Spinach, Bell Pepper, Refried Bean and Cheddar Quesadillas

Fill a tortilla with refried beans, spinach and red bell peppers, then make it better with Cheddar.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min
  • Active: 55 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

1 large shallot, sliced (about 3/4 cup)

One 10-ounce package baby spinach leaves, washed but not dried

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 red bell peppers, cut into 1/4-inch strips

Four 10-inch (burrito-size) flour tortillas

2 cups shredded Cheddar

1 cup refried beans

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Sour cream, chopped scallions, guacamole and salsa, for serving


  1. Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook until they brown and soften, about 3 minutes. Add the spinach with whatever water clings to the leaves and season with salt and pepper. Increase the heat to high and stir, incorporating any browned bits from the bottom of the pan; cover and cook until the spinach is wilted, about 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bell peppers and cook until tender and slightly charred, 8 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Lay a tortilla on a work surface and top evenly with 1/2 cup of the Cheddar. Add one-quarter of the spinach mixture, one-quarter of the bell peppers and one-quarter of the beans. Fold the tortilla in half to enclose the fillings. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and ingredients.
  4. Melt 1/2 tablespoon of the butter in a large nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Cook a quesadilla, flipping once, until the cheese is melted and it is golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and repeat with the remaining butter and quesadillas.
  5. Cut into triangles and serve topped with sour cream, chopped scallions, guacamole and salsa.