Bean and Cheese Quesadillas

A black bean and salsa mixture is spread on tortillas then topped with cheese for this meatless meal.

Bean and Cheese Quesadillas
Servings: 6 Prep 15 mins Cook 7 mins to 10 mins


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 small green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and lightly mashed
  • 1/2 cup lower sodium salsa (such as Muir Glen)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 package (10-count) fajita-size flour or whole-wheat tortillas
  • 8 ounces reduced-fat pepper Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  • Extra salsa for serving (optional)

Make It

1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and green pepper and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in beans, salsa and chili powder. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Place over medium-high heat. Place one tortilla in the skillet and cook for 1 minute. Spread 1/3 cup of the bean mixture and 1/3 cup of the cheese evenly over the tortilla. Sprinkle some of the cilantro over the top. Place another tortilla on top and cook 1 minute. Press gently with a spatula and turn. Cook for 1 minute or until browned.

3. Place quesadilla on a baking sheet and keep warm in 200 degrees oven. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make four additional quesadillas. Allow skillet to cool slightly if it becomes too hot.

4. To serve, cut each quesadilla into quarters. Serve 3 quarters to each person (there will be 2 leftover wedges for nondieters to enjoy)

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 6; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 312, Fat, total (g): 13, chol. (mg): 23, carb. (g): 34, fiber (g): 5, pro. (g): 16, sodium (mg): 786, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.