Baja Quesadillas

Preparation Time: 20 to 25 minutes
Baking Time: 5 to 7 minutes

Makes 6 servings


  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut lengthwise in half, sliced
  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 small jalapeño chili, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 can (15 ounces) Black beans or 1 1/2 cups cooked dry-packaged Black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) Pinto beans or 1 1/2 cups cooked dry-packaged Pinto beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper, to taste*
  • 12 tortillas (6-inch)
  • 3/4 to 1 cup (3 to 4 ounces) shredded four-cheese Mexican blend or reduced-fat four-cheese
  • Mexican blend Salsa, as garnish*
  • Sour cream, as garnish*

Spray large skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat until hot. Sauté zucchini, onion, garlic, jalapeño chili and cumin until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.
Add beans to side of skillet; coarsely mash about half the beans. Mix beans, tomato and cilantro into onion mixture and cook 1 to 2 minutes. Spoon 1/3 cup mixture on one side of each tortilla and sprinkle with 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese. Fold tortillas in half and spray both sides with cooking spray.
Bake on cookie sheet at 450° F. until browned and crisp, 5 to 7 minutes, or cook in large skillet over medium heat until browned, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Garnish quesadillas with salsa and sour cream.

Notes: Bean mixture can be prepared 1 day in advance; refrigerate, covered.


Amount Per Serving

Cals: 408 From Fat: 23

Total Fat: 11g

Cholesterol: 13mg

Sodium: 832mg

Total Carb: 66g

Dietary Fiber: 11g

Sugars: na

Protein: 16g

Source: Compliments of the Idaho Bean Commission,
821 W. State Street, Boise, ID 83702