Build Your Own Quesadillas

  • serves 6


6 Ratings
Directions for: Build Your Own Quesadillas



19 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed (540ml)

¼ cup each chopped red onion and green pepper (50ml each)

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp chili powder (5ml)

½ tsp ground cumin (2ml)

1 tsp lime juice (5ml)

salt and pepper

vegetable oil

sour cream


½ cup mild or medium chunky corn salsa (125ml)

1 cup shredded Monterey jack or Cheddar (250ml)

3 small flour tortillas (3)


½ cup mild or medium chunky corn salsa (125ml)

1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander (15ml)

1/4 - 1/2 tsp chipotle pepper sauce, to taste (1-2ml)

1 cup shredded tex mex blend cheese (250ml)

3 large flour tortillas (3)

Build Your Own

2 cup chopped cooked beef (500ml)

½ cup frozen corn kernels, thawed(125ml)

½ cup chopped red pepper (125ml)

½ cup chopped red onion (125ml)



1. Combine pinto beans with red onion, green pepper, garlic, spices and lime juice in a food processor, and pulse until mixture is pureed, but still chunky. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Children Adults Build Your Own

1. Preheat the oven to 400 F/200 C. Lay all the tortillas on 2 lightly oiled baking sheets, and spread each with 3-4 tbsp/45-60 mL of the bean mixture, depending on the size of the tortilla. Follow with the appropriate salsas, adding coriander and chipotle sauce to the adult’s salsa. Proceed with individual selections from the build your own section, followed by the appropriate cheeses.

2. Leave the children’s quesadillas open-faced to resemble pizzas on 1 baking sheet, and fold the adults’ quesadillas into half-moons on the other. Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until heated through and cheese is melted. Switch oven position of baking sheets and turn the half-moons halfway during the cooking time. Slice into wedges and serve with extra salsa, sour cream and our guacamole recipe.

Tip: Quesadillas are a quick meal solution, and a great way to use up leftover cooked meats and chopped vegetables. Try with chicken and almost any fresh vegetables. Good for the vegetarian and the meat lover.

See more: Kid-Friendly, Lunch, Mexican, Cheese, Beans, Dinner, Main


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