Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bean & Cheese Quesadillas

I made these last week by request from by Elisa. Then I noticed I hadn't posted this recipe yet even though I've made this for years. They're so good and I love to eat them with lettuce and sour cream (or just plain on a Rugrats plate). If you want to add some spice you can add some chili powder to the beans. I've made them with dinner or as party food.
Bean & Cheese Quesadillas
1 c. green pepper, chopped
1/2 c. red onion, chopped
1 t. olive oil
1 (16-oz.) can pinto beans, rinsed & drained
1 (15 1/2-oz.) dark red kidney beans, rinsed & drained
1 T. lemon juice
1/2 t. paprika
1/2 t. dried dill weed or cumin seed
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. garlic powder

6 (8-inch) flour tortillas
3/4 c. Colby-Jack cheese, shredded

Combine green pepper, onion and oil in 2-quart casserole. Cover. Microwave on HIGH for 4-6 minutes, or until vegetables are tender, stirring once. Add beans, lemon juice, paprika, dill weed or cumin seed, salt and garlic powder. Mix well. Re-cover. Microwave on HIGH for 3-5 minutes, or until mixture is very hot, stirring once or twice. Mash beans slightly.

Spread 1/2 cup bean mixture over half of 1 tortilla, to within 1/2-inch of edge. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cheese. Fold tortilla over bean mixture, tortillas and cheese. In 12-inch skillet, heat 1/8-inch oil over medium-high heat. Fry 2 quesadillas at a time for 3-5 minutes, or until golden brown, turning once. Add additional oil if necessary. Cut each quesadilla in wedges.


  1. This looks delicious! By the way, I love the new look of your blog!

  2. I'm really into beans right now and this looks so good! I'll have to make these.

  3. Hey Valerie...those look wonderfully yummy!
    Thanks for always visiting:

    I also love your new look!

  4. That sounds great, Valerie. I love beans but don't use them in anything other than the normal rice and beans and maybe some soup.

    Happy Friday!

  5. What a delicious, simple dinner. Have a happy weekend, Valerie! And props to your husband for not eating sweets... I wouldn't make it through my week without them. :)

  6. You food bloggers kill me. Or kill my diet = )

    Sounds yummy and probably a low calorie version of the steak and FAT quesadillas I make to add pounds on my ... well, I'll have to try out this version and tone mine down. The goal is to lose weight this year for good which means tone down all the fatty stuff in my otherwise, normally cooked meals.

    Also, thanks for that tip of the Pitterle (Spell check) website. 11 kids - WOW!


  7. Just so you know, I've pretty much just started searching your blog when I'm in need of a recipe. Love it all!


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