Recipe Time! Black Bean Quesadillas

by Megan

As I stated in my bio, I don’t love cooking. There are times when I’d say I like it but those times are far and few in between. I love eating though, so if someone isn’t cooking for me I have to plant myself in the kitchen until I come out with something tasty. I like to try new and different foods but I wouldn’t say I have the same taste or expectations of a foodie, so if you’re looking for that you may want to go elsewhere. However, if you’re looking for a delicious, fairly healthy and easy to make recipe I’m your girl! In fact, I’ll go beyond that and keep these recipes at 8 ingredients or less, ready in 30 minutes or less. Sound good? Ok, let’s roll.

Black Bean Quesadillas

In college, quesadillas were just tortillas microwaved with tons of cheese and some salsa, I’ve since upgraded and added beans. Beans are pretty inexpensive (compared to meat). This recipe from Delish is what I use.


  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 Cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (I just use whatever shredded cheese I have in the fridge)
  • 1/2 Cup prepared fresh salsa (again, I usually just use whatever jar I have in the fridge but props to you if you have fresh salsa!)
  • 4 - 8 in. whole-wheat tortillas
  • 2 tsp. canola oil, divided
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced


  1. Combine beans, cheese and ¼ cup salsa in a medium bowl. Place tortillas on a work surface and spread a ½ cup filling on half of each tortilla. Fold tortilla in half.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 quesadillas and cook, turning once, until golden on both sides, 2-4 minutes total. Transfer to a cutting board and tent with foil to keep warm. Repeat with the rest of the oil and quesadillas. Serve with avocado and the rest of the salsa.

Serves 4. Per serving: 377 calories, 16 g fat, 679 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrates and 13 g protein.

Let me know what you think? A lot better than my college days of dinning, that's for sure. Check back for more recipes with 8 ingredients or less that are ready in 30 minutes or less. Easy cooking has become my specialty - not that it's fine cuisine, but it is tasty!

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