Springtime Black Bean Quesadillas

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Black Bean Quesadillas

I have realized that people assume that as food bloggers we are making fancy and lavish dinners at home everyday. Umm No. I mean of course I love to cook and I also cook everyday but those fancy dinners are usually reserved for the weekend. Don’t we all want something quick and easy for the weekdays? Something which could be made with minimal prep work and still taste delicious? Yes we all want that!

Growing up, the usual dinner that I ate was always Indian, no not the naan and curry that’s exclusive to restaurants. What we ate was simple roti (whole wheat flatbread) , lentils and veggies. This is what I ate 95% of the time for dinner. But making a proper Indian dinner takes time and I do not have the time to do it every day. It is on those days that I make quesadillas, it’s my favorite quick meal. They are so easy to throw together with so many filling options. And with the weather warming up, I made these spring time black bean quesadillas. Topped with sweet potato fries and crispy onion rings, I served these quesadillas with a sweet and spicy mayo sriracha dipping sauce.

Vegetarian Black Bean Quesadillas

I love spring! So much prettiness all around!

Springtime Veggies

Anyway back to my quesadillas and how do I make them extra delicious! Being a vegetarian, I am always on the lookout for interesting and different filling options for my quesadillas, something which could be made quickly and also tastes good. Speaking of which, during my recent trip to Walmart I grabbed few packets of Alexia Spicy Sweet Potato Fries, Crispy Onion Rings & Sweet Potato Fries with Sea Salt. I thought it would be fun to not only serve the fries along with the quesadillas but also to fill them with these crispy onion rings and fries!

Have you guys tried this? Stuffing your quesadillas with french fries and onion rings? Well you definitely need to because the crispy onion rings added in that desired crispiness to the quesadillas and the spicy sweet potato fries made them even more flavorful [and more spicy too and I obviously love me some spice!]

Alexia Onion Rings & FriesThe Alexia Fries and Onion rings are ready in less than 20 minutes and what I love about them is that they are all made from finest natural ingredients. Alexia has a wide variety of products and some of them are also Non-GMO certified. Make sure to check out their website to know more. I know I will be getting more Alexia products to whip up easy meals like this. I love easy recipes, don’t you?

Black Bean Vegetarian Quesadillas With Onion Rings & Fries

This recipe for these springtime black bean quesadillas is super simple and there’s hardly any cooking involved. First bake your Spicy Sweet Potato Fries and Crispy Onion Rings (I love how crispy they were!) according to instructions on the package. Then mix in all ingredients together, cover the tortilla with the filling and top with fries, onion rings and cheese. Super simple right! Oh and don’t forget to serve some Sweet Potato Fries along with mayo sriracha dipping sauce for that extra flavor!

Mayo Sriracha Dipping Sauce

 

Method

Gather all your ingredients. I used a 3 cheese blend for these quesadillas, you can use any cheese of your choice. I got the broccoli slaw from my local Walmart store, in case you don’t have it simply use 1/2 cup of shredded carrot, red cabbage and broccoli.

Black Bean Quesadillas Ingredients

Start by making the chipotle chili spread. In a bowl mix together sour cream, mayonnaise and chipotle chili in adobo sauce (only the sauce).

Add the dried dill.

Mix till well combined. Keep it in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Springtime Black Bean Quesadillas Recipe-Step-1

To make the filling rinse the beans and place them in a bowl. To the bowl add chopped bell peppers, scallions, broccoli slaw mix, salt, garlic salt, tomato ketchup, cumin powder, red chili powder and cajun spice mix [optional]

Add chopped cilantro, lime juice and mix.

Using the back of your spoon mash the beans, it’s okay to not mash all of them. Mashed beans are easier to fill in the quesadillas.

Springtime Black Bean Quesadillas Recipe-Step-2

Take a tortilla and apply on it around 1-1.5 tablespoons of chipotle chili sauce that we prepared earlier. Now cover the tortilla with 5-6 tablespoons of the filling. Do not overfill it else the filling will start coming out.

Sprinkle around 2-3 tablespoons of your favorite cheese on top.

Place Alexia Spicy Sweet Potato Fries and Crispy Onion Rings on top. You can add more of them, I just don’t like over-stuffing my quesadillas. Top it with 1 more tablespoon of cheese, it helps to hold the tortillas together. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

Springtime Black Bean Quesadillas Recipe-Step-3

Place a handful of spring greens [optional] and cover with another tortilla smeared with the chipotle chili sauce with the sauce side facing down.

Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan on medium heat. Place the tortilla on it  and let it cook for few minutes. Then pour some oil on the side facing you and flip the tortillas carefully. Cook till it’s nice and crisp from both sides.

Quesadillas are done when tortillas is golden brown and crisp. Cut the tortilla into 4 quarters using a sharp knife or pizza cutter.

Springtime Black Bean Quesadillas Recipe-Step-4

And now make a quick mayonnaise sriracha dipping sauce before you serve these! In a bowl mix together mayonnaise and honey.

Add in the sriracha hot sauce and some garlic salt.

Mix till everything is well combined. You can add more hot sauce if you like spicy food!

Springtime Black Bean Quesadillas Recipe-Step

Top with avocado and enjoy the quesadillas with a side of Alexia Sweet Potato Fries and mayo sriracha dipping sauce!

What is your favorite quick meal? Let me know in the comments section below!

