Corn and Black Bean Quesadillas

Quesadillas are a win-win for busy weeknight meals. They come together quick and easy, and are usually a tasty excuse to clean out leftovers[ from the fridge. In this case, the filling is made with canned black beans from the pantry and leftover corn on the cob.]

Total Time:
40 min
5 min
35 min

8 servings

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped fine
  • One 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked corn kernels (from 1 large ear)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Eight 8-inch round flour tortillas
  • 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • Pico de gallo, to serve, optional
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a 10-inch nonstick skillet. Add the onion and garlic; cook until lightly golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the beans, corn and another tablespoon of oil if the pan seems dry. Season with the salt, cumin and pepper, and stir in the cilantro. Let cook over medium-low heat until the beans and corn are heated through, about 5 minutes.

  • Heat a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat.

  • Meanwhile, arrange the tortillas flat on a counter. Sprinkle 1 1/2 tablespoons of cheese on one half of each tortilla. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the bean-corn mixture over the cheese. Top with another 1 1/2 tablespoons of cheese. Fold the filled tortillas into half-moons.

  • Place 2 quesadillas in the skillet. Cook until golden on the bottom and the cheese has started to melt, 2 to 3 minutes. Use a spatula to flip the quesadillas, and cook until golden on the other side, 2 to 3 more minutes,. Repeat with the remaining quesadillas.

  • Serve topped with pico de gallo if desired.

  • Easy Swap In: We usually make the filling with leftover grilled or roasted corn, but frozen corn works great too. Don't thaw the corn-just add the frozen kernels to the pan with the black beans and allow 1 to 2 extra minutes for them to heat through.

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