Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas: A Fiesta of Flavors


Bring a touch of Mexican fiesta to your table with these Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas. Filled with a hearty mix of black beans, sweet corn, melted cheese, and spices, these quesadillas are a perfect quick and satisfying meal. They're great for a family dinner, a casual get-together, or even as a tasty snack.

Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas: A Fiesta of Flavors

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes

Number of Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4 quesadillas
  • Serving Size: 1 quesadilla


  • 8 flour tortillas (about 20 cm or 8 inches in diameter)
  • 200 grams (7 ounces) canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 150 grams (5.3 ounces) sweet corn (canned or frozen and thawed)
  • 200 grams (7 ounces) shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 30 ml (2 tablespoons) vegetable oil, for frying
  • Optional garnishes: sour cream, avocado slices, salsa, chopped cilantro

Method of Preparation

  1. In a bowl, mix together the black beans, corn, bell pepper, onion, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.
  2. Lay out 4 tortillas and evenly distribute the cheese on each. Then, spread the bean and corn mixture over the cheese. Top with the remaining tortillas.
  3. Heat a little oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook each quesadilla for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  4. Cut the quesadillas into wedges and serve with optional garnishes like sour cream, avocado slices, and salsa.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use a combination of cheeses for a richer flavor.
  • Ensure the skillet is not too hot to prevent the tortillas from burning.
  • Add a splash of lime juice to the bean mixture for a zesty flavor.


  • Can I use whole wheat tortillas? Absolutely, whole wheat tortillas are a healthier option and work well in this recipe.
  • How can I store leftover quesadillas? Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days and reheat in a skillet or oven.
  • Can I add meat to the quesadillas? Yes, cooked chicken, beef, or pork can be added for a non-vegetarian version.