Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadillas. Healthy vegetarian quesadillas jam packed with sweet potatoes, black beans, and creamy cheese!

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadillas. Healthy vegetarian quesadillas jam packed with so much flavor!

This weekend was seriously a blast. For anyone who actually knows Kevin and I, you know that we’re both pretty old souls. It’s a miracle if we’re out past 10pm and an even bigger miracle if we were doing something more exciting than just going to dinner. This Friday we put on our big boy pants and forced ourselves out of the house at 9:30pm. Yes, we LEFT the house at 9:30pm.

We’ve been slowly trying to work our way through Austin, one restaurant and one must-do at a time, but we hadn’t been on the East side much yet, so Friday we ventured over there! I’m kind of a crazy planner lady so it’s rare that we leave the house without a plan, but this time we did. We knew we wanted to go somewhere with music (which is pretty much everywhere in Austin) and we knew we didn’t need food (because we had just eaten these glorious quesadillas). So, we just started driving around with our windows open so when we heard some music we liked we could pull over!

Our travels eventually led us to the White Horse and we had an awesome time listening to a bluesy, honky tonk female artist and watching all the 2 steppin’ people. I even found out they teach free 2 step lessons on certain days of the week so we’re definitely going to hit that up!

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadillas. Healthy vegetarian quesadillas jam packed with so much flavor!

These Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadillas have made their appearance 4-5 times in the last two months. We can’t get enough of them and Kev has told multiple people that he likes them better than quesadillas with meat!

I’ve also made them in enchilada form and that’s a great option too. I absolutely love sweet potatoes, but they always have to be spiced and on the savory spectrum. If you bring sweet potatoes with marshmallows and pecans to Thanksgiving dinner, I’ll gobble them up, but I consider them a delicious dessert, not a side dish. These amply spiced savory quesadillas, however, have made it onto my recipe repeat list, which is quite an accomplishment as I don’t generally like remaking recipes very often.

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadillas. Healthy vegetarian quesadillas jam packed with so much flavor!

On Saturday, we started the morning by checking out a local farmers market then making the drive out to Fredericksburg, which is a little town a few hours west of Austin that’s full of lots of cute shops, restaurants, and German beer gardens. On our way to the actual town, we stopped at the Fredericksburg Trade Days, a flea market in the middle of a giant field that was the most Texafied (yes, I’m making that a word) place I’ve been to since moving. Cast iron everything, leather holsters for your pistols, and jeweled pearl snapped shirts galore. If we hadn’t yet realized that we’ve officially moved to Texas, it was made so clear to us at the Flea Market.

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadillas. Healthy vegetarian quesadillas jam packed with so much flavor!

We’re both mildly obsessed with these quesadillas and think they would be a great addition to your weekly meal plan!

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadillas. Healthy vegetarian quesadillas jam packed with so much flavor!
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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadillas. Healthy vegetarian quesadillas jam packed with so much flavor!

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadillas


  • Author: Kitschen Cat
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 large quesadillas 1x

Description

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadillas. Healthy vegetarian quesadillas jam packed with sweet potatoes, black beans, and creamy cheese!


Ingredients

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Quesadillas

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (affiliate)
  • 1 large sweet potato (about 3 cups chopped)
  • 1 15 oz can black beans (affiliate), drained
  • ½ teaspoon cumin (affiliate)
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/3 cup salsa verde (affiliate)
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 cup cheese (cheddar, colby jack, or monterey jack)

Toppings

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • Sour cream
  • Avocado
  • Limes

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop sweet potato into small bite sized pieces.
  2. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium high heat and add sweet potato.
  3. Saute for 5-10 minutes with lid on until potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork. Add black beans and spices.
  4. Add salsa verde and cream cheese and stir mixture until cream cheese is fully melted.
  5. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and spray large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  6. To assemble quesadillas, place tortillas onto baking sheet and spread with sweet potato filling. Sprinkle with grated cheese and top with tortilla.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes until tortilla edges start to get crispy.
  8. Top with onion, sour cream, avocado, and a squirt of lime juice.

Notes

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning I get a commission if you decide to make a purchase through my links, at no cost to you.

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16 thoughts on “Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadillas

  1. Made this recipe for dinner tonight (2-23-16), was very easy and really delicious! Since I eat gluten free, I
    substituted GF tortillas from Aldi and the recipe worked great. Will definitely be making these gems on a regular basis.
    Love heading over to Kitschen Cat for great recipes and inspiration. Thanks!

  2. I don’t think I understand the cream cheese in this dish. I know it will make it creamy and I guess adds something savoury… It just doesn’t seem right in a quesadilla. But if you stand by it, I’m willing to try it!

    1. I totally understand! I originally found a few recipes using cream cheese in enchiladas and wasn’t so sure how that would work, but turns out it’s deliciously creamy and can be substituted in so many places where you would use a normal cheese like cheddar or monterey jack! You should definitely give it a try 🙂

  3. OMG I made these but used Trader Joes refried beans with jalapenos can I had in my pantry instead of the can of black beans and it was amazing! Def making again. Everyone loved it. Thanks! 🙂

    1. So glad you liked these Suzanne! I love the idea of trying refried beans in there instead of black – I’ll have to make that sub. next time we have these for dinner 🙂

  4. This recipe is super easy to “veganize”. Used vegan cream cheese, vegan cheese, and vegan sour cream. It’s is delicious and my family loves it. My 10 year old son actually gets excited when I tell him we are having it for dinner!

  5. Would love to make these tonight. Always trying to add veggie nights. Would you happen to have the nutritional information on these?

    1. Hi Robin, I hope you enjoyed these! So sorry, I don’t have nutrition information displayed for any of my recipes at this time, but it’s definitely something I’m thinking about including in the future.

  6. Made this for dinner tonight, minus the avocado ( forgot to buy it). We’re vegan, so I did use vegan sour cream and cheeses. Absolutely amazing! The best quesadillas I have ever had! Thank you for your recipe!

    1. Thanks Patti! I haven’t tried those substitutions, so it’s really good to know that it still turned out tasty! 🙂

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