Black Bean Quesadilla Recipe with Hot Pepper Jack Cheese and Baby Spinach

by Jennifer on July 14, 2011

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My husband likes things spicy.

Whether it is his food or his wife he needs some spice. Therefore, when he wandered into the kitchen yesterday and muttered ‘What’s for lunch?’ I said, you meander back up to work and I will surprise you.

Great, now what do I make? I knew we had some hot pepper jack cheese but what else? I noticed the BPA-free can of black beans that I intended for a salad and Shazaam, the plan was complete.

Black Bean Quesadilla Recipe with Hot Pepper Jack Cheese and Baby Spinach (yield 4 quesadillas)
8 whole grain or whole wheat tortillas
1 can black beans, drained, rinsed and gently mashed
4 slices of hot pepper jack cheese, roughly chopped
1 cup baby spinach leaves

1. Preheat a panini press or indoor grill. Place the beans into a large bowl and gently mash with a fork (this keeps them from rolling off the tortilla). Tear or slice the cheese into large pieces.

2. Spread the bleans onto 4 tortillas and then gently trasfer to the grill/press (depending on the size of your grill/press, you may have to make 1 or 2 at a time). Top with cheese and 1/4 cup baby spinach and one more tortilla. Grill until cheese is melted and grill marks are showing on the tortillas.

How do you ‘spice’ up your meals?

Fran July 14, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I used to eat a lot of hot spicy foods when I was younger and growing up in Guam. The local cuisine uses lots of hot chile peppers and the Vietnamese and Thai restaurants were very authentic in their use of spice. Since moving to Hawaii where everything is milder, I’ve become a bit of a wimp in the heat department. I recently found a pepper I really love though. They’re called “tamed” jalapenos. They have all the flavor of jalapenos, but only half the heat. The ones I’ve been buying are from a Napa Valley company called Mezzetta. They are delicious and I’ve been eating them on sandwiches, with steak and oven roasted chicken. I’d eat them straight out of the jar if I didn’t think my tummy would protest. Yummy!

Angie July 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I think we were both thinking quesadillas last night, these look amazing!

Sarah July 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I think you just provided me with tonight’s dinner!

Aggie July 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I’m such a spicy girl. The more spice the better 🙂 Loving this bb quesadillas!!

Kathleen July 14, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Pepper Jack is one of my all time favorite cheeses! This would be my perfect dinner!

EA-The Spicy RD July 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Very easy, very yum! Love it! BTW, I like my food spicy too 🙂

Georgia Pellegrini July 14, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I’m like your husband, LOVE spice. I think I’ve tried most hot sauces by now 🙂

Marla July 14, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Great meal! Your hubs is lucky you whipped this up so quickly!

Cajun Chef Ryan July 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Quick, easy, and tasty! Cannot go wrong with this one!

Shelby July 19, 2011 at 6:16 am

lol, Grumpy might do the same thing….but he wouldn’t listen when I told him to meander on back. He’d stay and hoover. lol. These sound yummy!

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