Black Bean Quesadillas

By Sheila C., Marla C. and T E D. from Sligo Middle School (Montgomery County Public Schools), Silver Spring, Maryland.


Sligo students taste tested nine new dishes for the Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge, and black bean quesadillas came out on the very top.  Even students who had not tried the other dishes tried the quesadillas.  There were no leftovers.


Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 quesadilla

From Fat32.4%
From Saturated Fat0%
From Sugar0%


Ingredient 6 servings 50 servings
whole wheat tortillas12100
black beans2 15-oz. cans2 #10 cans/6 lbs.
medium-hot salsa1 cup0.5 gallon/2 lbs.
part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded1 cup8 cups/2 lbs.


Preheat the oven to 400°F. Shred the cheese and set aside. Drain the beans. Add 1 cup of the salsa to half the beans in the food processor, and process together until the mixture is creamy. Add to the whole black beans in a bowl and mix well, so that the mixture is spreadable and resembles refried beans.

Lightly spray one side of each tortilla with vegetable oil. Place 6 tortillas on a baking sheet. Spread the tortillas with bean mixture, then 2 tablespoons shredded cheese. Fold each one in half, like a half moon, pat it flat and lay on a baking sheet. When the baking sheet is filled, bake for 15 minutes, or until cheese has melted, and the tortilla is crisp. Cut into wedges and serve with reserved salsa.