Black bean quesadillas

Black bean quesadillas
Black bean quesadillas
Black bean quesadillas

Essentially, a quesadilla is a Mexican cheese toastie – and seriously, what’s not to like about that?! There’s also no toastie machine/fancy single- contact grill involved, you can simply squidge these babies into your frying pan and fill them with all sorts of magical fillings. In fact, it reminded me of the Branston pickle and cheese toasties my mum used to make me. I remember it like it was yesterday, that first glorious bite that would send a molten cheesy Branston pickle lava to run down my chin, burning my face and the inside of my mouth. Good times.
Anyhoo, until I come up with a safe alternative to the Branston pickle toastie, let’s squash some black beans together with some cheese and have a fiesta. Quesadillas are easy to make and a great way to get rid of leftovers, because you can fill them with pretty much anything, just as long as you have some kind of cheese to bind it all together. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again (a bit more sincerely this time) ‘good times’.

Black bean quesadillas
Makes 2 quesadillas (serves 2) / Hands on time 30 mins / Total time 35 mins /
1 tsp rapeseed oil
1 small white onion, peeled and thinly sliced
½ tsp ground cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
Pinch of chilli flakes
1 corn on the cob, kernels removed
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 lime
Handful of fresh coriander chopped
150g grated vegetarian cheddar (75g per quesadilla)
4 large wholemeal tortillas
To serve 
2 spring onions, chopped
Avocado, stoned and scooped out

1. In a large frying pan or casserole dish, sweat the sliced onions in the rapeseed oil with a good pinch of salt until softened (add a dash of water if the onions are catching to help them steam).
2. Once the onions are soft, add the smoked paprika, cumin and chilli flakes and continue to cook for a few minutes, stirring continually (if the spices start to stick to the bottom
, add a dash of water to loosen them up). Meanwhile, carefully run a sharp knife down the sides of the corn on the cob to remove the kernels and add them to the pan along with the black beans and the juice of half a lime. Give it all a good stir and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cut the remaining lime into wedges and put to one side. Preheat an oven to 140°C/120°C fan/ 275°F/gas mark 1 and place 1 large oven-proof plate inside.
3. Cook the bean mixture for a further 5 mins on a medium to high heat before adding a handful of chopped coriander. Take off the heat, cover with a lid and put to one side.

TIP: Once cooled the filling can be frozen. I usually only make one quesadilla and freeze the other half of the bean mixture for another day. To freeze, fully cool before spooning into an airtight container and freezing for up to 3 months. 

4. Grate the cheese (75g per quesadilla) and put to one side. Put a large non-stick frying pan on a medium to high heat and place a tortilla in the centre. Top with half the bean mixture and spread it out evenly. Sprinkle with half the cheddar and top with another tortilla. Press down on the quesadilla with a spatular as it’s cooking to make sure it is as flat as possible for 3-5 mins. To flip the quesadilla over, carefully place a large plate over the top of the pan face down and turn up-side-down. Put the frying pan back on the heat and slide the quesadilla back into the frying pan from the plate. Cook on the other side for around 5 more mins before transferring onto the warm plate in the oven. Repeat this process with the other quesadilla.
5. Once the second quesadilla is cooked, carefully remove the first quesadilla for the oven. Cut each quesadilla into eighths and serve immediately topped with sprinkled spring onions, scooped out avocado and the remaining lime wedges.

Black bean quesadillas
Black bean quesadillas

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V– Vegetarian     – The bean mixture can be frozen for up to 3 months once cooled.