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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Ann Arbor, MI!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Healthy Black Bean Quesadillas

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healthy black bean quesadillas veggieQuesadillas are one of those meals that just about everyone likes.

Warm, crispy tortillas, melted, gooey cheese, and any assortment of toppings make this classic comfort food at its best.

My husband loves Mexican food, and quesadillas are no exception. But the way he used to make quesadillas made me cringe: white tortillas, with just cheese inside, cooked on a skillet with too much oil!

When we first got married, I was determined to make a healthier version of a quesadilla that he would still eat and enjoy. And I’m glad to say that these healthy black bean quesadillas did the trick!

So how did I make over this classic recipe in a healthy way? With just a few simple swaps that even my husband’s picky palate could not reject! They were:

  1. A sprouted wheat tortilla instead of a white tortilla: more fiber, same great taste and texture.
  2. Organic, refried black beans for the filling instead of just cheese: adds more fiber and protein to the dish.
  3. The addition of some finely chopped veggies for some fiber, antioxidants and texture: I used bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes but you can use any combination you like!
  4. Cheese – but just not as much! Same gooey-ness, less calories.
  5. Light and refreshing toppings like fresh salsa and guacamole
  6. Used extra virgin olive oil cooking spray instead of oil to cook the quesadillas: You get the same crispy texture on the outside without adding all that extra fat!

Doesn’t my healthy version look just like the real thing?? I promise it tastes just like it too! But my version takes care of all of the nutritional problems with “regular” quesadillas (no fiber, too much fat/oil/cheese, no veggies, etc), so you can enjoy it guilt-free.

This recipe is family-friendly, super easy to make (ready in 30 minutes!) and kid-friendly too. In fact, this is one of Layla and Ayan’s favorite meals! I guarantee that if you make this recipe, you’ll end up with a fiber & protein packed meal that’s absolutely delicious, and is sure to satisfy even the most die-hard quesadilla fans.

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The Ingredients:

  • 4 Sprouted Wheat Tortillas (1 per quesadilla)
  • 1 cup Mexican shredded cheese blend (1/4 cup per quesadilla)
  • 1 cup Refried black beans (1/4 cup per quesadilla)
  • Taco Seasoning (to taste)
  • 2-3 roma tomatoes, diced (1/4 cup per quesadilla)
  • 1/2 red onion, diced (1 tbsp per quesadilla)
  • 1 red/orange/yellow pepper, diced (1/4 of a pepper per quesadilla)
  • Toppings: Salsa and Guacamole (2 tbsp salsa + 1 tbsp guacamole per quesadilla)

The Directions:

Step 1: Heat beans over the stove on medium heat. Add taco seasoning to taste and stir until combined

Step 2: Heat a large pan over medium to medium-low heat, spray with olive oil cooking spray. Add tortilla to the pan.

Step 3: Assemble quesadillas: one layer of beans, one layer of cheese (1/8 cup), a layer of onions & peppers, and another layer of cheese (remaining 1/8 cup)

Step 4: Grill the quesadillas in the pan until both sides are browned and crispy and the cheese has melted. Top with diced tomatoes, 1 Tbsp guac and 2 Tbsp salsa.

This is the perfect weeknight meal! I hope you and your family enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

Healthy Black Bean Quesadillas

These easy quesadillas are packed with filling black beans, gooey cheese, and crunchy veggies, and are ready in under 30 minutes!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: black bean and veggie quesadillas, black bean quesadillas, healthy vegetarian quesadillas
Calories: 380kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 Sprouted Wheat Tortillas (1 per quesadilla)
  • 1 cup Mexican shredded cheese blend (1/4 cup per quesadilla)
  • 1 cup Refried black beans (1/4 cup per quesadilla)
  • 1 tsp Taco Seasoning (more to taste)
  • 3 roma tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 1 red/orange/yellow bell pepper diced
  • 8 tbsp Salsa (2 tbsp per quesadilla)
  • 4 tbsp Guacamole (1 tbsp per quesadilla)

Instructions

  • Heat beans over the stove on medium heat. Add taco seasoning to taste and stir until combined
  • Heat a large pan over medium to medium-low heat, spray with olive oil cooking spray. Add tortilla to pan.
  • Assemble quesadillas: one layer of beans, one layer of cheese (1/8 cup), a layer of onions & peppers, and another layer of cheese (remaining 1/8 cup)
  • Grill the quesadillas in the pan until both sides are browned and crispy and the cheese has melted. Top with diced tomatoes, 1 Tbsp guac and 2 Tbsp salsa. 

Notes

1 serving = 1 quesadilla

Nutrition

Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 46.8g | Protein: 18.6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4.6g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 848mg | Potassium: 636mg | Fiber: 10.9g | Sugar: 1.5g

 

Looking for a quick and healthy weeknight dinner? This healthy black bean quesadilla is exactly what you need! It is fast healthy and delicious!
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42 responses to “Healthy Black Bean Quesadillas”

    • Thanks so much! And yes – they are the perfect party food 🙂 You can just cut them up ahead of time and then people can just munch on them all evening!

  1. Delicious, as per usual. If you stop posting things, I will starve to death. Or more likely just eat things from your previous posts over and over again. You are like the boss of my diet now.

    • Haha! Thanks Michael! Don’t worry – I will never stop posting things 🙂 So glad you’re enjoying my recipes!

  2. Oh my…that looks amazing. I have some leftover guac from our NYE party and was wondering what I could use it with (I mean besides just eating it out of the bowl :P).

    Unfortunately we don’t get refried beans here in Australia (canned black beans are non-existent here *pout*) but I’m thinking red kidney beans might be a good enough substitute. Will try this immediately! 🙂

    • Haha! Guac out of the bowl might be one of my snacks today, since we have some left over from last night 🙂 That’s too bad that you don’t get refried beans in Australia! Do you get pinto beans? If so, you can mash those up with some taco seasoning and that would be a good substitute. If not, red kidney beans mashed up with cumin & chili powder would work well too. Let me know what you end up using and how it turns out!

  3. Hi Anjali, just tried these and they are great.
    Didn’t have canned black beans so substituted brown leantils and they were perfest.
    Also just put 2 sweet corn on the grill, charred them up a bit sliced of the kernnels and and added them to the mix.
    I will make these again and what I love is clearly what you have you can just thow it in.

    Cheers and thaks again.
    Geoff

  4. I’m making these for dinner tonight.. Nice and low cal, but I’m adding chicken for more protein.. I work out a lot and need the extra protein.. Ty it looks awesome.. Dicing things up now ….yummmm

  5. I love your recipes on this site! I did have one question though–I’ve never been a fan of peppers of any color. I can’t seem to like them enough to include them in my recipes. Do you have another “staple” veggie you could recommend in place of peppers? Thanks!

    • Thank you so much Melissa!! For these quesadillas, you can actually add in any veggie you like in place of the peppers! It will still taste great. Zucchini, spinach, or corn are all great options – but honestly any vegetable that’s your favorite can be thrown in as well. Hope that helps! Let me know how this recipe turns out for you!

    • No problem at all! I like Angelic Bakehouse (my fav), Maria & Ricardo’s sprouted wheat tortillas (also good but those can be hard to find), and Ezekiel (as a backup if the other two aren’t available)!

    • Hi! You can get them at any grocery store (they usually have at least one option). But Whole Foods and Trader Joes always have sprouted wheat tortillas so you’re guaranteed to find it there! Hope that helps!

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