bean & cheese quesadillas

filled with creamy beans and gooey cheese, these bean & cheese quesadillas are the perfect fast, easy, family-friendly meal!

as any parent (or college student) knows, quesadillas are the ultimate kid food.  a grilled cheese in a tortilla. and because the foundation is so basic, quesadillas lend themselves super well to add-ins.  beans, meat, veggies - all are right at home nestled with creamy, melty cheese inside a crisp tortilla.  

for these bean & cheese quesadillas i made it a point to keep it simple.  just beans, cheese, some sauteed onions & peppers.  that's it, and you know what?  they are awesome.  the flavors of the beans are enhanced by the onions & peppers.  the mild cheese isn't overpowered by too many spices.  a quick and easy family-friendly recipe, perfect for a quick weekday lunch or dinner. 

recipe: bean & cheese quesadillas

serves: 3


  • 3 large flour tortillas - we use whole foods (364 brand) homestyle
  • 1 14oz  can pinto beans, drained but not rinsed
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 4oz can chopped, mild green chiles
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt, pepper
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • hot sauce, to taste - cholula brand recommended
  • 1 generous c shredded, mild cheese - we use a combo of mozzerella, colby jack & cheddar, divided (into 3 piles)
  • avocado - for serving
  • sour cream - for serving
  • salsa - for serving
  • 3 tsp finely sliced scallions - for serving


  1. heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat
  2. when hot, add the onion & pepper and a sprinkle of salt.  stir
  3. cover & cook for 3 - 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the onions are beginning to brown
  4. add the garlic and cook another 2 minutes
  5. add the beans and green chiles.  smash the beans with the back of a fork until they are mostly smooth
  6. season with 1/4 tsp garlic powder and salt & pepper to taste
  7. cover and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the beans are warmed through
  8. add the hot sauce (if using) & taste, adjusting seasonings if needed
  9. remove from heat and set aside
  10. put one tortilla in a large skillet.  sprinkle half with 1/2 of one of the piles of cheese. then top with  1/3 of the bean mix and the remaining 1/2 of the pile of cheese
  11. fold the empty side of the tortilla over the filling and heat on low until the cheese is beginning to melt and the tortilla is beginning to crisp slightly, about 3 minutes
  12. carefully flip the quesadilla over and continue cooking another 3 minutes or so, until the cheese is fully melted and the tortilla is a bit crisp.  remove from heat and set aside
  13. repeat process with remaining tortilla
  14. transfer to a plate and sprinkle with scallions.  serve with chopped avocado, salsa & sour cream on the side (if desired)
  15. enjoy!


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