Tasty Black Bean Quesadillas

tasty black bean quesadillas top view with avocado and mint dip

We love Mexican flavours – the exciting, vibrant heat popping with lime and chilli never fails, and these tasty black bean quesadillas make a delicious easy dinner.

This recipe is a very quick and easy one (not counting the flipping of the quesadillas, which can be quite nerve racking…!) and makes a fantastic treat. It’s vegetarian, but the black beans are meaty enough to keep even the most demanding carnivores happy.

I’ve never met a child who doesn’t like quesadillas, so they make a great kid friendly meal too.

Ingredients, Substitutions and Variations

  • Black beans – black beans are the base for this recipe. You’ll want tinned black beans in water – or, alternatively, soak and cook dried ones.
  • Red peppers – red bell peppers add some delicious sweetness to this recipe. You could also use yellow ones.
  • Spring onions – or use a small white or yellow onion.
  • Cumin, oregano and chilli flakes – these make a great spice mix for the black bean quesadillas. You could also add half a teaspoon of smoked paprika.
  • Grated cheddar – grated mozzarella would also work.
  • Tortilla wraps – you can use white or whole meal. I used white.
  • Olive oil – or vegetable oil.
  • Avocados– optional, for the avocado dip.
  • Mint – fresh mint is best.
  • Lime juice – or lemon juice.
  • Pumpkin seeds – optional.

Top Tips

  1. Making the filling

    For perfect quesadillas, you’re going to want to squash the black beans a little so that everything gets well combined. This will mix the cheese with the rest of the ingredients so that the filling keeps together when you cook it.

  2. Flipping the quesadillas

    The easiest way to flip quesadillas is to slip a fish slice beneath the bottom tortilla wrap, put your other hand over the top and lift and flip in one fluid movement.

  3. To serve

    Make this into a proper Mexican feast by serving alongside my nachos and dips!

tasty black bean quesadillas top view with avocado and mint dip

Black Bean Quesadillas

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Harriet Young
15 minute black bean quesadillas with red peppers, spring onions and cheese, served with a minty avocado dip.
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2 People


  • 400 g tin of black beans
  • 2 red peppers
  • 3 spring onions
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 100 g grated cheddar
  • 4 tortilla wraps
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 avocados
  • Sprig of mint
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • Handful pumpkin seeds


  • Chop the red peppers and spring onions as small as you can, then put into a bowl with the black beans, cumin, oregano, chilli flakes and cheese. Get you hands in there and scrunch into a paste, making sure it’s all well combined and the beans are squashed. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Chop the avocados (simply run your knife around the avocado and pull apart, remove the stone and slice the flesh. The skin should peel away easily) and put into a bowl with the chopped mint, lime juice and pumpkin seeds. Use a fork to press and combine into a chunky mix.
  • Spread the black bean mixture over 2 of the tortillas. Place the other two tortillas on top, like sandwiches.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the quesadillas one by one – for about 4 minutes on each side, until beautifully golden. Drain on kitchen paper when they have been cooked.
  • Slice and serve with the avocado dip on the side. Enjoy!
Keyword 15 minutes, black beans, quesadillas

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5 responses to “Tasty Black Bean Quesadillas”

  1. 5 stars
    All time favorite quesadillas with black beans. Looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  2. 5 stars
    I love how tasty these look. And how easy the process is, too. Such a great recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    Yum, made these for lunch, and we did not miss the meat at all! Easy and delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    Quick, easy and super tasty quesadilla recipe, we loved them! I plan on making them for Cinco de Mayo too! Thanks so much!

  5. 5 stars
    These black bean quesadillas were surprisingly flavorful! No one missed the meat and it was a perfect budget friendly option for dinner.

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