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Black Bean Quesadilla Recipe

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All you need is a little rotel and some black beans and cheese to make this delicious black bean quesadilla recipe tonight! Rotel tomato recipes are so good and full of flavor with very little effort.

black bean quesadilla recipe cut in quarters on papers on a board

This easy dinner recipe is going to go into your rotation as one of your new favorites. And my kids love it too! This dish is on our picky eater food list. After 28 years of running a home daycare, I’ve seen all kinds of eaters, and I know how to feed the pickiest at least something. Here are more ideas for dinner that might work with picky eaters.

Rotel is so versatile and flavorful. It’s easy to open a can or a bag of frozen homemade rotel and dump it in a recipe. And it gives it all kinds of amazing flavor and depth. There are tons of great recipes with rotel that are made simply with the help of this great flavor component.

flour tortilla with rotel and black beans with bowls of rotel, black beans and shredded cheddar around them

Rotel and black beans

A black bean quesadilla is filled with black beans and cheese, and sometimes other ingredients such as vegetables, meats, and spices, before being grilled to melt the cheese and warm the fillings. The quesadilla is typically made with a tortilla, either flour or corn, that is folded over the filling and cooked until crispy. It is a popular Mexican dish and can be served as a main course or a snack.

Black beans are my favorite and they go great with the flavors of rotel. It’s a simple recipe using canned black beans and canned rotel and it’s inexpensive to make too. You can make the beans fresh from dried beans as well. Make them fresh or make the beans in bulk and freeze them in two-cup portions. This will save you even more money on food. But canned work well too.

Making quesadillas on a board with toppings around

Vegetarian quesadillas

If you’re looking for a quality meatless meal idea, this bean and rotel quesadilla is a wonderful menu item to serve. Full of flavor, with lots of great fiber and protein, and even picky eaters love quesadillas. Cheese and tortillas make everything taste good.

Speaking of picky eaters, check out these other quesadilla ideas that picky eaters will also love, after decades of running a home daycare, I know picky eaters and quesadillas have always been a favorite:

Rotel and black beans quesadilla recipe

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Rotel and Black Bean Quesadilla Recipe

Rich, flavorful rotel and black bean quesadillas oozing with melted cheese and bursting with yummy goodness.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: black bean and rotel quesadillas, black bean quesadillas, quesadillas, recipes with rotel, rotel
Servings: 4
Calories: 475kcal
Author: Christina

Ingredients

  • 2 cans black beans
  • 1 can rotel (or a bag of frozen homemade)
  • 2 cups Mexican style shredded cheese
  • 4 flour tortillas

Instructions

  • Add half of the black beas to a bowl, and using the back of a spoon or a potato masher, mash the beans into a paste.
  • Add the rotel and stir well.
  • Heat a griddle on medium heat, or you can use a 10 inch or larger skillet over medium heat on the stove if you don’t have a griddle.
  • Set a tortilla on the griddle, and spoon ¼ of the mixture onto one side, then spread over half of the tortilla.
  • Add ¼ of the remaining black beans all over on top of the bean and rotel mixture.
  • Sprinkle ½ cup of cheese over the beans and rotel.
  • Fold the other half of the tortilla onto the half covered in ingredients, and grill for 3-5 minutes, or until one side is golden.
  • Carefully flip the tortilla over, and cook the other side until golden.

Nutrition

Calories: 475kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 572mg | Potassium: 722mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 497IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 478mg | Iron: 5mg

Loaded quesadillas

Loaded quesadillas can contain a variety of fillings, including:

  • Cheddar
  • Monterey Jack
  • Pepper jack
  • Bell peppers
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Grilled peppers and onions
  • Cucumber slices
  • Mushrooms
  • Pinto Beans
  • Salsa
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Hot sauce
  • Guacamole
  • Avocado
  • Sour cream
  • Greek yogurt
  • Mexican ranch

You can mix and match these ingredients to create your perfect quesadilla!

For more quick and easy dinner ideas that are meatless, check these out.

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