Cheesy Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

These quesadillas are an amazing way to transform ingredients from your pantry into a crowd pleasing appetizer or meal prep snack. While they’re not the highest protein recipe on my blog, they have a whopping 13 grams of fiber per quesadilla to keep you full. And I’ve included some suggestions below for boosting the protein if you have some extra meat in the fridge. 

I’ll run you through the recipe and cover other ingredient notes as we go. And you’ll find a printable recipe card that just gets down to business at the bottom of this post. 

black bean and corn quesadillas on a wire rack with a bowl of spicy Greek yogurt dipping sauce

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Add a can of black beans and whole kernel corn to a skillet with a little spice. 

canned black beans and corn with spices in a skillet

Feel free to add other ingredients to the mix. I made a batch with diced green chiles and Trader Joe’s chili lime seasoning instead of the spice blend the recipe calls for. You could also use something like taco seasoning or other spice blends for convenience. 

Though adding ingredients will likely affect the number of quesadillas you make. I wouldn’t go too far above the recommended 1/4 cup of filling per tortilla or you’ll have overflow. You could, however, use larger tortillas or make more quesadillas.

Since these black bean quesadillas are meatless as-is, here are a few ideas for beefing them up with a little extra protein (pun intended): 

I also recently posted cheesy bacon ranch ground chicken quesadillas and pizza quesadillas recipes.

Cook over high heat until no liquid remains, about 12-15 minutes.

the black beans and corn before and after reducing for 12-15 minutes

The larger the skillet, the faster you’ll be able to reduce the mixture. Don’t be afraid to crank up the heat to get this done in a hurry. Just be sure to stand watch to avoid burning. And be sure to get the crispy bits off the edges of the skillet before cooling to fill your quesadillas. 

An important note here: You really want almost no liquid remaining in your mixture. If you don’t cook off the excess enough, you’ll have trouble sealing your quesadillas without some overflow. It also helps to let the mixture cool for a few minutes before assembling the quesadillas. 

Throw tortillas on a griddle or in a skillet with cheese, filling, and more cheese on one half of each tortilla.

making the black bean and corn quesadillas on a griddle

Cheese, filling, cheese. Easy enough, right? 

The recipe calls for eight 6-inch tortillas. I used Mission whole wheat carb balance tortillas, but you’re welcome to use any tortilla. It shouldn’t make much difference. 

Also, be sure to use freshly shredded cheese for best results. The packaged stuff is inferior when it comes to melting, and we want some melty, melty action here. 

Gently fold the empty half of the tortilla to seal via the cheese melting mechanism. 

how to make the black bean quesadillas

Emphasis on the gently. You’re not smashing your quesadillas like Shake Shack burgers. Fold the empty half just enough to let the top layer of cheese melt from residual heat so it sticks together. 

And then… 

Flip to get both sides extra toasty. 

finished quesadillas on the griddle

If you do press too hard or have a little too much liquid left in your black bean and corn mixture, you can use the flat side of your spatula to kinda push any bits back inside. The cheese should form a crust-like barrier to keep everything sealed in (see: top taco in the photo above)

Pro tip to speed things up: If you pre-measure your shredded cheese and filling for each tortilla, you can easily manage 4+ tortillas going at once. That is, if you have the pan space. 

Serving Your Black Bean Quesadillas

cheesy black bean and corn quesadillas on a plate with Greek yogurt dipping sauce

The dip you see in the photos is a super simple mix of 1/2 cup (113g) fat free Greek yogurt and 2 tablespoons (30g) Trader Joe’s spicy taco sauce. You could swap the taco sauce for hot sauce, salsa, pico de gallo, or even cheddar powder like in my queso mac and cheese.

One of my favorite salsa + Greek yogurt combos is guacamole salsa. I used it for my creamy chicken enchiladas, and it’s too legit to quit. 

That should cover it. You’ll find the printable recipe card below. Be sure to let me know what you think about these quesadillas once you give ’em a go! 

cheesy black bean and corn quesadillas on a plate with Greek yogurt dipping sauce

Cheesy Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

Yield: 8 Quesadillas
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Transform pantry ingredients into cheesy, crispy, super filling quesadillas the whole crew will enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 15 oz can Black Beans
  • 15 oz can Whole Kernel Corn
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 8 Tortillas (I used 6-inch Mission Carb Balance tortillas)
  • 8 oz Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

Instructions

  1. Add the corn and black beans, undrained, to a large skillet over high heat. Add the spices and cook, stirring occasionally, until no liquid remains, about 12-15 minutes. Remove from the heat to briefly cool before making the quesadillas.
  2. Heat a second skillet or griddle over medium heat with nonstick cooking spray. Add the tortillas to the griddle. Place 2 Tbsp (14g) of cheese on one half of each tortilla followed by 1/4 cup (65g) of the beans/corn mixture and another 2 Tbsp (14g) of cheese.
  3. Gently fold the tortilla in half, holding the top half closed for a few seconds to melt the top layer of cheese. Cook for another 1-2 minutes per side until golden brown. If you have any filling or cheese leaking out of the quesadilla, use the flat side of your spatula to press it back in until the cheese forms a crust-like seal around the edges. Repeat for all 8 quesadillas.

Notes

Each quesadilla has 5 WW SmartPoints (blue plan).

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Quesadillas Serving Size: 1 Quesadilla
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 220Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 13gSugar: 3gProtein: 13g

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12 thoughts on “Cheesy Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas”

  • I Made these a couple of nights ago and my spouse and I are still talking about how good they were. So quick and easy but absolutely delicious. I subbed the low carb tortillas for homemade corn ones but I’m sure they’d be delicious either way. I added a little bit of crock pot, green chili chicken and was ready to lick the plate clean. Thank you for giving us what I assume will become a weekly staple!

  • I love quesadillas and these are amazing! I typically eat chicken quesadillas but these are so good I don’t miss the meat! Quick and easy recipe!!!

  • Easy weeknight dinner; I have also made variations where I added chicken or sweet potato for a little more oomph. I enjoyed all of them though.

  • These are so easy and SO GOOD. I have been buying black beans and corns every time I’m at the store to make them. I’m cooking for my husband and I and this recipe makes a lot so be prepared to either eat a lot (what I do) or have some leftovers.

  • These are so good! This recipe came in so sandy while quarantined the last 28 days. To my surprise, the kids even loved it! Every day pantry and fridge items made this so easy to try. Loved it

  • 5☆☆☆☆☆
    I made these for dinner tonight. Absolutely amazing! I meal prep, so I cooked up my chicken and shredded a cpl pieces to add to the mixture. This was crazy easy to make and absolutely delicious.. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE black beans and corn mixed together anyways. Plenty of leftovers too, so score for meal prepping!! This will most likely be on the menu weekly. Thanks Mason for all your hard work in the kitchen and sharing so i don’t have to work so hard to figure it out 😊

  • SO yum! I also love making wraps/quesadillas like these with the Ole Extreme Wellness wraps. You could also add an egg white or two and call it a breakfast quesadilla. YUM!!

  • First of all, extremely delicious exactly as written! Anyone try freezing what was leftover? If so, how did they turn out?

    • Good question. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone freeze them yet, but I bet they’d do fine if you can reheat in an oven/air fryer. Maybe someone else will chime in with some personal experience.

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