Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas Recipe

Cook with leftovers from Green Rice & Black Bean Bowls to make this nutritious dinner recipe.

January/February 2017

  • Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadilla
    Beans and sweet potatoes make this vegetarian dish filling.
    Photo by Megan Gordon
  • Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadilla

Total Hands-On Time: 30 min

Yield: 6 servings

These quesadillas are a great, quick weekday dinner and leftovers make for a welcome alternative to a boring desk lunch. Extra quesadillas freeze well, too. Serve with a green salad or your favorite soup for a more complete meal.


• 2 cups Cumin-Roasted Sweet Potatoes 
• 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more to brush quesadillas 
• 1⁄2 yellow onion, diced (prepared Saturday)
• Sea salt
• 2 cloves garlic, minced 
• 3⁄4 teaspoon chili powder
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• 2 cups Spiced Black Beans
• 6 large whole-wheat or sprouted-grain tortillas 
• 3 cups grated cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (prepared Monday) 
• 1⁄2 cup chopped cilantro (prepared Sunday)
• Salsa
• Sour cream
• 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced


1. Place sweet potatoes in a large mixing bowl and mash well with a fork. 
2. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and pinch of salt, and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder and cumin, and cook 1 minute. Fold onions and beans into mashed sweet potatoes. If following meal plan, allow to cool, then cover and refrigerate.
3. In a saucepan, heat black bean mixture over low to medium heat until warmed through. 
4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and place the first tortilla in the skillet to warm. Flip after 30 seconds to warm second side. Quickly brush tortilla with oil and flip so oil side is down.
5. Spoon 3⁄4 cup bean mixture onto one side of tortilla. Sprinkle with 1⁄2 cup cheese. Fold empty half of tortilla over filling.
6. Cook until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip quesadilla and cook until second side is golden, 1 to 2 minutes.
7. Transfer cooked quesadillas to a cutting board or keep warm in low-heat oven. Continue assembling and cooking remaining 5 quesadillas. Cut into wedges and serve with cilantro on top, and salsa, sour cream and avocado on the side. 

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