Bean and Cheese Quesadillas

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Servings: 6

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

About healthyfitsam

I'm a wife and a mother of three who is trying to "green" up our house and help us become healthier individuals. I have my bachelors and masters in nutrition, am a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Sports Science Dietitian. My kids are into sports and all things ‘boy’. I love sharing my knowledge with others about little things I find out, so stay tuned.
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