Black bean quesadillas

Dietician's Tip

If you like, add grilled chicken, shrimp or other lean meats to this recipe.


  • 1 1/2 cups reduced sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup finely diced zucchini
  • 1 cup frozen sweet corn kernels, thawed
  • 2/3 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup shredded 2% sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 2 whole-wheat tortillas, 12 inches in diameter


Heat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, combine the beans, zucchini, corn, red onion, cheese, cilantro, cumin, salt, pepper and Tabasco sauce.

Heat a large, nonstick skillet to medium heat and coat with cooking spray. Place one tortilla in the pan to warm. Place half the bean mixture on one side of the tortilla and fold over to cover. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes then flip the quesadilla and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and place on a baking sheet. Repeat with the other tortilla.

Bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until cheese has completely melted. Cut each quesadilla into 4 even slices and serve with your choice of condiments.

Serving Information

Serves 4

Nutritional analysis per serving

Calories: 281
Total carbohydrate: 41 g
Cholesterol: 15 mg
Dietary fiber: 16 g
Monounsaturated fat: 1 g
Protein: 14 g
Saturated fat: 4 g
Serving size: 2 slices
Sodium: 522 mg
Total fat: 8 g

DASH Eating Plan Servings

Dairy foods (low-fat or fat-free): 1/2
Grains and grain products: 1
Nuts, seeds and dry beans: 1
Vegetables: 1 1/2

Diabetes Meal Plan Choices

Fats: 1/2
Meat and meat substitutes: 1
Nonstarchy vegetables: 1/2
Starches: 2

Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid Servings

Carbohydrates: 1 1/2
Protein and dairy: 1
Vegetables: 1

Last Updated May 21, 2016

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