bean, cheese, quesadillas, bean and cheese quesadillas, inexpensive dinner, cheap dinner, budget dinner
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 small green pepper, seeded and chopped
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and lightly mashed
1/2 cup lower sodium salsa (such as Muir Glen)
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 package (10 count) whole-wheat tortillas
8 ounces reduced-fat pepper Jack cheese, shredded
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
Extra salsa for serving (optional)
1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and green pepper and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in beans, salsa and chili powder. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Place over medium-high heat. Place one tortilla in the skillet and cook for 1 minute. Spread 1/3 cup of the bean mixture and 1/3 cup of the cheese evenly over the tortilla. Sprinkle some of the cilantro over the top. Place another tortilla on top and cook 1 minute. Press gently with a spatula and turn. Cook for 1 minute or until browned.
3. Place quesadilla on a baking sheet and keep warm in 200° oven. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make four additional quesadillas. Allow skillet to cool slightly if it becomes too hot.
4. To serve, cut each quesadilla into quarters. Serve 3 quarters to each person (there will be 2 leftover wedges to enjoy)
Total Cost: $9.50 About $1.60 per serving