the flavors, or so I like to believe!
Black Bean Quesadillas
From Eating Well
- 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
- 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 1/2 cup prepared fresh salsa (see Tip), divided
- 4 8-inch whole-wheat tortillas
- 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
- 1 ripe avocado, diced
- Combine beans, cheese and 1/4 cup salsa in a medium bowl. Place tortillas on a work surface. Spread 1/2 cup filling on half of each tortilla. Fold tortillas in half, pressing gently to flatten.
- Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 quesadillas and cook, turning once, until golden on both sides, 2 to 4 minutes total. Transfer to a cutting board and tent with foil to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and quesadillas. Serve the quesadillas with avocado and the remaining salsa.
Tips & Notes
- Look for prepared fresh salsa in the supermarket refrigerator section near other dips and spreads.
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