Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas make a nice lunch or snack that is relatively quick and easy to prepare. Without meat, Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas are great for “Meatless Mondays” or any day that you would like to skip the meat!

As I discussed in a previous post, Meatless Meals 1 / Love Those Veggies, meatless meals are built around vegetables, grains, beans and nuts instead of meat. Certain health benefits may be derived from eating less meat and more vegetables. The risk of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity may be reduced by eating less meat and more vegetables. Also, there is no cholesterol in plant-based foods.

Sweet potatoes contain some great nutrients such as beta carotene, Vitamin A, fiber, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and blood sugar regulating nutrients. Beta carotene is a strongly colored red-orange pigment abundant in fruits and vegetables. Beta carotene is a well-known antioxidant and eating a diet rich in beta carotene is an excellent health recommendation.


Black beans have a dense, meaty texture which makes them popular in many vegetarian dishes and especially popular in Latin American cuisine. Black beans contain protein, antioxidants, many minerals and they are high in fiber. Black beans help keep blood sugar levels stable also.

The Recipe

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas
Yields 4
A quick and easy way to have a meatless meal, featuring sweet potatoes and black beans.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 medium Sweet Potatoes
  2. 4 Whole Wheat Tortillas (8-inch)
  3. 3/4 cup canned Black Beans, rinsed & drained
  4. 1/2 cup shredded Pepper Jack or Mozzarella Cheese
  5. 3/4 cup Salsa
  6. 3 tablespoons Butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Pierce sweet potatoes several times with a fork. Microwave, uncovered, on high 7-9 minutes or until very tender.
  2. When cool enough to handle, cut each potato lengthwise in half. Scoop out pulp.
  3. Spread pulp on one half of each tortilla; top with beans and cheese.
  4. Fold other half of tortilla over filling.
  5. Heat a griddle, grill or skillet over medium heat.
  6. Brush butter on tortilla and place on griddle buttered-side down, being careful not to spill the contents.
  7. Brush butter on top side of tortilla.
  8. Cook several minutes on each side or until golden brown and cheese is melted.
  9. Serve with salsa.
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 The Methodology

To begin making Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas, first cook the sweet potatoes. Pierce the sweet potatoes with a fork several times (so they don’t explode!) and microwave them on high for 7-9 minutes, until soft. Allow the sweet potatoes to cool for a few minutes, then cut them lengthwise and scoop out the sweet potato pulp. Mash the sweet potato pulp with a fork until smooth.

Next, spread the mashed sweet potato on half of each whole wheat tortilla.

Then top the sweet potato layer with some black beans.

Top the black beans with some shredded cheese.

Fold the empty half of the tortilla over the filling.

Brush melted butter over the folded tortilla and place buttered side down on a grill pan, electric griddle or grill or a skillet on medium heat, taking care not to spill the contents. Brush melted butter on the top side of the folded tortilla.

Cook several minutes on each side until the Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas are golden brown and the cheese is melted. Cut into smaller pieces and serve with salsa.

Tasty Tip: I found it easy to cut the Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas using a pizza cutter!

Planning some meatless meals into your weekly menu plan helps keep the food budget in line. I enjoyed Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas because they contain two of my favorite ingredients – sweet potatoes and black beans! I hope you’ll try adding a few meatless meals to your weekly routine – you’ll be aiding your health and your budget too!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

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Comments

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas — 40 Comments

  1. oh my gosh!! this sounds so good – and good for my body!! Thanks for joining us again at the “What’s for Dinner” linky party!

  2. Love this combo – sweet potatoes and black beans are MADE to go together. ? Found you on the Happiness is Homemade party.

  3. This recipe looks so yummy – Thanks for sharing!!

    I just wanted to drop a note and invite you to come join us at Sunday’s Simple Homemaker Link-Up. Would love to have you link-up!! http://www.prairiegalcookin.com/sundays-simple-homemaker-1st-weekly-link-up

  4. Hi Prairie Gal, Thanks for your comments and for stopping by. I would be happy to join Sunday’s Simple Homemaker Link-up! Thanks for asking me! Blessings, Janet

  5. This recipe looks so delicious! Hi, I’m Anita visiting from Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

  6. Love these nutritious vegetarian quesadillas. If you want to share this healthy recipe with us on SUNDAY at Fitness & Food link-up, we would love to have you! Have a great week!

  7. I’m such a big fan of sweet potatoes, I made a Pinterest board just for recipes which is where I just put this one. Sounds really yummy! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday.

  8. Hi Shirley, I love sweet potatoes too! Thanks so much for pinning this recipe. Hope you’ll get to make it soon. Blessings, Janet

  9. Hi Anita, I love sweet potatoes so this recipe is a keeper for me. Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  10. Hi Ilka, Thanks for your comments & I would be happy to link up at Fitness & Food link-up! Hope you have a great week too! Blessings, Janet

  11. Hi Shirley, Thanks for pinning this recipe! I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do! Love those sweet potatoes! Blessings, Janet

  12. What a Great Idea to use the sweet potatoes! Thank you for sharing at the Sunday Fitness & Food Link-up. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe ?

  13. Looks delicious and I love how simple it is to prepare. Thanks for sharing and happy FF:)

  14. Hi Angela, Thanks for your kind comments & for stopping by! Hope you enjoy the recipe! Blessings, Janet

  15. Hi Lily, Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy the sweet potato black bean quesadillas! My husband even asked me when we were going to have them again. Blessings, Janet

  16. I would never have thought to put sweet potatoes in a quesadilla. Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  17. We love sweet potato tacos at our house so this sounds right up our street!! Pinned! ?

  18. You had me at the word Quesadilla. I love to eat anything with melted cheese.

    Thanks for sharing at SYC.

  19. Hope you enjoy the Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas! Sweet Potato Tacos sound interesting as well! Blessings, Janet

  20. Hi Carol, I know what you mean – I’m a cheese lover too! Hope you enjoy this recipe! Blessings, Janet

  21. Oh how yummy!!

    Thanks so much for linking up over at Sunday?s Simple Homemaker on Prairie Gal Cookin! Please feel free to drop in and leave a link or two on this week?s link-up, we?d love to see what you?ve been up to! http://www.prairiegalcookin.com/sundays-simple-homemaker-2nd-weekly-link-up/

  22. Janet, This looks like a great recipe and I will be trying it soon. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

  23. Hi Sylvia, Thanks for your comment and for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas! Blessings, Janet

  24. Yum! I love both sweet potatoes, black beans and anything vaguely Mexican so these are right up my ally!

    Thanks for sharing this with us on Throwback Thursday! Hope to see you next week!

    Mollie

  25. Hi Mollie, I like anything vaguely Mexican or even obviously Mexican, too! Hope you enjoy this recipe! See you Thursday! Blessings, Janet

  26. This sounds absolutely amazing! Thanks so much for sharing on the Healthy Living Link party! We hope to see you back tonight ?

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