Black Bean and Quinoa Quesadillas

October 04, 2012 • Recipes, Mains

Here is a great meal idea that is loaded with protein that your kids will love. Works well in the lunchbox as well!

Quinoa contains high levels of protein, B vitamin, lysine, iron and potassium. Black beans are a good source of protein, thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese and also a very good source of dietary fiber and folate. This recipe makles 4 quesadillas.


  • ½ cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans
  • 4 large whole grain tortillas
  • ¾ cup grated Monterey jack or cheddar cheese


  1. Measure quinoa and water into a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a slow simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes until the water is fully absorbed. Set the pan aside.
  3. In a separate saucepan, warm-up black beans over low-medium heat.
  4. Warm a cast-iron skillet over high heat.
  5. Place a tortilla in the skillet until barely warm, then flip.
  6. Spoon about ¼ of the cooked quinoa and black beans over half the tortilla.
  7. Sprinkle about ¼ of the cheese over the black beans.
  8. Fold the top of the tortilla down.
  9. Cook for about 1 minute on one side. Flip and cook for another minute.
  10. Repeat with remaining tortillas.