Springtime Black Bean Quesadillas

Visit your nearest Walmart to grab your own packets of Alexia Onion Rings & Fries. I found mine in the frozen section in the Frozen Vegetable/Potatoes aisle. Visit Alexia Foods on Facebook and Pinterest for more delicious recipe ideas!

Alexia Onion Rings & Fries in Walmart

* Use a good amount of cheese in the quesadillas, it is important to hold the tortillas together. In case you think the tortillas are not sticking together, add more cheese.

* Be very careful while flipping the tortillas. Flip them carefully so that the filling doesn’t come out.

* Feel free to change the veggies according to what you have in the refrigerator. It’s not mandatory to use all of them!

* Quesadillas should be made and served immediately. They taste best when they are fresh and crispy.

Springtime Black Bean Quesadillas

Serves: 3

Springtime Black Bean Quesadillas are filled with fresh veggies and topped with crispy onion rings and spicy sweet potato fries! Served with Sriracha Mayo dipping sauce.
Ingredients
Chipotle Chili Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons adobo sauce, chipotle chili in adobo sauce
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill
Mayo Sriracha Dipping Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce [or more if you love spicy!]
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Filling
  • 1 can of dark kidney beans or black beans [15 oz]
  • ¼ yellow pepper, chopped
  • ¼ red pepper, chopped
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • ½ cup broccoli mix [or you can use ½ cup shredded broccoli, carrot & cabbage]
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon tomato ketchup
  • 1-2 teaspoons lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cajun spice [optional]
  • salt, to taste
  • spring greens [optional]
To make & serve the quesadillas
  • 6 large flour tortillas
  • 3-4 teaspoons of oil
  • ¾ cup grated cheese, your choice of cheese [i used mix of cheddar, monterey jack and mozzarella]
  • onion rings, 4-5 per quesadilla + more to serve
  • sweet potato fries, 4-5 per quesadilla + more to serve
  • sweet potato fries, to serve on the side [I used alexia sweet potato fries with sea salt]
  • sliced avocados, to serve
Instructions
Make the chipotle chili sauce
  1. Start by making the chipotle chili spread. In a bowl mix together sour cream, mayonnaise and chipotle chili in adobo sauce (only the sauce).
  2. Add the dried dill and mix till well combined. Keep it in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Make the filling
  1. To make the filling rinse the beans and place them in a bowl.
  2. To the bowl add chopped bell peppers, scallions, broccoli slaw mix, salt, garlic salt, tomato ketchup, cumin powder, red chili powder and cajun spice mix [optional]
  3. Add chopped cilantro, lime juice and mix.
  4. Using the back of your spoon mash the beans, it's okay to not mash all of them. Mashed beans are easier to fill in the quesadillas.
  5. Take a flour tortilla and apply on it around 1-1.5 tablespoons of chipotle chili sauce that we prepared earlier.
  6. Now cover the tortilla with 5-6 tablespoons of the filling. Do not overfill it else the filling will start coming out.
  7. Sprinkle around 3 tablespoons of your favorite cheese on top.
  8. Place Alexia Spicy Sweet Potato Fries and Crispy Onion Rings on top. Top it with 1 more tablespoon of cheese, it helps to hold the tortillas together.
  9. Place a handful of spring greens [optional] and cover with another tortilla smeared with the chipotle chili sauce with the sauce side facing down.
Cook the quesadillas
  1. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan on medium heat. Place the filled tortilla on it and let it cook for few minutes.
  2. Then pour some oil on the side facing you and flip the tortillas carefully. Cook till it’s nice and crisp from both side.
  3. Quesadillas are done when tortillas is golden brown and crisp. Cut the tortilla into 4 quarters using a sharp knife or pizza cutter.
Make mayo sriracha dipping sauce
  1. In a bowl mix together mayonnaise and honey.
  2. Add in the sriracha hot sauce and some garlic salt.
  3. Mix till everything is well combined. You can add more hot sauce if you like spicy food.
  4. Serve quesadillas with Alexia fries and mayo sriracha dipping sauce on the side.

 Springtime Black Bean Quesadillas

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45 thoughts on “Springtime Black Bean Quesadillas

  1. WOW. This sounds delicious! I’ve never used onion rings or fries on a quesadilla before but I must give this a try! Thank you for sharing your recipe. #client

  2. These quesadillas sound so yummy! And that dipping sauce, WOW!! I agree about making fancy dinners. People don’t realize how much time goes into a indian dish. It takes me all afternoon sometimes. 😉 These sound perfect for dinner! Pinned!

  3. First off, Manali, stuffing your quesadillas with fries and onion rings is absolutely genius! I have been in such a mood for stovetop dinners recently that your photos are making me absolutely drool-faced in front of my laptop. I can’t wait to get home and whip these up sometime this weekend! The also just so glad that I found your blog: the clean feel and lovely stories fit this springtime recipe so well! I hope you have a fabulous rest of your week – thank you so much for sharing this!

  4. I adore simple and delicious recipes, especially for week days. I think it’s a common misconception that everything we make is “gourmet.” Half the time I struggle to make dinner after a day of cooking! I love Alexia products! Looks delicious, Manali!

  5. I am confused. This recipe for black bean quesadillas doesn’t appear to have any black beans in it, but kidney beans instead. Did I miss something?

      1. That much I understand, just didn’t understand why a recipe for black bean quesadillas didn’t contain black beans.

  6. Real quesadillas are made with Corn tortillas n fried . they are stuffed with cheese n anything you like. Once you eat one ,you’ll taste the difference.

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