When you only have a few minutes to make your lunch or dinner, start cooking quesadillas con queso (with cheese)! This super simple recipe only takes a few minutes to put together but tastes simply amazing.
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Quick and Easy Meal!
While we all wish we had lots of time to prepare a perfect dinner every night, that is not always possible. However, you still need to eat something delicious and filling! This recipe for quesadillas with cheese and beans can help fulfill all those needs. It is easy to make, tastes great and will definitely fill you up in a very good way. You are going to love these quesadillas!
How to Make a Cheese Quesadilla with Beans
Making this recipe only requires that you follow a few very simple steps.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat with a little non stick cooking spray or butter.
- Spread the refried beans on the flour tortillas and then top with some shredded cheddar cheese.
- Fold the flour tortilla in half, enclosing the fillings, then place in the preheated pan.
- Brown the flour tortilla for about 3 minutes then flip and brown the other side. The cheese in the center should also be nice and melted at this point.
- Slice the cheese quesadilla and enjoy!
As we said before, it is so easy to make this cheese quesadilla meal. You will also find clean up to be quite easy as there is really only one pan to wash. Simple meals are very often the best meals!
Our recipe for cheese and bean quesadillas is straight forward and delicious. However, if you are looking to make a more authentic, classic quesadilla like they may make in the heart of Mexico, you may need to make a few changes. Here are some quick things that you can do in order to make this easy recipe even more authentic.
- Rather than use shredded cheddar cheese, use a cup of Oaxaca which is a stringy, Mexican cheese often found in quesadilla recipes.
- Make your own tortillas using corn masa and a tortilla maker 2 cups of Masa Harina and 1 1/2 cups of hot water blended together which will give you enough dough to make about 20 fresh quesadillas.
- Rather than use a can of refried beans, make them yourself. There are many delicious recipes for refried beans that you can make in your slow cooker or on the stove. Season the beans to suit your preferences (add some healthy cayenne pepper to make them spicy or chicken broth to make them creamier).
- When cooking the quesadillas in the saute pan, skip using the cooking spray or butter. Traditional quesadillas are heated in a hot, cast-iron skillet with no grease or butter to help them brown.
Make these changes and you will have an incredible quesadilla dinner. Of course, these extra steps will take a little more time but they’re worth it!
Here are a few questions that we frequently get asked about this quesadilla recipe. Hopefully, you will find the answer to any question you may have here, as well. If you are still wondering about something specific, send us an email or leave a message in the comments below and we will be sure to help!
What is the best cheese for quesadillas?
Our recipe used shredded cheddar cheese which has a nice mild flavor and melts perfectly. However, you can definitely give different cheeses a try. Monterey jack will have a nice spice, Mexican blended cheese may give your quesadillas a little more flavor and, as we mentioned before, Oaxaca is a traditional option. The main thing to keep in mind is that you want a cheese that melts well and is nice and stringy when it is melted- the hallmark of a quesadilla!
Thanks to the simplicity of this recipe, you can pair so many various ingredients with it! Sour cream, guacamole, shredded lettuce, jalapeno and tomato slices are just a few options you can try. You can also add a cup of cooked, shredded chicken to the flour tortillas to make a meat version of this recipe.
If you’re looking for more complete sides dishes to pair with your quesadilla meal, then read our article here which will give you plenty of delicious recipe ideas! If you find additional ingredients that you love, send us an email and let us know- we love to hear about how you make our recipes really shine.
How do you fold a tortilla?
Folding a tortilla is actually quite easy. All you need to do is fold the flour tortilla circle in half! One trick is to put all the fillings on one side of the circle then fold the empty half over the fillings, creating the top layer. Heat your tortillas in the microwave for a short amount of time (about 10 seconds or so) before you fill them.
This makes them more flexible and easier to fold. Rather than fold the flour tortillas, you can also spread extra fillings across an entire tortilla and then use a second, plain tortilla to go right on top, similar to making a sandwich.
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This is a tasty, easy lunch, dinner or snack that you can make in just a few minutes.
- 6 small flour tortillas
- 1 can of organic refried beans (15oz)
- 6 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
- Spray a skillet with non-stick spray then heat to medium high
- Layer tortilla with a spoonful of refried beans and a handful of shredded cheese
- Fold the tortilla in half and place in the hot skillet
- Let the quesadilla brown for 2-3 minutes on each side, just enough to melt the cheese and turn golden brown
- Remove the quesadilla from the skillet (and repeat for the rest of the tortillas)
- If you have very little time to make dinner and you are craving this recipe, skip the pan and simply cook the quesadilla in the microwave. Place the assembled quesadilla on a microwave safe plate and heat for about 30 seconds. Check to see if the cheese has melted and, if it has not, cook for another 15 seconds. No butter, no oil to cook with and barely any time needed!
- Make these quesadillas and cut them into smaller triangles. Serve as an appetizer for your next big party. Add a side of some sour cream, guacamole and salsa to make it even more fancy. It is a simple yet delicious party food!
- Rather than use refried beans, try making the recipe with cooked black beans. Not only do they add a new flavor but they stick to the authenticity of traditional Mexican foods.