Black beans, corn, cilantro, cheese, and plenty of spices make these vegetarian black bean quesadillas big on flavor and surprisingly filling.

  • Total Cost $6.61 recipe / $0.66 serving
  • Prep Time 5 minutes
  • Cook Time 10 minutes
  • Total Time 15 minutes
  • Servings 10 ea

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 15 oz. can black beans** $0.56
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels $0.48
  • 1/2 small red onion $0.44
  • 1 clove garlic $0.08
  • 1/4 bunch fresh cilantro $0.21
  • 2 cups shredded cheese $2.50
  • 1 batch taco seasoning $0.34
  • 10 taco sized tortillas $2.00

INSTRUCTIONS

Drain the can of beans and rinse lightly. Place the beans in a large bowl along with the corn (no need to thaw).

Rinse the cilantro, remove the leaves, and chop roughly. Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Add the cilantro, onion, garlic, and shredded cheese to the bowl with the beans and corn. Lastly, mix up a batch of taco seasoning and add to the bowl. Stir everything until evenly mixed.

Place a half cup of the filling on one side of each tortilla and fold over. Cook in a skillet on both sides over medium heat until brown and crispy and the cheesy filling has melted. To freeze the quesadillas, simply fill each one and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the freezer for one hour to solidify the quesadillas and then transfer to a freezer bag. To reheat either microwave (for a soft quesadilla) or cook in a skillet on low heat (make sure to use low heat so that the filling has time to thaw and melt before the outside burns).

RECIPE NOTES

**I used black beans that I cooked from dry in my slow cooker using this method. It’s easy, requires almost no effort, and is about 1/3 the cost of a can of beans.

Full details: https://www.budgetbytes.com/2012/02/hearty-black-bean-quesadillas/

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