Bean and Cheese Quesadillas for Lunchtime Joy

Can you see the oozing cheesy goodness?

Bean and Cheese Quesadllias for Lunch?

Easy toddler food?

Happy husband food?


Stackable goodness

I start by cutting up a medium sized onion, sautéing it in some olive oil, adding some cumin and oregano (about 1/4 t each), mixing in a can of drained and rinsed black beans, then mixing about 1/2 C of shredded cheese in til it all melts into a delicious mess.

I throw some tortillas (I’ve been using all different sized tortillas, but I think I like the 4″ ones best) onto either a nonstick griddle or a nonstick frying pan.  I highly recommend you use a nonstick pan.  Highly. Please let my experience be your guide!  So I leave the tortillas on the pan on VERY low heat til they get all crispy on one side, then I flip them over for another minute or two.  I top them with the bean and cheese mix, spread it all out with the back of the spoon, then top it with another toasted tortilla.  Transfer to a cutting board/plate/flat surface and cut into 6 pieces.  Perfect for toddler-sized hands!

Crispy cheesy beany joy

Bean & Cheese Quesadillas by Me

Printable Recipe HERE


1 Medium Onion, chopped smallish

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil (any oil will do actually)

1/4 teaspoon Oregano

1/4 teaspoon Cumin **Feel free to add more or less to your taste.  You can add in whatever you see fit, actually.  It’s your belly!

1 15oz. can Black Beans, Pinto Beans, whatever beans you have on hand, drained and rinsed.

2 Tortillas/Quesadilla = if you’re feeding 2 toddlers, sometimes they’ll eat 1 sandwich, sometimes they’ll 3….  *sigh*

1/2 cup Shredded Cheese – I usually Cheddar, but any mild cheese will be fine.

How To:

1- Heat oil in a pan, sautee onions in the oil.

2- Add spices.

3- Add drained & rinsed beans.

4- Mash them a little bit with the back of your spoon.

5- Add in cheese.

6- Stir to incorporate everything.

7- On a nonstick pan/griddle/whatever toast first side of tortilla (about 1 minute or 2 on low heat).

8- Flip the tortillas over and lay on the bean mix.

9- Top with another toasted tortilla.

10- Transfer to a cutting board and slice away!

*clapping with joy*

Oh – I find these transport well too, so I often make them ahead of time to bring with us on adventures….



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